Lehning paces Kansas State

ALBUQUERQUE— If Vanderbilt is to advance to the Raleigh Regional Finals they must contain Kansas State All-American candidate Shalee Lehning. The senior point guard has an impressive list of accomplishments and does not want her collegiate career to end tonight against the Commodores.

Lehning, the Wildcat team leader, is known for her offense. Lehning has shot over 51 percent from the field over her career, not bad for a 5-foot-9 player. Lehning gets it done of boards as well, averaging seven rebounds a game along with seven assists a game. This young lady simply does it all.

Last year Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said of Lehning after facing her and Kansas State that, "She's the best point guard we've played against the entire year." Walz went on to say that, "She drives their entire team."

Vanderbilt head coach Melanie Balcomb knows her team is in for a challenge in containing Lehning, however, Balcomb also has tremendous respect for the Sublette, Kan. native as a defender. "She will take advantage of you defensively; she will leave somebody and go get a steal." Indeed Lehning leads the Wildcats in steals with 47 on the season.

Saturday night in the first round against Drexel Lehning didn't light up the scoreboard; however, she still dominated the game statistically. Lehning finished the game with 9 rebounds and a lofty 13 assists.

Lehning knows Vanderbilt will present a bigger challenge for K-State, "It will be a different match up and who knows what they'll throw at us tomorrow night. It's going to be about adapting and adjusting, and being able to change whatever we need to do offensively to adjust to their defenses."

Lehning is already piling up the honors for this season. She's a Wooden Award Finalist, a Senior CLASS Award Finalist, and was selected to the All-Big 12 First Team.

The Vanderbilt-Kansas State game tips off tonight at 8:30 p.m. CST and can be seen on ESPN2.

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