Lehning Named Finalist for CLASS Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State senior guard Shalee Lehning has been named a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in an announcement by the organization on Wednesday. Lehning is now one of 10 national finalists for the honor.


This announcement launches a nationwide balloting process to determine the 2009 award winner. Lowe’s, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will present the winners with trophies during the weekends of the respective NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Four.


The 10 finalists will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning today and concluding March 22. Votes from coaches and media will be coupled with fan balloting to determine the recipient of the award. Fans can vote online during this time period at www.seniorclassaward.com.


For the first time in the basketball division, text voting will also be available during the voting period. To vote via text, fans can send the text code corresponding with Shalee Lehning (WB3) to 839863.


An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched during the 2001-02 season to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remain committed to their university and pursue the many rewards that a senior season and complete college education brings.


Lehning becomes the third finalist for this honor in school history, joining Nicole Ohlde (2004) and Kendra Wecker (2005). Wecker captured the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in her season of eligibility.


The 5-9 guard from Sublette, Kan., has led the Wildcats to the third 18-2 start in school history and current national rankings of 18 in the Associated Press poll and 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ poll. Lehning, a candidate for the Wade Trophy and Wooden Award, currently leads the nation in assists per game at 8.2, leads the Wildcats in rebounds per game at 7.5 and is the team’s third-leading scorer at 11.9 points per game. She is the first player in Big 12 history to register 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 700 assists for her career and holds the Big 12 record for triple-doubles in a career (4) and a season (2).


Kansas State returns to action on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats host Missouri at 7 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.


Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Finalists

Jada Frazier, New Orleans

Rachel Galligan, Eastern Illinois

Shalee Lehning, Kansas State

Renee Montgomery, Connecticut

Courtney Paris, Oklahoma

Koren Schram, Dartmouth

Takia Starks, Texas A&M

Kristi Toliver, Maryland

Abby Waner, Duke

Christina Wirth, Vanderbilt