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Lindsay Whalen #13 Guard

Lindsay Whalen

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• WNBA Champion (2013, 2011)
• All-WNBA First-Team selection (2013, 2011, 2008)
• All-WNBA Second-Team selection (2012)
• Olympic gold medalist (2012)
• WNBA All-Star (2013, 2011, 2006)
• WNBA Player of the Week (2010 – 1, 2008 – 2, 2007 – 1, 2005 – 1)
• WNBA Peak Performer for assists (2012, 2011, 2008)
• WNBA Player of the Month (August 2011)
• Lynx franchise leader for assists (758)
• Single-season franchise record holder for assists (199)
• One of six players in WNBA history with 3,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in a career

2013: Completed her fourth season in Minnesota (10th in the WNBA) by starting all 34 games for the fifth time in her career… Signed a multi-year contract extension on Sept. 6… Tallied a career-best 14.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 5.8 apg while playing 29.6 mpg; she shot 48.6% from the floor and 78.3% from the FT line… Topped the Lynx in FTs made (108) and attempted (138). but got to the line only 43 times in 17 games following the All-Star Break after taking 95 trips in the first 17… Ranked 15th in the league in scoring, 3rd in assists and 14th in FG accuracy; she also led the WNBA in ast/TO ratio at 2.66-to-1 (197 ast/74 TO)… Scored a game-high 23 points in the Sept. 14 finale vs. Chicago, her eighth 20+ effort of the season (Minnesota went 8-0 in those contests) and the 10th time she led the Lynx… Scored the 4000th point of her WNBA career Sept. 7 at Seattle… Shot 59.2% (45-for-76) over her final seven outings, after a six-game dip at 34.8% (23-for-66)… Handed out a career-high 14 assists Sept. 4 vs. Los Angeles, tying Noelle Quinn's franchise record (Aug. 19, 2007 vs. San Antonio)… Grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds (in a season-high 41:31) Aug. 11 at Chicago, part of her first point/rebound double-double in a Lynx uniform and the sixth of her career… Put in eight points in the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game, held July 27 in Connecticut… Notched a season-high 25 points and 11 assists July 13 at Tulsa; it's the second 25+ point/10+ assist game of her career and one of just eight in WNBA history… Scored 12 of her game-high 23 points in the final six minutes of the July 11 victory at Indiana… Dished 10 assists June 6 vs. Phoenix, the first of four double-digit nights this season...2012: Completed her ninth WNBA season (third with the Lynx) by leading the league in assists for the second straight year (5.4 apg)… Started 33 games, missing the Sept. 20 contest at Los Angeles due to illness; it was her first DNP since June 6, 2010 vs. Indiana… Contributed 11.5 ppg and 4.2 rpg in 27.0 mpg, the league's leading rebounder among point guards… Topped 50% from the floor for the second straight year (50.5%), ranking 9th in the WNBA; she went 13-for-26 from three-point range, but hit a career-low 72.7% from the FT line… Moved past Katie Smith atop the Lynx' all-time assist leader board Aug. 19 vs. Tulsa, and dealt her 1500th career assist Sept. 9 at San Antonio… Led Minnesota with eight rebounds Sept. 17 vs. Indiana (including a career-high six on the offensive end)… Sank the game-winning basket with :01.6 to play Sept. 14 at Indiana, her second buzzer-beater this year (May 30 at Washington) and third for the Lynx… Snagged nine rebounds Sept. 7 vs. Atlanta, her high total in a Lynx uniform; she also logged a season-high 38:20… Totaled 76 ast/22 TOs in 14 games following the Olympic break (3.45-to-1), finishing 2nd in the league overall (2.62-to-1)… Chipped in 19 points Aug. 31 vs. Tulsa, the third time she's led… Led all scorers with 25 points June 23 vs. Chicago, her second 20+ effort… Put in 29 points June 15 at Phoenix, the most by any Lynx player since Seimone Augustus' 36-point effort in 2010… Dished 10 assists June 9 at Tulsa, her lone double-figure performance of the year; Minnesota went 14-0 when she handed out 6+ assists... 2011: Wrapped up her eighth WNBA season and second with the Lynx by starting all 34 games... Averaged 13.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg and a career-best (and league-leading) 5.9 apg while playing 28.1 mpg... Shot a career-high 51.1% from the floor -- good for 8th in the league and tops among guards -- but tied her career low in hitting 73.0% from the FT line; she also sank 40.5% (17-for-42) from long distance... Her 199 assists for the season broke her own franchise record of 184 set a year ago; she ranked 2nd in the WNBA in assist/TO ratio (2.65-to-1)... Netted the third 20-point/10 assist outing of her career (all with Lynx) on Sept. 8 vs. Chicago; it's the first time in WNBA history a player has tallied 20+ points, 10+ assists and zero turnovers in a game...Chosen Western Conference Player of the Month for August, the first such honor of her career... Scored her 3000th career point Aug. 9 at Phoenix, becoming the sixth player in league history with 3000 points, 1000 rebounds and 1000 assists... Scored a game- and season-high 24 points Aug. 7 at Los Angeles, one of six times she led the Lynx... Sank the game-winning jumper with 01:5 to play July 31 at San Antonio, capping a 23-point effort that saw her register highs in rebounds (seven) and steals (four)... Netted four points, five rebounds and six steals in the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game, held July 23 in San Antonio... Grabbed her 1000th rebound July 16 vs. Seattle... Led all scorers with 21 points June 30 at Tulsa, and had 13 points and 10 assists at Seattle, one of six point/assists double-doubles in a Lynx uniform. 