Lindsey Harding

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Lindsey Harding
Harding 07.31.07.jpg
No. 10 – Phoenix Mercury
Position Guard
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1984-06-12) June 12, 1984 (age 32)
Mobile, Alabama
Nationality American / Belarusian
Listed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Listed weight 139 lb (63 kg)
Career information
High school Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)
College Duke (2002–2007)
WNBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Phoenix Mercury
Playing career 2007–present
Career history
20072008 Minnesota Lynx
20092010 Washington Mystics
20112012 Atlanta Dream
2013 Galatasaray
20132014 Los Angeles Sparks
2016 New York Liberty
2016–present Phoenix Mercury
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

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.

College career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2] In addition, on December 18, 2007, her jersey No. 12 was retired by Cy-Fair High School.

College 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
2002–03 Duke 37 231 43.8 7.7 76.5 3.9 3.4 1.8 0.2 6.2
2003–04 Duke 34 230 45.9 24.1 65.5 4.5 4.9 2.0 0.1 6.8
2004–05 Duke Redshirt
2005–06 Duke 35 374 48.1 41.1 78.1 3.7 4.5 2.1 0.1 10.7
2006–07 Duke 34 463 44.4 38.1 74.8 4.0 3.9 1.5 0.3 13.6
Career Duke 140 1298 45.5 34.2 73.9 4.0 4.1 1.9 0.2 9.3


WNBA career[edit]

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 [2].

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 [3].

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.

On February 5, 2013, Harding signed with the Los Angeles Sparks.[6] Two years later, the Sparks waived Harding after two seasons with the team.[7]

On April 18, 2016, Harding signed with the New York Liberty.[8] She was waived on June 15, after Harding appeared in five games with the Liberty.[9]

On June 24, 2016, Harding signed with the Phoenix Mercury.[10]

International career[edit]

USA Basketball[edit]

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.[11][12]


In 2015, Harding was invited to play for the Belarus women's national basketball team, who needed more point guards.[13] She was approved to the EuroBasket Women 2015 roster after getting a Belarusian passport,[14] 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.[15] With Harding as its leading scorer, Belarus won the fifth and final place for the 2016 Olympic tournament.[16] Harding was listed for the Belarusian roster, though she missed part of the preparation while solving her WNBA commitments.[17]


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