Lehning named Big 12 Rookie of the Week

DALLAS – Kansas State's Shalee Lehning has been named Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week as announced by the league office Monday.

The freshman point guard from Sublette, Kan., tied a school single-game record with a career-high 20 rebounds in a 77-66 win over perennial NCAA power Louisiana Tech on Dec. 6. It marked the Wildcats' first-ever victory in the all-time series with the Lady Techsters. Lehning made her first career start against La. Tech and was one point (nine points) and two assists (eight assists) shy of recording a triple-double. She played all 40 minutes of the contest, the first and only Wildcat to do so this season.

In a 75-42 rout of regional rival UMKC on Dec. 11, Lehning registered yet another near triple-double performance with nine points, nine assists and six rebounds against the Kangaroos in only her second career start as a Wildcat. In all, she led K-State to a 2-0 week averaging 9.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 2.0 steals against La. Tech and UMKC combined. She shot 53.8 percent from the floor (7-13) and 80.0 percent from the charity stripe (4-5). Seven of her 26 rebounds were offensive boards.

Her 20-rebound outing tied single-game records also held by former Wildcats Kendra Wecker (2002-05) and Carlisa Thomas (1984-87), all of whom are under 6-foot in height. She currently is the team's leading rebounder averaging 6.6 rebounds per game. Her team-leading 45 assists ranks second-best among all Big 12 freshmen (5.63 avg.) this season.

She becomes the first Wildcat to earn Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors since Wecker (twice) and Laurie Koehn (three times) were both recognized for their on-court achievements during their rookie campaigns in 2001-02.


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