Lehning a Wooden Award Finalist

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State senior guard and All-America candidate Shalee Lehning has been named to the National Ballot for the Wooden Award, which determines the 2009 Wooden Award All-American team and Player of the Year in an announcement by Wooden Award chairman and founder, Richard Llewellyn.


The National Ballot consists of student-athletes who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA, displaying. The Women's Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round during the NCAA Tournament.


Lehning is also a candidate for the Wade Trophy, Naismith Trophy, is a finalist for the Lieberman Award and a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. The product of Sublette, Kan., has already garnered All-Big 12 first team honors from the league’s coaches, the Dallas Morning News and the Waco Tribune. Lehning has also been successful in the classroom, earning CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American third team honors, CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VII first team honors and Academic All-Big 12 first team honors this season.


This season, Lehning ranks second in the nation and leads the Big 12 in assists per game at 7.5, is first in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio at 2.1, 10th in the league and first on the team in rebounds at 7.3 and 25th in the Big 12 and third on the team in scoring at 10.9. Her assist total of 212 this season set the school record for assists by a senior and are the most assists in a single-season, breaking her own record set last season of 203. She is just the third player in Big 12 history to register consecutive 200-assist seasons.


Lehning currently owns the school record and ranks second in Big 12 history for career assists with 783, ranks fourth in school history in career rebounds with 903, ranks fourth in career starts with 121, ranks 10th in career games played with 123, is fifth in career steals with 233 and ranks 19th in career points with 1,174. Lehning is the only player in Big 12 history to record 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 700 assists for her career.


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 Texas, will be hosted by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on Friday, April 10.

About The John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.  It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), and Tim Duncan (’97), Kevin Durant of Texas (’07) and Candace Parker of Tennessee (’07 and ’08).