Lehning, Ohlde to Play in WNBA Playoffs

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Former Kansas State All-Americans, Shalee Lehning and Nicole Ohlde, will play in the 2009 WNBA playoffs beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Lehning, the starting point guard for the Atlanta Dream, registered a career-high 15 points to go with three assists and three rebounds in the Dream's playoff-clinching 88-64 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Friday night in Atlanta. Since joining the starting lineup on July 15 at Minnesota, Lehning has helped the Dream to a 12-7 record in her 19 starts. Prior to that contest, Atlanta was just 6-8.

With Lehning's help, Atlanta secured a franchise record 18 wins this season after recording just four in their debut season in 2008. The 14-win improvement is the second-biggest turnaround in WNBA history. The Dream will enter the 2009 playoffs as the number two seed in the Eastern Conference and will begin action on Sept. 16 in Atlanta against number three seed, Detroit.

The Sublette, Kan., native leads the Dream in assists per game at 3.8 (125 total assists) and ranks 10th in the league in the category and is the league leader among rookies. Her assists/40 minutes played average of 7.2 ranks second in the WNBA and first among rookies. Her assists/turnover ratio ranks eighth in the WNBA at 2.31.

Lehning is also averaging 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game while playing in all 33 games this season.

Ohlde, a six-year veteran center, helped the Phoenix Mercury to the league's best record this season (23-10) and the top seed in the Western Conference. Phoenix will conclude its regular season on Sunday afternoon against Los Angeles at 2 p.m., on ESPN2. The Mercury will begin playoff action on Thursday, Sept. 17 against San Antonio in Phoenix.

The product of Clay Center, Kan., will make her first career playoff appearance after fighting through a wrist injury this season. Ohlde is averaging 4.9 points per game on a .563 field goal percentage in her 20 games played this season. She has also recorded averages of 2.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks.