K-State Announces Team Awards at Annual Banquet
MANHATTAN, Kan. – With its postseason opportunity yet to be decided on Monday, March 14, K-State women’s basketball took a moment during the open week to celebrate the 48th season during the annual banquet on Tuesday night at the West Stadium Center.
Awards that were dispersed on Tuesday night were: the Kendra Wecker Offensive MVP, the Nicole Ohlde Defensive MVP, the Priscilla Gary Hustle Award, the First Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade Tammie Romstad Durable Award and the Dr. Pat Bosco Academic Award.
The Kendra Wecker Offensive MVP is named after the three-time All-American and the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Wecker was recently inducted into the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame. Junior center Breanna Lewis garnered this honor for the first time in her career. Last season, Lewis was named the Nicole Ohlde Defensive MVP.
During her career year, Lewis was selected by the league’s coaches as an All-Big 12 First Team member and a Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection for the second straight season. Lewis became the first player in program history to register the combination of 500 or more points, 200 or more rebounds, 70 or more blocks and 45 or more steals in a season. She is the ninth player in program history with 500 or more points and 200 or more rebounds in a season. Nationally, Lewis is one of just two players in NCAA Division I (Breanna Stewart, Connecticut) this season to record these benchmarks.
The center from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been one of the most dominant centers in the Big 12 this season. She leads the Wildcats in a number of statistical categories, including: points (501; 16.7 ppg), field goals made and attempted (216-of-390; .554), rebounds (224; 7.5 rpg) and double-doubles (7). Lewis ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring, fourth in field goal percentage, seventh in rebounding, third in blocked shots (74; 2.5 bpg) and fifth in double-doubles (7). Earlier this season, Lewis became the 39th player in program history to join the 1,000 career point club and is the 24th player to register 1,000 or more career points and 500 or more career rebounds.
Lewis helped anchor one of the Big 12’s top defenses this season. She has been responsible for 51.0 percent of K-State’s blocked shots and set the school record for blocked shots in a two-year span with 171. Lewis has registered a combined 120 blocks and steals. She is one of two players in the Big 12 among the top-10 in both blocks and steals.
The Nicole Ohlde Defensive MVP is named for the former two-time consensus All-American. Ohlde joined Wecker in the 2016 K-State Athletics Hall of Fame induction class. Junior guard Kindred Wesemann and senior guard Megan Deines were named co-recipients of this honor.
Wesemann garnered her first career league honor as she was selected by the league’s coaches as an All-Big 12 Second Team honoree while achieving career season-highs in points (375; 12.5 ppg), field goals made (113), 3-point field goals made (82), free throws made and attempted (67-of-79; .848), assists (94; 3.q apg) and steals (57; 1.9 spg). Her scoring average this season of 12.5 points per game is an increase of almost five points per game from her previous career-best of 8.0 points per game in the 2014-15 season.
The guard from Pleasant Hill, Missouri, has ranked as one of the Big 12 Conference’s top 3-point shooters this season. Wesemann leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made (82) and 3-point field goals made per game (2.7), while ranks sixth in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (82-of-1203; .404).
Deines, playing in her only season at Kansas State in 2015-16, registered career-highs in nearly every statistical category. One of K-State’s top perimeter defensive players, Deines recorded 35 steals for the season including six games with two or more thefts. She also recorded seven blocked shots on the year including three against Oklahoma State in the Wildcats’ 47-44 win on Jan. 13.
The Priscilla Gary Hustle Award is named after K-State’s first Kodak All-American, while the Dr. Pat Bosco Academic Award after Dr. Pat Bosco, K-State Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students. This season’s Priscilla Gary Hustle Award recipient was sophomore guard/forward Shaelyn Martin. Martin and redshirt junior guard Kelly Thomson were named the co-recipients of the Dr. Pat Bosco Academic Award.
Martin registered career-highs in rebounds (203; 6.8 rpg) and assists (104; 3.5 apg). She leads the team in assists and defensive rebounds (153) and is second in rebounding and third in steals. The native of Salina, Kansas, Martin has six games with 10 or more rebounds.
In the classroom, Martin, a kinesiology major, was named an Academic All-Big 12 First Team recipient with a 4.0 GPA and named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the third time in her career.
Thomson earned her second straight Dr. Pat Bosco Academic Award. A native of Riley, Kansas, Thomson was also selected to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team with a 4.0 GPA and was named as a recipient of the Big 12 Conference/Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, an Allstate Good Works Team nominee and named the Haier Achievement Award winner for the month of November. Fans can vote for Thomson every day from now until March 31 at www.HaierAchievement.com for the Haier Ultimate Achievement Award.
Sophomore forward Kaylee Page was named the team’s most improved player this season. After joining K-State following five games at Nebraska and sitting out in the second semester of the 2014-15 season, Page found her spot in the Wildcat lineup. The product of Wamego, Kansas, has started all 30 games this season and carded averages of 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Page is K-State’s second-leading 3-point shooter (42-of-138; .304).
The First Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade Tammie Romstad Durable Award is named after the two-time Wade Trophy finalist and the Wildcats’ partner unit from Fort Riley. This year’s honoree was freshman guard Kayla Goth.
The product of DeForest, Wisconsin, recovered from a torn ACL in February of 2015 and was able to receive full medical clearance by October. Goth played in 28 games in her freshman season and contributed 1.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists. In league action, Goth registered 2.1 points and 2.3 rebounds.
Under second year head coach Jeff Mittie, Kansas State has tallied an 18-12 overall record, which surpassed last season’s regular season win total of 17, and an 8-10 mark in the Big 12, which marked the most wins in league play since the 2011-12 season.
K-State will now await its postseason destination which will be determined on Monday, March 14, during the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament Selection Show on ESPN at 6 p.m.
2015-16 Kansas State Women’s Basketball Team Awards
First Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade Tammie Romstad Durable Award: Kayla Goth
Pat Bosco Academic Award: Kelly Thomson and Shaelyn Martin
Priscilla Gary Hustle Award: Shaelyn Martin
Most Improved Player Award: Kaylee Page
Nicole Ohlde Defensive MVP: Kindred Wesemann and Megan Deines
Kendra Wecker Offensive MVP: Breanna Lewis