Wesemann Named Big 12 WBB Scholar-Athlete of the Year
MANHATTAN, Kan. – In an announcement by the Big 12 Conference on Thursday, Kansas State junior guard Kindred Wesemann was named the 2016 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in voting by the league’s head coaches.
Wesemann is the second K-State women’s basketball player to earn this honor, joining Brittany Chambers who won the inaugural honor in 2012-13. Wesemann, a kinesiology major, is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member, garnered 2014 Big 12 Academic All-Rookie honors and is a five-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipient.
The Big 12 Conference established its Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in 2012-13. A recipient is named in each of the Conference’s sponsored sports. Each Big 12 institution nominates one individual per sport with the winners selected by a vote of the league’s head coaches for that sport, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.
Scholar-Athlete of the Year nomination criteria includes: must be a junior or senior (athletic and academic standing), cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher, participation in at least 60 percent of the team’s scheduled contests and minimum of one year in residence at the institution.
In the 2015-16 season, Wesemann achieved career season-highs in points (388; 12.1 ppg), field goals made (117), 3-point field goals made (85), free throws made and attempted (69-of-83; .831), assists (104; 3.3 apg) and steals (62; 1.9 spg). Her scoring average of 12.1 points per game was an increase of almost five points per game from her previous career-best of 8.0 points per game in the 2014-15 season.
The product of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, ranked as one of the Big 12 Conference’s top 3-point shooters in the 2015-16 season. Wesemann led the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made (85) and 3-point field goals made per game (2.7), while she ranked seventh in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (85-of-214; .397). Her 85 connections from beyond the arc ranked seventh in school history for a single season.
Under second year head coach Jeff Mittie, Kansas State tallied a 19-13 overall record in 2015-16 and the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first win in the tournament since 2012.
The Wildcats registered an 8-10 mark in the Big 12, which marked the most wins in league play since the 2011-12 season. After being slated for a seventh-place finish by the Big 12 Conference coaches in the preseason poll, K-State carded a sixth place finish in the conference standings. This was the second straight season under Mittie that K-State has improved its league win total from one season to the next.
For the 2016-17 season, K-State returns 10 letter winners from the 2015-16 squad, including All-Big 12 First Team selection and two-time Big 12 All-Defensive Team honoree Breanna Lewis (16.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2.6 bpg). Overall, K-State returns 75 percent of its scoring and assists and 87 percent of its rebounding.
K-State women’s basketball season tickets for the 2016-17 season will be available for purchase beginning on June 8. For more information, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office by calling 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.