Lehning a Candidate for Senior Class Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State senior guard Shalee Lehning garnered another national honor on Friday night, as she was named as a candidate for the 2008-09 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Lehning is one of 30 NCAA Division I women’s basketball players selected to the candidates list, including a high of five players from the Big 12 Conference. For a complete list of candidates, please visit www.seniorclassaward.com.


“Shalee Lehning has distinguished herself as one of the nation’s elite talents,” said K-State head coach Deb Patterson. “She exemplifies passion, intensity and an excellence of character that sets her apart as a person, leader, competitor and student-athlete. Shalee epitomizes all that is great in collegiate athletics.”


Lehning, a 2008-09 preseason Wooden Award candidate, currently leads the nation in assists per game at 9.4 and is the school career record holder and ranks fifth all-time in Big 12 history for assists with 656. She is also averaging 11.1 points and leads the Wildcats in rebounding at 7.6 per contest.


The Sublette, Kan., product and 2008 Preseason All-Big 12 first team selection is on pace to become the 35th player in school history to score 1,000 points as she has 968 and ranks seventh in career rebounds with 771. Earlier this season, Lehning became the first player in the nation to record a triple-double in NCAA Division I women’s basketball and set the Big 12 record for career triple-doubles with her third at Arkansas State on Nov. 25.


Lehning has also been accomplished in the classroom, earning CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VII third team honors in 2007-08 and is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 first team selection.


Lowe’s, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will present the winners with trophies during the weekends of the respective NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Four.


An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched during the 2001-02 season to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remain committed to their university and pursue the many rewards that a senior season and complete college education brings.


From each of the two lists of 30 nominees, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in February 2009. Those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. In addition to voting by Division I head basketball coaches and national media, college basketball fans will also be able to submit ballots by text voting or on-line at www.seniorclassaward.com.


The Wildcats have had two finalists in the history of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, as Nicole Ohlde (2004) and Kendra Wecker (2005) were recognized by the organization with Wecker earning the national award.


K-State will play its final game before the holiday break on Saturday evening at Indiana State at 4:35 p.m. (CT). The contest can been seen live at kstatesports.com and can be heard on the K-State Sports Network.