2010: Completed her seventh season in the WNBA (first with the Lynx) by starting 33 games, missing the June 6 contest vs. Indiana due to illness... Averaged a career-high and franchise-record 5.6 apg (ranking 3rd in the league), breaking the previous mark of 4.4 apg shared by Teresa Edwards (2003) and Noelle Quinn (2007)... Also ranked 3rd in minutes played (a career-high 33.6 mpg), 5th in FT accuracy (89.9%), 6th in ast/TO ratio (2.42-to-1), 18th in steals (1.39 spg), 23rd in scoring (12.6 ppg) and 1st among point guards in rebounding (4.0 rpg)... Shot 41.0% from the floor, boosting that to 45.0% over the final 22 games after a 31.3% start through her first 11... Led the Lynx with 21 points and 12 assists Aug. 15 vs. San Antonio, her second career 20+ point/10+ assist effort (both this year) and fourth double-double of the season... Tallied season highs of 27 points and 12 assists Aug. 3 vs. Connecticut, one of six times she was Minnesota's top scorer... Named Western Conference Player of the Week for Aug. 2-8, the fifth such honor of her career... Grabbed a team- and season-high seven rebounds Aug. 7 at Chicago... Played for the WNBA Stars in the 2010 "Stars at the Sun" contest July 10 in Uncasville, Conn.... Tied her season high with four steals June 19 at Tulsa, and dealt a season-high 12 assists June 18 vs. Tulsa... Scored her 2500th career point July 24 vs. Phoenix, and registered the 1000th assist of her career June 10 at Phoenix... Saw her season-opening run of 41 consecutive made FTs ended June 4 at Tulsa; including last year, the streak reached 54 (the 2nd-longest in league history)... The May 19 game at Seattle was the 200th of her WNBA career... 2009: Started all 34 games for the Sun in 2009, averaging 11.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.4 steals in 29.4 minutes per game... Connected on .430 percent of her shots; .265 percent of her three-point attempts; and shot .891 percent from the line... With 2,290 points, 832 rebounds 964 career assists, Whalen is on pace, in 2010, to become just the third player in WNBA history with 2,500+ points, 1,000+ rebounds and 1,000+ assists... Her 4.6 assists per game was good for fifth-best in the league... Hauled in career-best 12 rebounds on June 7th, 2009 vs. New York... 2008: Narrowly edged for league MVP (276.79-242.08) by Los Angeles rookie Candace Parker in closest vote ever after most complete season of her career... Became just the second player in league history to average at least 10 points, five rebounds and five assists for a season, joining Nikki Teasley... Led the WNBA in assists average with 5.4 per game... Finished second on the team in scoring average (14.0 ppg.), establishing a new career high... Set new single-season career highs for made field goals (141), made threes (26) and made free throws (126)... Became the all-time franchise assist leader on July 1st, collecting her 738th assist to pass Shannon Johnson... Reached 800 career assists against Chicago (9/5)... Tied her career-high with 33 points at Washington (7/13)... Had 23 double-figure games, including 12 straight to open the season... Matched her career high with 10 rebounds against Atlanta (6/27)... Scored her 1,500th career point against New York (5/30)... 2007: Enjoyed most complete season as a professional... Led the league in total assists (169)... Finished tied for the league lead in assist average (5.0) with Becky Hammon despite playing six more games... Averaged a career-best 13.4 points per game... Set new single-season highs for steals (73), rebounds (162), defensive rebounds (129), offensive rebounds (33) and made field goals (156)... Scored a career-high 33 points against Detroit (7/24), the most points ever scored by a Sun player in regulation... Set a franchise mark for made field goals (13) in the same game... Collected her 500th career assist at Minnesota (6/13), and her 600th against New York (7/26)... Scored her 1000th career point in the season opener at Washington (5/19)... Registered the fourth double-double of her career with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Chicago (6/17)...Narrowly missed a rare triple double with 10 assists, nine points and eight rebounds against New York (6/20)... Finished third in the league in steals per game (2.15)...Finished third in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.25)... Narrowly missed becoming just the second player in WNBA history to average 10 points, five assists and five rebounds per game for a season... Ranked 10th or higher in the WNBA in 12 different statistical categories... 2006: Played limited minutes through the early part of the season after undergoing surgery to repair ligaments in her left ankle on January 10th... Assist average (4.6) was fourth best in the WNBA... Free throw percentage of 90.3 was a career high and the third best in the league... Made all 32 free throws attempted in a sixgame stretch (6/23-7/6)... Reached double figures in 15 games... Made first career start in the WNBA All-Star game... Had a career high 105 defensive rebounds... Played in 33 of 34 games... Sat out the last game of the season... 2005: Followed up a productive rookie season with improvement in almost every statistical category... Raised her scoring average by over three points per game from her rookie season... Led the team with career highs in assists (172), made free throws (125), and free throw attempts (156)... Was third in scoring average (12.1 ppg) and fourth in total rebounds (128)... Assist total was the second best single-season total in franchise history... Established new single-game career highs for points (28) in a game, points in a half (17) and made field goals (9) during a win over Charlotte (8/18)... Became the first Sun player since Nykesha Sales (July of 2004) to have consecutive 20-point games... Led the team in assists 25 times... Earned the first WNBA Player of the Week Award of her career on June 27th... Had a career-high nine rebounds against Detroit (6/18)... Underwent surgical procedure during the 2005 off-season (1/10/06) to tighten ligaments in her left ankle... 2004: Voted by fans onto the 2004 WNBA All-Star roster... Started 30 of 31 games she played in, missing three due to a strep throat... Ranked fifth in WNBA, first among rookies, in assist average (4.8)... Ranked sixth in WNBA in assist total (148)... Ranked sixth in WNBA in assists per 40 minutes (6.3)... Ranked 12th in the league in field goal percentage (.454), 16th in three-point field goal percentage (.351) and 19th in free throw attempts per 40 minutes (5.16)... Set a single-game franchise record with 13 assists at Detroit (6/27), and also had 10 points for first WNBA double-double... Recorded her second double-double with 16 points and 10 assists vs. Indiana (7/6)... Set franchise records for most assists in two consecutive games (23), three consecutive games (30) and four consecutive games (40).

