Lehning Named Academic All-American

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State senior guard Shalee Lehning earned her first postseason honor on Monday evening, as she was selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America third team in an announcement by CoSIDA. Lehning is the fourth player in the program’s history to earn Academic All-America honors and the first since the 2005 season.


Lehning, a product of Sublette, Kan., is a candidate for national player of the year honors for the Wade Trophy, a Wooden Award finalist and is a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. She is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 first team selection and two-time CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VII selection.


This season, Lehning ranks second in the nation and leads the Big 12 in assists per game at 8.0, is first in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio at 2.1, ninth in the league and first on the team in rebounds at 7.5 and 22nd in the Big 12 and third on the team in scoring at 11.3. Her assist total of 176 this season set the school record for assists by a senior and ranks fourth in school history for a season behind her own previous three efforts.


The 2008 All-Big 12 first team selection currently owns the school record and ranks third in Big 12 history for career assists with 747, ranks fourth in school history in career rebounds with 869, ranks fifth in career starts with 116, ranks 10th in career games played with 122, is sixth in career steals with 224 and ranks 25th in career points with 1,117. Lehning is the only player in Big 12 history to record 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 700 assists for her career.


Lehning, an electronic journalism major, joins Laurie Koehn (2004 first team; 2005 second team), Nicole Ohlde (2004 second team) and Gayla Williams (1981 third team) as the program’s recipients of Academic All-America honors.


Kansas State returns to action on Wednesday, as the Wildcats travel to Lincoln to face Nebraska. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m., and can be heard on 1350 KMAN.