March 1, 2002
MANHATTAN, Kan. -
Kansas State women's basketball coach Deb Patterson was honored today as the Big 12 Conference's Women's Basketball Coach of the Year as voted on by the league's head coaches and released Friday by the conference office.
Sophomore Nicole Ohlde picked up the second all-conference honor of her career when she was named first team All-Big 12. Freshmen Laurie Koehn and Kendra Wecker were both honored as third team All-Big 12 selections.
Patterson, K-State second women's basketball coach of the year (Matilda Mossman, 1987, Big Eight), was honored by her peers after leading the Wildcats to a tie for third in the Big 12 regular season race with an 11-5 mark and current overall record of 23-6 heading into the Big 12 Tournament. The Wildcats improved their conference win total by nine games this season after finishing tied for 11th last year at 2-14. Kansas State entered the national rankings on Jan. 7 and has been ranked eight consecutive weeks, including two weeks in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll. The Wildcats' AP poll debut at No. 14 was the highest debut during the season since the poll expanded from 20 to 25 teams in 1989.
Ohlde, the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and third team all-conference selection last year, is the second Wildcat in school history to be named to the Big 12 first team (Andria Jones, 1997). The Clay Center, Kan., native is the only underclassman on the first team. She is joined by Big 12 Player of the Year Stacey Dales of Oklahoma, Baylor's Sheila Lambert and Danielle Crockrom and Iowa State's Angie Welle.
The 6-foot-4 forward was named Big 12 Player of the Week once during the regular season as she averaged 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds against league opponents. Overall, Ohlde averaged 18.2 points and 8.0 rebounds, shot 57 percent from the field and 61.7 percent from the free-throw line. She also led the league and the Wildcats in blocks with 65.
Koehn and Wecker become just the second and third freshmen at Kansas State since the inception of the Big 12 Conference to be honored on an all-conference team and the only two rookies on any all-Big 12 team this season.
Koehn is the Wildcats' second-leading scorer, averaging 17.6 points per game. She leads the country and the Big 12 in three-point field goals made with 105.
Wecker was K-State's third-leading scorer and top rebounder, posting 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
Ohlde, Koehn and Wecker join previous Kansas State all-conference selections Nicky Ramage (3rd, 1999) and Andria Jones (1st, 1997).
Highlighting the All-Big 12 first team was Dales, who was named Big 12 Conference Player of the Year for a second straight season after guiding the Sooners to their third Big 12 Conference women's basketball championship.
Nebraska's Keasha Cannon was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after being named preseason newcomer of the year. She averaged 13.1 points and 8.4 rebounds.
Texas' Heather Schreiber was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year. The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 14.4 points and 6.0 rebounds an outing.
2002 All-Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Team
Stacey Dales, Oklahoma
Sheila Lambert, Baylor
Nicole Ohlde, Kansas State
Angie Welle, Iowa State
Danielle Crockrom, Baylor
LaNeishea Caufield, Oklahoma
Jia Perkins, Texas Tech
Stacy Stephens, Texas
Mandy Nightingale, Colorado
Lindsey Wilson, Iowa State
Caton Hill, Oklahoma
Jenny Roulier, Colorado
Laurie Koehn, Kansas State
Kendra Wecker, Kansas State
*Tracy Gahan, Iowa State
*Rosalind Ross, Oklahoma
*tied for position
Evan Unrau and Kerensa Barr, Missouri, Keasha Cannon, Nebraska, Trisha Skibbe, Oklahoma State, Heather Schreiber, Texas, Toccara Williams and Meg Banahan, Texas A&M, Amber Tarr, Texas Tech.
Player of the Year: Stacy Dales, Oklahoma
Newcomer of the Year: Keasha Cannon, Nebraska
Freshman of the Year: Heather Schreiber, Texas
Coach of the Year: Deb Patterson, Kansas State