It started with a list of 517 college student athletes nominated by their schools for the NCAA Woman of the Year. The list was then trimmed to 142 conference nominees and then to 30. Now only nine finalists remain for the honor, and one of them is former UTEP women's basketball star Cameasha Turner. She was named to the list of finalists from 30 Women of the Year honorees, and Turner will be honored at an awards dinner in Indianapolis on October 16th. The NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced that night.

In order to be considered, the athlete nominated must excel in academics, athletics, community service, and leadership. Turner graduated with a 4.0 GPA in criminal justice and a minor in psychology/legal reasoning. She also was named UTEP's 2016 Female Athlete of the Year and is currently enrolled at Notre Dame Law School.

Turner, an All-Conference USA first team and All C-USA defensive team honoree, was a team leader for the Miners during her career. She averaged 13.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists while leading the team in field-goal percentage (49.5), free-throw percentage (77.3) and minutes per game (30.5) as a senior.