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Three Softball Players Win State NCAA Woman of the Year Honors

Three softball players were among the 51 state winners of the 1999 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The award recognizes female senior student-athletes for accomplishments in academics, athletics and community involvement.

Emily Bonner of Centenary College was named Louisiana NCAA Woman of the Year. Bonner, a double major in business and communications, competed in softball and volleyball. Bonner posted a 3.62 cumulative grade point average and earned All-Academic honors in the Trans America Athletic Conference.

Tara Buzzell of University of Nebraska at Omaha earned NCAA Woman of the Year honors for the state of Nebraska. Buzzell earned a 3.965 GPA majoring in speech pathology. She is a three-time NFCA Division II All-American and was named to the 1999 GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American second team.

University of Texas softball player Nikki Cockrell was named Texas NCAA Woman of the Year. A double major in kinesiology and sport management, Cockrell recorded a 3.55 GPA. Cockrell is a two-time NFCA All-American and earned first team honors in 1998. She is also a two-time GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Ten finalists will be selected later this month. The national winner will be announced at the NCAA Woman of the Year Awards Dinner October 24 in Indianapolis.