Jan. 14, 2002
MANHATTAN, Kan. -
Kansas State freshman Laurie Koehn continues to make a statement for Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Year honors by being named the Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week today for the second time this season.
The 5-foot-8 guard from Hesston, Kan., averaged 24 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals in two Kansas State wins this past week. She also averaged four three-pointers made per game, shot 52.1 percent from the field, 61.5 percent from three-point range and 94.1 percent from the foul line.
In the Wildcats' win over then-No. 21/19 Colorado on Jan. 9, Koehn registered 22 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 38 minutes of work. She shot 50 percent from the field and three-point range, while shooting 90.9 percent from the foul line. Koehn sank four consecutive free throws with 15 seconds remaining to secure K-State's win over the Buffs.
Koehn scored a game-high 26 points in the Wildcats' win over Nebraska on Jan. 12. She also had six rebounds and three assists. Koehn shot 53.8 percent from the field, 66.7 percent from beyond the three-point arc and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line. Her six treys in the game moved her into a tie for the KSU freshman record for three-pointers in a season with 67 (Kim Woodlee, 1998).
Koehn, who has scored 20 or more points in six games this season, is Kansas State's leading scorer (19.0) and third in assists (47) and fourth in steals (23). She is the team's top three-point shooter (45.3 percent) and is shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 87.3 percent from the free-throw line, while averaging 3.9 three-pointers per game.
Kansas State has claimed four of the seven Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors this season with freshman Kendra Wecker earning the honor twice. K-State has had 11 Big 12 Rookies of the Week honors since the inception of the league. Sophomore Nicole Ohlde was honored three times last year en route to her Big 12 Freshman of the Year honor. Koehn, who sat out last year with an injury, was named preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2000-2001.
Kansas State, now 16-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12, looks to continue its winning ways when it starts a modest two-game road swing with the first stop being at Texas A&M on Jan. 16 for a 7 p.m. tipoff.