Lehning a Midseason Wooden Candidate

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State senior guard Shalee Lehning was named to the Women’s John R. Wooden Award Midseason list on Friday evening by The Los Angeles Athletic Club’s Women’s Wooden Award Committee. Lehning is one of 20 candidates for the nation’s most coveted women’s college basketball award.


Lehning leads the nation in assists per game this season at 8.4 per contest. The product of Sublette, Kan., also paces the Wildcats in rebounds at 7.6 per contest and is the third-leading scorer with 11.7 per game. Lehning is also a candidate for the State Farm Wade Trophy and the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

The Big East Conference leads the midseason list with the most players (6) chosen to the Wooden Award Midseason List , followed by the ACC with four, the Big 12 with three, the Pac-10 with two and the Big Ten, SEC, Missouri Valley, Metro Atlantic and Sunbelt are represented with one candidate.

More than 300 voters, comprised of sports media members and women's college basketball experts from across the nation, will cast their votes for the five-member All-American team and Wooden Award honor as the most outstanding female collegiate basketball player in the nation. Players who do not make the Midseason list are still eligible for the national ballot released in March. The National Ballot consists of approximately 15 players who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

The 2009 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners and the Legends of Coaching Award to Rick Barnes of the University of Texas, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of April 12-13.

2009 Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 (listed alphabetically)
Jayne Appel, Stanford
Chante Black, Duke
DeWanna Bonner, Auburn
Jessica Breland, North Carolina
Tina Charles, Connecticut
Kristi Cirone, Illinois State
Alysha Clark, Middle Tennessee State
Rachele Fitz, Marist
Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
Shalee Lehning, Kansas State
Angel McCoughtry, Louisville
Renee Montgomery, Connecticut
Maya Moore, Connecticut
Courtney Paris, Oklahoma
Epiphany Prince, Rutgers
Andrea Riley, Oklahoma State
Kristi Toliver, Maryland
Ashley Walker, California
Monica Wright, Virginia
Shavonte Zellous, Pittsburgh