2008-09 Season in Review

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State (25-8, 10-6 Big 12) concluded its 41st season of women’s basketball with the 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and the 8th straight postseason appearance, which is the longest current streak of postseason visits for any athletic program at Kansas State. K-State ended the season ranked in both polls for the second straight season, finishing at No.21 in the Associated Press poll and No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ poll.

The Wildcats’ 25 wins were the third-highest total since the 1999-00 season. The Wildcats earned the No. 5 seed in the Raleigh region of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

Included in the third-highest win total since 1999-00, was a school record for road wins in a season with 10. The Wildcats also finished with a school record 14-1 mark against non-conference opponents.

K-State saw three players named to the All-Big 12 team, as senior guard Shalee Lehning and junior forward Ashley Sweat earned first team citations while senior forward Marlies Gipson was named to the second team.

In addition to the All-Big 12 first team honor, Lehning received recognition for a number of national honors that included: an AP All-America honorable mention citation, Lowe’s All-Senior All-America first team selection, a Wade Trophy candidate, a Naismith Trophy candidate, a Wooden Award finalist, a Lieberman Award finalist, a WBCA Region V finalist, a State Farm/WBCA All-America finalist and a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award finalist.

K-State set a school record and tied a Big 12 record with eight student-athletes earning Academic All-Big 12 first team honors. Lehning captured CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America third team honors and was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine All-Region VII first team. Also on the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine All-Region VII second team were Sweat and Gipson. K-State also garnered a Rookie of the Week honor for the week of Feb. 16, 2009 , as Jalana Childs earned the distinction.

The above link provides additional notes, statistics and records that were broken during the 2008-09 season.