K-State sports news


K-State unveils “The Shalee Element”
The K-State women’s basketball program has unveiled a Web site called “The Shalee Element” to aid in the campaign for senior guard and Wooden Award candidate Shalee Lehning. The website can be accessed by visiting www.shaleeelement.com or by clicking on the banner ad at www.kstatesports.com.
The Web site, designed by Dave Smoller, Kansas State’s creative director for internet services, is based on the number of elements Lehning affects in a game. The layout is based on the periodic table of elements and includes video highlights, quotes from women’s basketball writers, broadcasters and opposing coaches, facts and figures about Lehning’s career and the latest news on Lehning’s performances.
Lehning opened her final season at Kansas State with her 14th career double-double at UTEP with 11 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and four steals as the Wildcats defeated the Miners, 65-44.
Lehning, a 2008-09 Wooden Award preseason candidate and a 2008-09 All-Big 12 preseason first team selection, tied Megan Mahoney (2001-05; 589) for the school record for career assists during the game against Northwestern.
Following a 2008 season which saw Lehning average 11.3 points per game, 7.6 rebounds and 6.3 assists, she was recognized by a number of media outlets for her efforts. Awards won by Lehning included: WBCA Region V All-America finalist, Kansas City Star co-Player of the Year and All-Big 12 first team and the Waco Tribune All-Big 12 second team.

Banks named Big 12 player of the week
Kansas State wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Banks has been named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week after his performance against Nebraska, the league office has announced.
The honor marked the fourth time this season that a Wildcat has earned weekly honors from the Big 12 as Josh Freeman (offense), Courtney Herndon (defense) and Brooks Rossman (special teams) each garnered the award earlier this season.
Banks, a Big 12 Newcomer of the Year candidate, returned four kickoffs for 167 yards against Nebraska, including a 98-yarder for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The return tied for the second-longest in the Big 12 this season and tied for the longest in league games.
The junior leads the Wildcats in receiving with 60 catches for 933 yards and eight touchdowns. Banks needs 67 more receiving yards to become the sixth receiver in school history to reach 1,000 yards in a season.

—K-State Sports Information