When Lindsay Whalen was drafted No. 4 overall in 2004 by the Connecticut Sun one thing was already for certain: she could score the basketball.
In her four years at the University of Minnesota before being drafted by the Sun, Whalen averaged 20.2 points per game and became the school’s all-time leading scorer four months before her senior season even ended.
When she finally hung up her sneakers on a collegiate level, Whalen held the Minnesota women’s basketball record for points, scoring average, games in double figures, free-throws made and free-throw percentage. She also is among the top-10 in field goals made, field goal attempts, field goal percentage, three-pointers made, three-pointers attempted and three-point field goal percentage.
In other words, Whalen is going to get her shot one way or the other.
13 seasons into her WNBA career not much has changed from her days purveying the gym at the University of Minnesota. In fact, she’s even closer to the campus where she made an indelible mark. After six seasons in Connecticut Whalen was traded to the Lynx in 2010 and has been climbing up the scoring chart ever since.
With her fourth point early in the Thursday’s contest against her old team, Whalen became the 15th player to score 5,000 points for her career. Even more impressively, she became the first player ever to record 5,000 points, 2,000 assists, and 1,500 rebounds in a career.
— WNBA (@WNBA) July 8, 2016
At 34 years old,Lindsay Whalen is in the final chapter of her professional basketball career. It’s been historic to say the least, the five-time All-Star, and three-time WNBA champion has reached the pinnacle of both individual and team success on a basketball floor.
But, while Whalen shared those accolades with others, on Thursday she joined a club of one. It’s a testament to the well-rounded, versatile and Hall of Fame career of one of the best guards the league has ever seen.