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.