ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Kansas State’s Kendra Wecker is among three top women’s college basketball finalists in contention for the 3rd Annual Creamland Dairies Basketball Award of Excellence as announced by The Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB).
This year's award will be presented on Tuesday, April 12 at an awards dinner at the Albuquerque Marriott emceed by Mike Powers, Channel 13 sports broadcaster. TCU’s Sandora Irvin and Arizona’s Dee-Dee Wheeler were the other two women’s finalists selected for the award.
Wecker is the Big 12 Conference and school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,333 career points and school’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,087 career rebounds. Her school-record 52 career double-doubles ranks second all-time in the league record books.
Following her stellar senior season, Wecker has garnered numerous awards from around the country. She was named to the prestigious 10-member Kodak/WBCA All-America Team, the John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and a first team All-American by The Associated Press. Wecker also received Big 12 Conference Player of the Year honors.
A three-time first team Academic All-Big 12 selection and five-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll student, Wecker is an electronic journalism major at K-State and is projected to be a top pick in the upcoming 2005 WNBA Draft on April 16.
Last season, Belmont’s Adam Mark and Kansas State’s Nicole Ohlde were the male and female recipients of the award, which honors college seniors for their athletic and academic achievement, as well as their community involvement. The award, in its third year, was first presented in Albuquerque after the 2002-03 basketball season. Every NCAA Division I school had the opportunity to nominate their male and female student-athletes who were competing in their senior year of eligibility.