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UTEP Alum Turner Tabbed As One Of Nine NCAA Woman of the Year Finalist

INDIANAPOLIS- Former Miner women’s basketball star and May 2016 UTEP graduate Cameasha Turner has been chosen as one of nine finalists for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, as announced by the NCAA Office Tuesday.

The distinguished group, whose collegiate careers are highlighted by outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership, will be honored at an awards dinner in Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct. 16. The 2016 Woman of the Year will be named at the event.

Turner’s advancement to the final round is an incredible accomplishment given that the process originally started with a record 517 nominees. The NCAA Woman of the Year committee whittled that number down to 142 conference nominees before again reducing the field significantly to 30 women-10 from each of the three NCAA divisions.

The last round of cuts brought the number to nine, with three women from each NCAA division selected.

Turner was a natural leader on the court, in the classroom and among the community. She graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA as a criminal justice major with a minor in psychology and legal reasoning.

Turner then received the Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Award. She is now chasing her dream of becoming a lawyer and ultimately a judge as a first semester law student at the University of Notre Dame.

The Dallas native was active with different organizations on campus and volunteered with the Special Olympics, Children’s Hospital, Let’s SAAC Hunger and the UTEP Mini Basketball Clinic during the academic year. With the Special Olympics, she help set up fun activities and games for the children to take part in. She also met with kids with cancer to help elevate their spirits in their time of need.

The 2016 UTEP Female Athlete of the Year made history in the classroom, becoming the first Miner women’s basketball student-athlete to be recognized as a CoSIDA Academic All-American (second team). Turner was also voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District and C-USA Women’s Basketball All-Academic teams for the second straight year.

Turner, an All-Conference USA first team and All C-USA defensive team honoree, was a leader for the Miners during a banner senior season. She averaged 13.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists while pacing the team in field-goal percentage (49.5), free-throw percentage (77.3) and minutes per game (30.5) to help guide the Orange and Blue to some big accomplishments.

UTEP claimed the 2016 regular-season Conference USA championship, garnered a top-25 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 WNIT while also equaling the school’s single-season record for both overall (29) and conference (16) wins.

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UTEP Alum Turner As NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30 Honoree

Former Miner women’s basketball standout and May 2016 UTEP graduate Cameasha Turner has been named as a top-30 honoree to the NCAA 2016 Woman of the Year Award, it was revealed by the NCAA office Wednesday. The top 30 honorees have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.

The NCAA Women of the Year selection committee will name nine finalists – three women from each division – in late September. From the nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2016 Woman of the Year, who will be announced Oct. 16 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.

“This year’s top 30 honorees have achieved remarkable things during their time in college,” said Sarah Hebberd, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and director of compliance at the University of Georgia. “They are model student-athletes for generations of young women to come, and we are immeasurably proud of their accomplishments.”

Turner made the cut in spite of a record 517 school nominees submitted this year. The committee trimmed that number down to 142 conference nominees before choosing 30 women from that pool- 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions.

Turner, an All-Conference USA first team and All C-USA defensive team honoree, was a leader for the Miners during a banner senior season. She helped UTEP claim the 2016 C-USA regular-season title, match the program record for both league (16) and overall victories (29) and make a run to the quarterfinals of the WNIT. Turner averaged 13.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists while pacing the team in field-goal percentage (49.5), free-throw percentage (77.3) and minutes per game (30.5).

The 2016 UTEP Female Athlete of the Year, Turner thrived in the classroom as well. She became the first Miner women’s basketball player to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American (second team). Turner was also voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District and C-USA Women’s Basketball All-Academic teams for the second straight year.

A recipient of the Conference USA Spirit of Service Award, the Dallas native volunteered with the Special Olympics, Children’s Hospital, Let’s SAAC Hunger and the UTEP Mini Basketball Clinic during the academic year. A frequent visitor of Special Olympics, Turner helped set up activities and games for the children to engage in. She also met with kids with cancer to help raise their spirits in their time of need.

She graduated with a 4.0 GPA as a criminal justice major with a minor in psychology/legal reasoning. Turner then received the Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Award. She is now chasing her dream of becoming a lawyer and ultimately a judge as a first semester law student at the University of Notre Dame.

UTEP’s Cameasha Turner to Receive Postgraduate Scholarship

UTEP women’s basketball standout Cameasha Turner has been named one of 14 recipients of the Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Award, as announced by Conference USA officials on Monday.

This is the eighth year the award has been named for Dr. Castañeda, who served Rice University for 46 years as an educator, coach and Faculty Athletics Representative before he passed away in November 2008.

The conference annually awards the $4,000 Postgraduate Scholarships to graduates as selected by the C‐USA Faculty Athletics Representatives and approved by the Board of Directors.

Turner graduated in May with a perfect 4.0 GPA as a criminal justice major with a minor in psychology/legal reasoning. She became the first UTEP women’s basketball player to be named a CoSIDA Academic All‐American (second team), and was also chosen as an Academic All‐District honoree and member of the C‐USA Women’s Basketball All‐Academic Team for a second consecutive season.

On the court, Turner guided the women’s basketball team to one of the greatest campaigns in program history. She wrapped up her career with a C‐USA regular‐season crown and a deep WNIT run to go along with a school‐record 29 victories.

Turner finished her senior season as an All‐C‐USA first‐team and C‐USA All‐Defensive Team selection, averaging 13.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.  She was named UTEP’s 2016 Female Athlete of the Year.

The Dallas product also received the C‐USA Spirit of Service Award, volunteering with the Special Olympics, Children’s Hospital, Let’s SAAC Hunger and the UTEP Mini Basketball Clinic during the academic year. A first‐generation college graduate, Turner has aspirations of becoming a lawyer and has been accepted to Notre Dame Law School.

Story in Six Pics: The Game: Miners Claim CUSA Crown 94-91 in Double OT

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Utep #24 Jenzel Nash durning a fastbreak attempt vs Lady 49ers

It took two overtimes, but the Miners got it done at the Don, claiming the Conference USA Crown outright by taking out the Lady 49ers 94-91. Here’s the game courtesy of Andres Acosta, look for the celebration pics shortly!

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UTEP #32 Chrishauna Parker
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UTEP #32 Chrishauna Parker
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UTEP #1 Starr Breedlove with the shot vs Lady 49ers
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#24 Nash (Utep) with the shot vs Lady 49ers
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Utep #42 Tamara Seda trying to get position vs Charoltte’s #32 Alexis Alexander
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Utep’s #24 Jenzel Nash with the diving attempt at a loose ball during Saturdays game vs Charoltte
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UTEP #24 Jenzel Nash with the lay up vs Lady 49ers
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UTEP Head Coach Keitha Adams pumping up the crowd vs the Lady 49ers
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Utep # 12 Sparkle Taylor with the shot vs the lady 49ers
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UTEP #4 Lulu Mckinney with the 3- point shot in double overtime vs Charoltte

 

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UTEP #2 Cameasha Turner celebrates after her steal and fastbreak layup in doulbe overtime
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Charoltte #4 Laia Raventos driving towards the goal vs Utep #2 Cameasha Turner
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UTEP #4 Mckinney and #2 Turner celebrate after their victor over Charoltte in double overtime 94-91