Lehning Helps Atlanta to Playoffs

Former Wildcat All-American and current assistant coach Shalee Lehning helped Atlanta to a franchise record 19 wins in 2010.

Aug. 23, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Former Kansas State All-Americans, Shalee Lehning and Nicole Ohlde, concluded action in the 2010 WNBA regular season over the weekend. Lehning helped the Atlanta Dream to their second straight WNBA Playoff appearance, while Ohlde endured a mid-season trade to the Tulsa Shock.

Lehning, the starting point guard for the Dream and in her second year with the organization, registered a career-high and team-leading 154 assists (4.8 assists per game) during the 2010 regular season. She ranks seventh in the WNBA in assists per game, third in assist to turnover ratio (2.61) and second in assists per 40 minutes played (8.2). She has also tallied a career-high 3.7 points per game (120 points), and 2.7 rebounds per game (84 rebounds) in 23.5 minutes.

With Lehning’s help during the last two seasons, Atlanta has a 37-23 record including a franchise record 19 wins this season and a pair of playoff appearances. The Dream will enter the 2010 playoffs as the number four seed in the Eastern Conference and will begin action on Aug. 25 against number one seed, Washington. All three games of the semifinal series will be broadcast live on NBA TV. Wednesday’s game will be at 6 p.m. (CT), followed by a 6:30 p.m. (CT) start on Friday, Aug. 27 and, if necessary, a 3 p.m. (CT) start on Sunday, Aug. 29.

Following Atlanta’s run in the 2010 WNBA Playoffs, Lehning will return to Manhattan to begin her second season as an assistant coach for the Wildcats.

Ohlde, a seven-year WNBA veteran, played 20 games this season with the reigning WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury before being traded to the Tulsa Shock for the final 12 contests of the regular season. Before departing Phoenix, Ohlde and her Mercury teammates were invited to the White House to meet President Barack Obama and honored for winning the 2009 WNBA title.

The product of Clay Center, Kan., averaged 4.8 points per game, including 7.9 per contest with the Shock. She also recorded averages of 2.6 rebounds and 0.5 blocks for the season.