Playoffs
2013:Captured her second career WNBA Championship with the Lynx, averaging 9.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game in all seven postseason contests... Scored 15 points, dished out five assists and grabbed three rebounds as teh Lynx swept the Dream in the WNBA Finals...2012: Led the Lynx back to the WNBA Finals for the second consecutive season, averaging 13.3 points, 4.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game… Scored 20+ points twice in the postseason, including scoring a game-high 20 points in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against Seattle… 2011: Captured her first career WNBA Championship with the Lynx, averaging 12.0 points, 3.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game in eight postseason contests… Scored 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out four assists as the Lynx swept the Mercury in the Western Conference Finals… Set a career single-game postseason high with four steals against San Antonio on 9/20 as the Lynx advanced to the Western Conference Finals. 2008: Averaged 13.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and four assists in three games against New York... Led the Sun with 19 points, and also had seven rebounds in Game 3 (9/22)... Made 13-of-15 free throws in the series... 2007: Averaged 13.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game... Recorded bookend double-doubles in the playoffs, collecting 13 points and 10 assists in Game 1 against Indiana (8/23) and 21 points and a team-high 10 rebounds in Game 3 at Indiana (8/27)... Was 9-of-10 from the free throw line during the series... 2006: Averaged 12.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 2.2 apg... Led the team in scoring during the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Washington, averaging 18.5 points... 2005: Scored 27 points in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Detroit, tying her own franchise playoff record with 15 made free throws while setting a new mark for free throw attempts (17)... Averaged 16.5 points, 3.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds during sweeps of Detroit and Indiana... Suffered fracture in tibial plateau of her left leg during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Indiana... Sprained ankle in Game 1 of WNBA Finals... Averaged just four points and three assists per game in the WNBA Finals, sitting out Game 2 because of her injuries... 2004: Established a WNBA playoff record against Washington Mystics (9/27) with 11 made free throws in a half during the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

International
2012: Helped Team USA win gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London; she averaged 8.0 ppg (53.3%) and 2.4 apg in eight outings… 2011: Participated in the USA Basketball Women's National Team May Training Camp in Las Vegas... 2010: Captured the Gold Medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women... In nine games with Team USA, averaged 5.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game... 2009: Named to the U.S. Women's Fall Training Camp roster but could not participate due to injury... 2003: Member of the 2003 USA World Championship for Young Women team that won the gold in Croatia... 2002: Won gold medal as member of the 2002 USA World Championship for Young Women Qualifying team.

Overseas
2012-13: Spent her first season in Turkey with Galatasaray… Appeared in 14 TKBL games, averaging 14.4 points, 5.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 56.9% from the floor… Played in 10 EuroLeague games with Galatasaray, averaging 13.6 points, 4.4 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game… 2011-12: Spent her fifth winter with USK Praha, averaging 13.7 ppg (on 64.2% shooting) and 4.5 rpg en route to winning her third ZBL championship… Also contributed 8.2 ppg (46.7%), 5.8 rpg and 3.0 apg in six EuroLeague appearances… 2010-11: Spent her fourth consecutive winter in Prague playing for USK Praha... Averaged 11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 33 Domestic League games... Played in 13 EuroLeague games, averaging 13.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game... 2009-10: Spent third-straight winter in Prague, returning to play for USK Praha... Averaged 11.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in 25 Czech League games... Also led USK to EuroLeague playoffs, tallying 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 12 apperacnes... 2008-09: Returned to Prague for the 2008-09 off-season... Was a EuroLeague All-Star... 2007-08: Played for USK Blex Praha in Prague, Czech Republic during the 2007-08 off-season... Named to the EuroLeague All-Star team... 2006-07: Spent the 2006-07 off-season playing for UMMC in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

College
Galvanized the state of Minnesota behind the women's program, which rose to national prominence during her storied career... Average attendance at women's basketball games grew from 1,087 during her freshman season to 9,866 her senior year... Became Minnesota's all-time leading scorer on January 25, 2004 against Michigan State, surpassing 1994 Wade Trophy Winner Carol Ann Shudlick... Finished career with 2,285 points, fifth-best in Big Ten history... Holds Minnesota career records in points, scoring average, games in double figures, free throws made and free throw percentage... Also among top-10 leaders 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... Shares Minnesota's single-game record for free throw percentage (14-14 vs. Creighton on 12/4/03)... Only four-time team MVP in school history... Was a two-time Wade Trophy Finalist (2004, 2003)... Two-time Naismith Award Finalist (2004,2003)... As a senior, was a Kodak All-American First Team, USBWA All-American Second Team... As a senior, was a Kodak All-American First Team, USBWA All-american Second Team and an AP All-American Second Team... First Golden Gopher to earn All-American honors in three different seasons... Led Minnesota to its first-ever Final Four appearance in 2004... Led Minnesota to the NCAA tournament three straight years... Program had been to the tournament just once before her arrival... Named NCAA Mideast Region MVP for the 2004 NCAA tournament... Was unanimous selection for All-Big Ten First Team in 2004, 2003 and 2002... Three-time Academic All-Big Ten (2004,2003,2002)... Won the 2004 and 2002 Fast Break Club Award... As a junior, was a Kodak All-American First Team, USBWA All-American First Team and an AP All-American Second Team.

Personal

Born on May 9, 1982 in Hutchinson, Minn. ... Full name is Lindsay Marie Whalen... The daughter of Neil and Kathy Whalen... Married former University of Minnesota All-American golfer Ben Greve on Oct. 6, 2008 in Hutchinson, Minn. ... Oldest of five children, with two sisters (Katie and Annie) and two brothers (Thomas and Casey)... First woman to be named Minneapolis Star Tribune Sportsperson of the Year, beating out Twins' Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana and NBA MVP Kevin Garnett for the honor in December 2004... Also recognized as Sportsperson of the Year by the St. Paul Pioneer Press... Her #13 was retired by the University of Minnesota during a ceremony at Williams Arena in January 2005... Listed Charles Barkley, Jennifer Capriati, Kirby Puckett and Anthony Carter as her childhood sports heroes... Was the first athlete in University of Minnesota history to have her own bobblehead doll... Voted Favorite Female Athlete in City Pages Best of The Twin Cities reader's poll... Majored in sports management... Led Hutchinson H.S. to Missota Conference title three straight years (1997-99)... Averaged 22.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists as a junior... Also an All-Conference selection in tennis and track.

Career Transactions

Chosen by Connecticut in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 2004 WNBA Draft... Re-signed to a three-year extension on Feb. 19, 2008... Acquired from Connecticut, along with a 1st-round pick (2nd overall) in the 2010 WNBA Draft, on Jan. 12, 2010 in exchange for Renee Montgomery and a 1st-round pick (1st overall) in the 2010 WNBA Draft... Re-signed to a three-year extension on Aug. 12, 2010.