CSU's Candace Turner is Georgia's NCAA Woman of the Year

Indianapolis, IN...Columbus State University's Candace Turner received an unexpected, yet deserved honor on Friday as the NCAA announced its annual State Winners for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Turner was selected from a pool of nominees as the Georgia state winner for 2003. She will be honored, along with the other winners from all the states plus the District of Columbia at the Woman of the Year dinner in Indianapolis on November 1.

Over 340 student-athletes who completed their eligibility in 2003 were nominated by their institutions. From those nominees, a committee comprised of representatives from member schools selected the state winners. The award honors not only athletic performance, but also academic achievement and community involvement.

Turner, the team captain for the Lady Cougar basketball squad for the past two seasons, graduated in June with a 3.5 GPA in Early Childhood Education. She received the 2003 Charles Eason Leadership Award at CSU and, as a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha sorority, had the highest GPA of any member. In addition to those achievements, she was the team's leading scorer for the last two seasons and was an All-Peach Belt Conference selection for both of those years. CSU won an amazing 108 games in her four-year career, including two trips to the Division II Elite Eight, two South Atlantic Regional Championships, two PBC regular season titles, two PBC Tournament titles, and earned the school's first-ever number one ranking during the remarkable 31-1 season of 2000-01. With Turner as a member of the team, CSU never posted less than 21 wins in a season.

'We are so proud for Candace,' said CSU head coach Jay Sparks. 'I can't think of anyone who deserves an award like this more than her. She has truly been a wonderful ambassador for our program and continues to do so.'

See the full story at CSU's Cougar Sports Net Web site at http://athletics.colstate.edu/newsitem.asp?pk=1010

See the NCAA's story: http://www.ncaa.org/releases/awards/2003091201aw.htm