Wildcats Head ESPN's List of Nation's Best

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State's Kendra Wecker and Laurie Koehn were recently named among the nation's top returning women's college basketball position players by ESPN.com.


Both Wildcats are preseason Naismith Trophy Award candidates and were All-Big 12 Conference selections a year ago. Wecker was selected to ESPN.com's top five power forwards list along with Texas' Tiffany Jackson, DePaul's Khara Smith, Connecticut's Barb Turner and Baylor's Sophia Young. Last season, the preseason Big 12 Conference Player of the Year averaged 16.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game. A preseason Associated Press All-America, Wecker currently ranks second all-time at K-State in career scoring (1,724), third all-time in career rebounding (795) and second all-time in double-doubles (35).

Koehn was named one of the nation's top five shooting guards by ESPN.com along with Ohio State's Caity Matter, Mississippi State's Tan White, Penn State's Tanisha Wright and Tennessee's Shanna Zolman. As K-State's and the Big 12's all-time leading three-point shooter (294), Koehn will be chasing the NCAA career record set by BYU's Erin Thorn (391) in 2004-05. Last year, she finished fifth nationally in three-point field goals per game (3.2 avg) and eighth nationally in three-point field goal percentage (43.5). She currently ranks ninth all-time at K-State in career scoring (1,336).

ESPN.COM'S TOP FIVE POWER FORWARDS

Tiffany Jackson, Texas, 6-3, Sophomore
Khara Smith, DePaul, 6-2, Junior
Barb Turner, Connecticut, 6-0, Junior
Kendra Wecker, Kansas State, 5-11, Senior
Sophia Young, Baylor, 6-1, Junior

ESPN.COM'S TOP FIVE SHOOTING GUARDS

Laurie Koehn, Kansas State, 5-8, Senior
Caity Matter, Ohio State, 5-9, Senior
Tan White, Mississippi State, 5-7, Senior
Tanisha Wright, Penn State, 5-11, Senior
Shanna Zolman, Tennessee, 5-10, Junior

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