March 15, 2003
MANHATTAN, Kan. -
Kansas State's Nicole Ohlde and Kendra Wecker picked up their first All-American honors of the season when they were recently named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-American Team.
Ohlde and Wecker are the only two players from the same team on the 10-member team. They were joined on the team by Vanderbilt's Chantelle Anderson, Duke's Alana Beard, Tennessee's Kara Lawson, Penn State's Kelly Mazzante, South Carolina's Jocelyn Penn, Connecticut's Diana Taurasi, Mississippi State's LaToya Thomas, and Minnesota's Lindsay Whalen. UConn's Taurasi was named Player of the Year and Geno Auriemma Coach of the Year by the USBWA, while LSU's Seimone Augustus picked up the Freshman of the Year honor.
Ohlde, the Big 12 Player of the Year, is averaging 18.4 points, a team-leading 9.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and a team-best 1.9 blocks per game. The 6-foot-4 center is also shooting 56.5 percent from the field and 67.2 percent from the free-throw line. The Clay Center, Kan., native is a finalist for the Naismith and Wade Trophy awards.
Wecker, a first team All-Big 12 selection, is averaging a team-leading 19.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and a team-best 1.7 steals per game. The 5-foot-11 forward is shooting 47 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from three-point range and 86.9 percent from the charity stripe. The Marysville, Kan., native is a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year award.
The USBWA is the largest sportswriters organization in the country, comprised of nearly 1,000 members. Formed in 1956, it began honoring women players in 1988. Previous national player of the year winners include Dawn Staley of Virginia, Sheryl Swoopes of Texas Tech, Lisa Leslie of USC, Rebecca Lobo of Connecticut and Chamique Holdschaw of Tennessee.