Update on Former Wildcats in the WNBA

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game this weekend, a pair of former Kansas State Wildcats will reach the halfway point of their seasons. The two Wildcats currently in the WNBA are Shalee Lehning with the Atlanta Dream and Nicole Ohlde with the Phoenix Mercury.


Lehning, in her rookie year with the Dream, has played in 17 of the team’s 18 contests this season and has started the last three. The product of Sublette, Kan., is averaging 17.6 minutes per game, 2.0 points, 2.7 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 0.3 steals. Lehning, a 5-9 guard, ranks 13th in the WNBA and leads the Dream in assists with 46 and is sixth in the league in assists per 40 minutes, 6.2.


Lehning has registered career-highs in points with nine against Indiana (July 5), in assists with seven against Connecticut (July 7) and rebounds with seven against New York (July 19). Lehning has helped Atlanta to a franchise record eight victories this season, which is double the win total from its inaugural season in 2008.


Ohlde is in her fifth season in the WNBA and her first with the Mercury. The native of Clay Center, Kan., has battled through injuries this season as she has played in just 10 games. Ohlde, a 6-5 center, is averaging 3.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 0.4 assists. Ohlde missed the Mercury’s last contest on July 22 after having surgery on her left wrist.


Following the All-Star break, the Dream and Mercury will face each other in the first game of the second half of the season in Atlanta on July 30. The two teams will meet again on Sept. 5 in Phoenix.


In the history of the WNBA, K-State has had a total of eight players make and play on a regular season roster.