Born: March 13, 1982 - Clay Center, KS
Graduated: Clay Center Community High School, 2000; Kansas State University, 2004
If you list Nicole Ohlde's accomplishments through her career on the hardwood, it would take pages. It is no wonder that she is often referred to as the most decorated women's player in Kansas State University history.
A Legend in the Making
Ohlde was born and raised in Clay Center where the foundation of her legendary career began. Her athleticism had immediate impact once she entered high school as evidenced by her eleven varsity letters in volleyball, track, and basketball. She was named an All-State basketball player by at least one publication during her sophomore, junior, and senior years. She was also an honorable mention USA Today All-American as a senior. Ohlde captured the 4A state high jump title as a senior in 2000 with a leap of 5'-6".
Following her prep career, Ohlde decided to play at Kansas State University under head coach Deb Patterson. She started 24 games as a freshman and averaged 17.2 points per contest on the way to being named Big XII Freshman of the Year and an all-conference selection. As a sophomore, Ohlde averaged 17.9 points and over seven rebounds a game and was a first team All-Big XII Conference selection. During her junior year at K-State, Ohlde averaged over 18 points and nine rebounds and was named the Big XII Player of the Year and a first-team All-American. Her senior year in Manhattan, Ohlde was once again named the conference player of year, a first-team All-American, was a finalist for the Wade Trophy and the Naismith Player of the Year, and was named the 2004 Big XII Female Athlete of the Year.
When her career at K-State ended, Ohlde held school records for career scoring, rebounds, blocks, double-doubles, free throws made, and minutes played. The Wildcats made three NCAA Tournament appearances during her four years in Manhattan.
Ohlde was just as productive in the classroom as she was on the court. She was a three-time Academic All-Big XII first-team member, was a Senior CLASS Award finalist in 2004, and was a recipient of the Collegiate Basketball Award of Excellence.
Ohlde was selected as the sixth overall pick of the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx. She played seven WNBA seasons with the Lynx, the Tulsa Shock, and the Phoenix Mercury, where she won a WNBA championship in 2009. For her professional career, Ohlde averaged nearly nine points and seven rebounds per game.
Ohlde's number three uniform was retired by Kansas State University following her last game at the school in 2004. In 2016, Ohlde was inducted to the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame.