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|No. 10 – Phoenix Mercury|
June 12, 1984 |
|Nationality||American / Belarusian|
|Listed height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Listed weight||139 lb (63 kg)|
|High school||Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)|
|WNBA draft||2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Mercury|
|2013–2014||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2016||New York Liberty|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
Lindsey Marcie Harding (born June 12, 1984) is an American-Belarusian professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was born in Mobile, Alabama, but grew up in Houston, Texas.
Harding had a standout career at Duke University. As a freshman in 2002–2003 she was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team, averaging 6.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.8 steals and had an ACC-best 2.1 assist/turnover ratio. As a sophomore in 2003–2004 she averaged 7.3points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 2.0 steals and had an ACC-best 2.2 assist/turnover ratio.
Harding was redshirted for the 2004–2005 year because of violation of team rules. She returned as a junior for 2005–2006 and was an Honorable Mention Kodak and Associated Press All-America, ACC Defensive Player of the Year. She averaged 10.7 points, 4.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals as a junior.
Harding finished her college career with 1,298 points, 25 blocks, 579 assists, 296 steals and 565 rebounds in 128 games (school record). She was only the sixth player in ACC history to register 1,000 points, 500 assists, 500 rebounds and 250 steals.
Despite her tremendous career numbers, contributions and a 32–2 record, she left Duke without winning an NCAA championship. Harding's senior season at Duke ended with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights' upset of the Blue Devils in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA tournament, a one-point upset sealed by Harding's missing two free throws with 0.1 seconds remaining in the game.
On January 20, 2008, Harding was honored by having her jersey number (10) retired, becoming only the second Duke women's basketball player after former teammate Alana Beard to be bestowed that honor. Some have questioned whether Duke should have bestowed such an honor, given the undisclosed reasons behind her redshirt year. In addition, on December 18, 2007, her jersey No. 12 was retired by Cy-Fair High School.
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|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|
- 2003 ACC All-Rookie team
- 2006 Duke Classic MVP
- 2006, 2007 ACC Defensive Player of the Year
- 2007 Naismith National Player of the Year
- 2007 WBCA National Defensive Player
- 2007 ESPN.com National Player of the Year
- 2007 Nancy Lieberman Award
- 2007 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award
- 2007 USBWA All-American
- 2007 John R. Wooden Award All-American
- 2007 Associated Press First Team All-American
- 2007 ACC Player of the Year
- 2007 All ACC First Team
- 2007 Duke Offensive Player of the Year
- 2007 Duke Practice Player of the Year
- 2007 Duke Heart and Hustle Award
Harding was selected first overall selection in the 2007 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury and was traded to the Minnesota Lynx for forward Tangela Smith later that day. She is also a member of USA Basketball.
Harding was leading all rookies with 11.7 points and 3.9 assists per game when a knee injury ended her season on July 10 .
On January 30, 2009, Harding was traded by the Lynx to the Mystics for the first and second round picks in the 2009 WNBA draft. She had a stellar season with the Mystics, averaging 11.9 points and a league high 5.4 assists per game .
On April 30, 2009, she re-signed with Nike for exclusive athletic shoe and apparel endorsement.
Lindsey Harding is represented by Newport Beach, CA base sports attorney Orlando J. Castano, Jr.
On April 11, 2011, Harding was traded to the Atlanta Dream along with the Washington Mystics 2012 2nd round draft pick in exchange for Ta'Shia Phillips, Kelly Miller, and the Dream's 2012 1st round draft pick.
Harding was twice part of the long list for the United States women's national basketball team, but missed out on both the 2010 FIBA World Championship in the Czech Republic, and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She is the first Naismith winner since Kate Starbird to not have played for Team USA.
In 2015, Harding was invited to play for the Belarus women's national basketball team, who needed more point guards. She was approved to the EuroBasket Women 2015 roster after getting a Belarusian passport, and helped the team finish the tournament in fourth. This led to Harding playing for Belarus in the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women, that could get her an Olympic spot. With Harding as its leading scorer, Belarus won the fifth and final place for the 2016 Olympic tournament. Harding was listed for the Belarusian roster, though she missed part of the preparation while solving her WNBA commitments.
- ESPN – Rutgers vs. Duke – Recap, March 24, 2007
- Beaton, Greg. "Lindsey hardly belongs in Cameron's rafters". Duke Chronicle. Retrieved Jan 15, 2008.
- "Women's Basketball Player stats". NCAA. Retrieved 24 Sep 2015.
- "WBCA NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 1 Jul 2014.
- "Frances Pomeroy Naismith". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 30 Jun 2014.
- "Ex-WNBA All-Star Harding signs with Sparks". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
- L.W (2015-02-10). "Los Angeles Sparks waive Lindsey Harding". Swish Appeal. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
- Liberty Signs Free Agent Guard Lindsey Harding
- New York Liberty Waives Guard Lindsey Harding
- Mercury Sign Former No. 1 Overall Pick Lindsey Harding
- Former WNBA No. 1 draft pick switches from U.S. to Belarus
- "Twenty-One Finalists In The Mix For Final 2012 U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team Roster". USA Basketball. February 13, 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
- Belarus hope Harding helps team reach Olympics
- Lindsey Harding becomes first former Duke women's basketball player to qualify for Olympics
- "Belarus finalise roster for Rio Olympics". FIBA. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.