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College Sports: Women's basketball: Kansas State to retire Wecker's jersey

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posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 01:41 PM
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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kendra Wecker's jersey will be retired following the Kansas State senior's final home game against in-state rival Kansas on Feb. 26, Director of Athletics Tim Weiser has announced.

Wecker, a national player of the year and All-American candidate, will join former teammate Nicole Ohlde (2000-04) as the only women's basketball players in school history to have their jerseys retired and displayed in Bramlage Coliseum.

"We are honored to acknowledge the achievements of Kendra Wecker and what she has meant to the Kansas State women's basketball program over the last four years," Weiser said. "It is only fitting to honor someone who truly epitomizes the term 'student-athlete' and has always displayed the heart of a champion on the court and in the classroom."

A 5-foot-11 senior forward from Marysville, Kan., Wecker has more than 2,100 career points and 976 rebounds. Both marks rank second all-time in the school record books behind the two-time All-American Ohlde. Wecker, who's on the verge of becoming the first Wildcat to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career, is just the fifth player in Big 12 Conference history to score more than 2,000 points in a career. She currently ranks seventh nationally averaging a conference-leading 20.6 points per game.

"Kendra Wecker has distinguished herself as one of the premier players in the women's game today," coach Deb Patterson said. "She has been the cornerstone of Kansas State women's basketball's rise to Big 12 and national prominence over the last four seasons. Her exceptional contributions to our program and university as a person and student-athlete have been immeasurable.

"Kendra is one of the finest players to have ever competed in the Big 12 and she will have rewritten the Kansas State record books by the time she graduates."

Wecker also holds the school record for most career double-doubles (45), most points scored in a game (41) and most consecutive free throws made (28). She is just more than 100 points away from breaking Ohlde's career scoring record (2,241), which is also the conference record.

Wecker ranks second all-time in field goals made (851), second in field goals attempted (1,741), fifth in 3-point field goals made (142), sixth in 3-point field goals attempted (353), seventh in free throws made (272), sixth in assists (356), sixth in blocks (63), sixth in steals (217), third in career games started (118) and third in career minutes played (3,791). She has scored in double-digits in 110 of her 118 career games started at K-State.

Throughout her four-year career, Wecker has been named twice as an Associated Press Third Team All-America (2003 and 2004) and State Farm Wade Trophy, Naismith and John R. Wooden Award Finalist (2004 and 2005). She was named a USBWA All-American in 2003 and is currently one of the top five players in the nation having been honored as a preseason All-America by the AP, ESPN.com, Lindy's and Athlon's.

Voted as this year's preseason Big 12 Player of the Year, Wecker is a two-time first team All-Big 12 selection (2003 and 2004), six-time Big 12 Player of the Week pick and two-time academic All-Big 12 first team honoree (2003 and 2004).

The former USA TODAY Kansas Player of the Year and Miss Kansas Basketball recently had her high school basketball jersey retired at Marysville High School on Jan. 14. She finished out her prep career with 2,305 career points, which ranks sixth all-time in Kansas Girls Basketball history behind K-State teammate Laurie Koehn and Jackie Stiles. She is the only player in Kansas history to finish in the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding (1,049), becoming the first player to score 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.

An all-around athlete, Wecker competed on the K-State track and field team as a freshman in 2001-02, winning the Big 12 javelin title with a winning mark of 173-7 to top the field by 19 feet, 11 inches. She holds the school record in the javelin with a personal best throw of 179-9. She earned All-America status with a sixth-place finish at the 2002 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships with a throw of 168-4.

In the summer of 2003, Wecker added a gold medal to her collection of hardware as a member of the USA Basketball World Championship For Young Women Team.

Ten years ago, she became the first girl to compete in the national finals of the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick program, finishing second on Jan. 8, 1995, in the 12-year-old class, throwing for 130-0, punting 76-6 and placekicking 94.7.

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