Lehning Makes First Appearance in WNBA Finals

Former K-State All-American Shalee Lehning is playing in her first career WNBA Finals.

Sept. 13, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. - For the second consecutive season a former Kansas State All-American is playing in the WNBA Finals, as current assistant coach Shalee Lehning made her 2010 WNBA Finals debut on Sunday afternoon with the Atlanta Dream. A season ago, Nicole Ohlde was a member of the 2009 WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury.

Lehning, a point guard for the Dream and in her second year with the organization, has played in all five of the squad's 2010 playoff games and has registered 4.0 points per game, 3.4 assists per game and 2.6 rebounds in 16.6 minutes.

During the 2010 regular season, Lehning registered a career-high and team-leading 154 assists (4.8 assists per game). She ranked 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 look to shake off the effects of a 79-77 game one defeat at the hands of the Western Conference champion, Seattle Storm. The remainder of the 2010 WNBA Finals can be seen on ESPN2 with game two on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (CT). Game three of the best-of-five series will be contested in Atlanta on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. (CT).

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.