Koehn Wins WNBA Three-Point Contest

MANHATTAN, Kan. As the WNBA played its mid-season All-Star Game in Washington D.C. over the weekend, former Wildcat Laurie Koehn successfully defended her home court in the three-point shooting contest at the Verizon Center on Sunday afternoon.

Koehn, a member of the Washington Mystics, set a WNBA contest record with 25 points in the final round to defeat the Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor. Koehn was the final shooter of the afternoon and needed just 20 points to capture the title over Taylor. During her incredible final round, Koehn connected on 14 straight shots and 18 of her final 19 attempts.

Through the first 19 games this season, Koehn is averaging 1.5 points per game and 0.4 rebounds per game in just over 5 minutes per contest. She has connected on 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and is shooting 47.1 percent for her career. The native of Hesston, Kan., is the NCAA and Big 12 career leader in three-point field goals made with 392.

Other former Wildcats looking towards the second half of the WNBA season are Nicole Ohlde, Claire Coggins, Megan Mahoney and Kendra Wecker.

Ohlde, a fourth year veteran for the Minnesota Lynx, is second on the team in scoring and ranks 23rd in league in the category with 12.0 points per game. She also ranks 20th in the league in rebounds with 5.80 per game and is 28th in the league in blocks with 0.62 per game. The product of Clay Center, Kan., has played in a franchise record 123 consecutive games and is averaging 28.3 minutes a game.

Coggins is in her first season with the Chicago Sky. She has seen time in 14 games, registering 2.8 points per game, 0.70 rebounds per game and 0.60 assists per contest in 11.2 minutes per game.

Mahoney is in her third year with the Connecticut Sun. The product of Sturgis, S.D., has tallied 1.6 points per game, 0.9 rebounds per game and 0.5 assists per game in 13 games.

Wecker is in her third year as a member of the San Antonio Silver Stars. The native of Marysville, Kan., has seen limited action for the Western Conference leaders. She is averaging 0.5 points per game and 0.3 assists per game in eight games.