Mississippi State senior Savannah Carter has been tabbed a nominee for the 2015 Allstate Good Works Team, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced Wednesday.
Carter was one of 93 players nominated for the award, which recognizes student-athletes “who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.”
From the 93 nominees, two 10-member teams comprised of five NCAA Division I student-athletes and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and NAIA will be announced in February and recognized at the Women’s Final Four in Tampa Bay.
“I’m proud of Savannah for being nominated for this award,” MSU coach Vic Schaefer said. “It’s a great indicator of our entire team. They are givers, and it’s about being selfless and wanting to share with others. That is what are entire team is about.”
Carter made an instant impact in the community from the moment she arrived on campus prior to the 2013-14 season.
The senior guard by way of Tulsa, Okla., and Trinity Valley Community College regularly supports her fellow Bulldog student-athletes, and she is one of the women’s basketball representatives on MSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
Outside of campus, Carter regularly visits local schools throughout the year. She has been actively involved with Bully’s Book Blitz, an initiative in which MSU student-athletes go to local schools to encourage the importance of reading.
Carter has also volunteered to assist with Starkville schools’ field day events, and she has been a guest speaker for the Starkville Boys & Girls Club.
She joined her teammates the past two seasons and assisted at the City of Starkville’s Travis Outlaw Day.
In 2013 she joined teammate Candace Foster to help carry a cross through Oktibbeha County as part of an initiative by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Mission Mississippi.
This past August she and her teammates had the opportunity to visit Serra Pearson, a Hatley High School student who was battling a rare illness, and present her an autographed basketball and a personalized Mississippi State jersey.
Her fun-loving, giving spirit off the court is a contrast to her hard-nosed, relentless effort on the floor.
An injury has limited Carter to one game this season following a stellar junior campaign that saw her claim 78 steals, fourth most in the SEC and 10th-most in MSU history.
Carter also averaged 7.3 points and 4.9 rebounds as Mississippi State finished 22-14 and advanced to the WNIT quarterfinals in the team’s first postseason appearance since 2010.
(From MSU Media Relations)