Lindsay Whalen

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Lindsay Whalen
Lindsay Whalen.jpg
No. 13 / 7 – Minnesota Lynx / AGÜ Spor
Position Guard
League WNBA/EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1982-05-09) May 9, 1982 (age 33)
Hutchinson, Minnesota
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Career information
High school Hutchinson (Hutchinson, Minnesota)
College Minnesota (2000–2004)
WNBA draft 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Connecticut Sun
Playing career 2004–present
Career history
20042009 Connecticut Sun
2006–2007 UMMC Ekaterinburg
2007–2012 ZVVZ USK Prague
2010–present Minnesota Lynx
2012–2013 Galatasaray
2013–2014 Dynamo Moscow
2014–present AGÜ Spor
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Lindsay Marie Whalen (born May 9, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA, and for AGÜ Spor of Eurobasket. She began her pro career as a point guard for the Connecticut Sun.[1] Whalen has won World and Olympic titles with the United States women's national basketball team, as well as three WNBA titles with the Lynx.

High school career[edit]

At Hutchinson High School in Hutchinson, Minnesota, Whalen was a four-time All-Missota Conference pick, and led her team to three consecutive conference basketball championships. She was also a four-time honorable mention All-State selection. She averaged 22.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists as a junior.

Whalen won a state title and placed 13th nationally with her club team, the Minnesota Jaguars. She was also an All-Conference selection in tennis and track.

College career[edit]

The University of Minnesota women's basketball program rose to national prominence during Whalen's college career. The average attendance at women’s basketball games grew from 1,087 during her freshman season to 9,866 her senior year. She became Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer on January 25, 2004 against Michigan State, surpassing 1994 Wade Trophy Winner Carol Ann Shudlick. Whalen finished her career with 2,285 points, fifth best in Big Ten Conference history.

Whalen holds Minnesota career records in points, scoring average, games in double figures, free throws made and free throw percentage. Whalen is also among the top ten in field goals made, field goal attempts, field goal percentage, three-pointers made, three-pointers attempted, three-point field goal percentage, free throws attempted, assists and steals. Whalen shares Minnesota’s single-game record for free throw percentage (14–14 vs. Creighton on 12/4/03) and is the only four-time team MVP in school history.

She was a two-time Wade Trophy Finalist (2003, 2004) and a two-time Naismith Award Finalist (2003, 2004). As a senior, Whalen was a Kodak All-American First Team, made the USBWA All-American Second Team, USBWA All-American Second Team and AP All-American Second Team. She was the first Golden Gopher to earn All-American honors in three different seasons and led Minnesota to its first-ever Final Four appearance in 2004, one of three straight NCAA Tournament appearances for Minnesota. The program had been to the tournament just once before her arrival.

In the postseason, Whalen was named NCAA Mideast Region MVP for the 2004 NCAA tournament and was a unanimous selection for All-Big Ten First Team in 2004, 2003 and 2002. She was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten (2004, 2003, 2002), won the 2004 and 2002 Fast Break Club Award. As a junior, she was a Kodak All-American First Team, USBWA All-American First Team and an AP All-American Second Team.

Whalen's jersey number 13 was retired by the University of Minnesota during a ceremony in January 2005 at Williams Arena.

Minnesota statistics[edit]


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000-01 Minnesota 25 425 47.6 30.2 73.5 4.0 3.3 1.7 0.1 17.0
2001-02 Minnesota 30 667 56.1 34.9 77.0 5.5 5.3 2.7 0.2 22.2
2002-03 Minnesota 31 639 54.6 32.4 84.7 5.0 6.2 1.9 0.0 20.6
2003-04 Minnesota 27 554 51.4 40.0 83.2 5.1 5.4 1.9 - 20.5
Career Minnesota 113 2285 52.8 34.9 79.8 4.9 5.1 2.1 0.1 20.2

WNBA career[edit]

Whalen in 2010

Whalen was selected the first round of the 2004 WNBA Draft (4th overall) by the Connecticut Sun. Until 2005 when Minnesota teammate Janel McCarville was selected at number 1, she was the highest drafted WNBA player ever from the Big Ten Conference. The Minnesota Lynx made an unsuccessful pre-draft trade, sending Sheri Sam and Janell Burse to the Seattle Storm for Amanda Lassiter and the 6th pick in the draft in an attempt to get hometown hero Whalen. Connecticut picked Whalen before Minnesota could, and the Storm had two more pieces to their eventual championship team.

