OSR's Top Female Wildcats of the Decade
OSR's Top Female Wildcats of the Decade
Editor's Note: During the holiday break, the Official Sports Report examined the best-of-the-best in Kansas State athletics over the last decade. With permission from OSR, K-State will be running a series of stories by OSR writer Mark Janssen ranking the top male and female athletes and teams at K-State the last 10 years. Below is OSR's report on the Top 10 Female K-State Athletes of the Decade.
By Mark Janssen
Official Sports Report
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Official Sports Report has profiled what we believe to be the Top 10 Kansas State teams of the first decade of the 2000s.
Now, we move to the leading Wildcat athletes of the last 10 years. The task is difficult as one is comparing athletes in individual sports with those involved in more of a team personality. And, we're comparing two-year performers with athletes who started their K-State careers as freshmen leaving the selections up for great debate.
Here are OSR's Top 10 Wildcat female athletes of the past decade.
10) LAURIE KOEHN (2001-05): Left K-State as the most prolific 3-point shooter in NCAA history with 392 makes, which set the Wildcat record by 107 ... school marks with 10 treys in a single game and in a Big 12 game with seven ... netted a 3-pointer in 26 straight games ... holds the record for the top three single-seasons for 3-pointers ... ranks No. 3 in all-time K-State scoring with 1,733 points ... holds record for scoring as a freshman with 600 points for a 17.6 average ... seventh in field goals made (574) ... a part of 104 Wildcat victories.
9) ALENA JECMINKOVA (2000-03): Only Wildcat tennis player to play in three NCAA Championships advancing in 2001, '02 and '03 ... 2002 Player of the Year in the Big 12 Conference ... recognized on All-Big 12 team in 2000, '01 and '02 ... fourth in all-time single wins (67) ... a part of K-State's NCAA "Sweet 16" team in 2003.
8) VALI HEJJAS (2003-04): 2004 honorable mention All-American and first team All-Big 12 volleyball performer ... 2003 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and first team All-Big 12 performer ... third in all-time career kills per game (3.72) ... only the fourth player to ever notch 30 kills in a single match ... led 'Cats in kills and attacks in both seasons ... a part of the 2003 Big 12 championship team that won a school record 30 matches ... currently playing professionally in France.
7) SHALEE LEHNING (2005-09): Holds the K-State record in career assists, which also ranks second in Big 12 basketball history ... first player in K-State history to register at least 1,000 points, 900 rebounds and 800 assists ... second in the nation in assists in senior season ... honorable mention All-American ... two-time first team All-Big 12 selection and twice honorable mention ... holds K-State/Big 12 record for triple-doubles with five, which is also tied for third in the nation ... fifth in K-State history in career steals ... 25th selection by Atlanta in WNBA Draft ... a part of 90 victories during four seasons.
6) LOREN GROVES (2005-09): Indoor record-holder in weight throw, three-time Big 12 champion and three-time All-American ... K-State record-holder in outdoor hammer throw and ranks second in discus ... two-time Big 12 champion ... two-time All-American in the hammer ... second-team national Academic All-American ... 2009 NCAA Woman of the Year Finalist.
5) NICOLE OHLDE (2000-04): 2003 and 2004 All-American ... 2004 Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year ... three-time first team All-Big 12 performer ... No. 2 in all-time scoring (2,241) and rebounding (995), field goals made, blocked shots, double-doubles (39) and minutes played ... drafted No. 6 in WNBA Draft by Minnesota ... 2009 WNBA champion with the Phoenix Mercury ... two-time National Player of the Year finalist ... three-time Academic All-District honoree ... two gold medals with USA Basketball World Championship for Young Women Teams ... a part of 92 victories during four-year career.
4) LAUREN GOEHRING (2000-03): 2003 Big 12 Player of the Year ... first Wildcat volleyball player to be decorated with first team All-American honors ... led Big 12 in hitting percentage in 2003 (.405) ... K-State career hitting percentage record holder and all-time kills leader by a middle blocker ... seventh overall in all-time kills, fourth in block assists and ninth in attacks ... six-time Big 12 honoree for academics ... a part of 93 match victories, which includes 30 in K-State's greatest year ever in 2003 when the 'Cats won a first-ever Big 12 title.
3) AMY MORTIMER (2000-03): Competed in three straight NCAA cross country championships at the beginning of the decade placing sixth, 19th and 43rd in the country ... her sixth-place showing in 2000 helped K-State to a 10th place team finish ... including 1999, Mortimer was a four-time cross country All-American ... in Big 12 meets, she had three wins and one second-place finish... a second-team Academic All-American ... school-record holder in indoor 3,000M ... Big 12 champion in 2003 mile ... three-time indoor All-American in 3,000M ... outdoors K-State mile and 5,000M record holder ... three-time Big 12 outdoor champion in 2000, '02 and '03 ... three-time outdoor All-American in 1,500M and 5,000M ... overall, a 10-time All-American and seven-time Big 12 individual xc/indoor/outdoor champion.
2) AUSTRA SKUJYTE (2001-02): 2001 and 2002 NCAA champion in the heptathlon ... first-team Academic All-American ... competed in World Championships in 2001, '03, '05 and '07 ... won Under-23 European Championship in decathlon ... K-State record holder in the indoor pentathlon (4,439) set in 2002 and two-time Big 12 indoor title holder ... Wildcat record holder in outdoor heptathlon (6,275) and two-time Big 12 champion ... member of 2004 and 2008 Olympic team for Lithuania ... silver medalist in 2004 ... most would say the greatest all-around female athlete in Wildcat history.
1) KENDRA WECKER (2001-05): 2005 All-American ... 2005 Big 12 Player of the Year ... K-State's all-time leading scorer (2,333) and rebounder (1,087), plus career record holder for double-doubles (52), field goals made, minutes played and most consecutive free throws (28) ... the first player in K-State history and second in Big 12 history to score at least 2,000 points and control over 1,000 rebounds ... three-time Naismith Player of the Year finalist ... three-time first team All-Big 12 honoree ... drafted No. 4 in the WNBA Draft by San Antonio ... one gold medal with USA Basketball World Championship for Young Women Teams ... a part of 104 wins during four-year career ... won a total of five games in four NCAA Tournaments ... also holds the K-State school record in the javelin (179-9).
DECADE ATHLETES BY SPORT
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE DECADE: Kendra Wecker (2002-05)
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE DECADE: Amy Mortimer (2000-02)
WOMEN'S EQUESTRIAN PERFORMER OF THE DECADE: Sara Weller (2005-07)
WOMEN'S GOLFER OF THE DECADE: Christine Boucher (2001-04)
WOMEN'S ROWER OF THE DECADE: Jennifer Flannigan (2006-09)
WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE DECADE: Alena Jecminkova (2000-03)
WOMEN'S TRACKSTER OF THE DECADE: Austra Skujyte (2001-02)
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE DECADE: Lauren Goehring (2000-03)