In her rookie season, she was selected to play in the historic WNBA vs. USA Basketball game at Radio City Music Hall. She led the Sun to the WNBA Finals in her first and second seasons, playing while injured in the 2005 Finals.

In the 2008 season, Whalen led a young team to second place in the Eastern Conference. She was the MVP runner-up to Candace Parker. She was selected to the First Team All-WNBA for the first time in her career. In the playoffs, the Sun could not hold off the New York Liberty as they fell 2–1. Whalen led the league in assists with 5.4 per game.

On January 12, 2010, Whalen was traded to the Minnesota Lynx in a deal that also involved Renee Montgomery. She signed a multi-year contract extension with the Minnesota Lynx prior to the team’s Aug. 12, 2010 matchup with the Los Angeles Sparks. Terms of the deal were not announced, per team policy.[3]

In 2011, Whalen led the Lynx to its first WNBA Championship.[4] The Lynx finished the regular season 27–7, good for the second best record in franchise history and best in the league. Playing alongside a healthy Seimone Augustus and rookie sensation Maya Moore, Whalen led the WNBA in assists with 5.9 per game.[5] Whalen finished fifth in MVP voting[6] and was named First Team All-WNBA for the second time in her career. In 2012, Whalen led the league in assists for the third time in her career, and led the Lynx back to the finals, where they lost to the Indiana Fever.

In 2013, the Minnesota Lynx acquired the rights to Janel McCarville via a three-team trade, and she and Whalen were reunited as teammates. On September 7, 2013, Whalen became only the second player in WNBA history to record 4,000 points, 1,500 assists, and 1,000 rebounds in her career, joining Becky Hammon.[7] She also became the 20th player in league history to reach 4,000 points.

USA Basketball[edit]

Whalen was invited to the USA Basketball Women's National Team training camp in the fall of 2009.[8] The team selected to play for the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics is usually chosen from these participants.[8][9] Whalen was selected to be a member of the National team representing the USA at the World Championships held in September and October 2010. The team was coached by Geno Auriemma. Because many team members were still playing in the WNBA until just prior to the event, the team had only one day of practice with the entire team before leaving for Ostrava and Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. Even with limited practice, the team managed to win its first games against Greece by 26 points. The team continued to dominate with victory margins exceeding 20 points in the first five games. Several players shared scoring honors, with Swin Cash, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, Whalen, and Sylvia Fowles all ending as high scorer in the first few games. The sixth game was against undefeated Australia — the USA jumped out to a 24-point lead and the USA prevailed 83–75. The USA won its next two games by over 30 points, then faced the host team, the Czech Republic, in the championship game. The USA team had only a five-point lead at halftime, which was cut to three points, but the Czechs never got closer. Team USA went on to win the championship and gold medal. Whalen averaged 5.9 points per game.[10]

Whalen was named by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee to compete for the USA at the 2012 Olympics in London.[11] Whalen earned praise for her performance at the Olympics, especially for a critical stretch of play against Australia in the semifinal.[12] Whalen earned her first Olympic medal as the U.S. women swept all eight games they played, with an average margin of victory over 34 points per game.

WNBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold  Career high League leader

Regular season[edit]


Personal life[edit]

Whalen married Ben Greve, an insurance advisor and former Gopher golfer, on October 6, 2007.[13]


External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ticha Penicheiro
WNBA Peak Performer (Assists)
2011 season
2012 season
Succeeded by
Danielle Robinson
Preceded by
Becky Hammon
WNBA Peak Performer (Assists)
2008 season
Succeeded by
Sue Bird