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Lindsay Whalen's Bio

About Lindsay Whalen


  • WNBA Champion (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
  • All-WNBA First Team (2008, 2011, 2013)
  • All-WNBA Second Team (2012, 2014)
  • WNBA Peak Performer for Assists (2008, 2011, 2012)
  • Eastern Conference All-Star (2004, 2006)
  • Western Conference All-Star (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Western Conference Player of the Month (Aug. 2011)
  • Eastern Conference Player of the Week (2005:1, 2007:1, 2008:2)
  • Western Conference Player of the Week (2010:1, 2014:1, 2015:1)
  • Named to the WNBA’s Top 20@20 Team
  • WNBA’s career leader in games won (307)
  • Lynx career leader in assists (1,285)
  • Lynx single-season record for assists (199, 2011)
  • Olympic Gold Medalist (2012, 2016)
  • FIBA World Championship Gold Medalist (2010, 2014)


Career Transactions

Chosen by Connecticut in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 2004 WNBA Draft… Re-signed by Connecticut to a three-year contract extension on Feb. 19, 2008… Acquired by Minnesota from Connecticut on Jan. 12, 2010, along with a 1st-round pick (2nd overall) in the 2010 WNBA Draft, in exchange for Renee Montgomery and a 1st-round pick (1st overall) in the 2010 WNBA Draft… Re-signed to a three-year contract extension on Aug. 12, 2010… Re-signed to a three-year contract extension on Sept. 6, 2013… Re-signed to a two-year contract extension on Sept. 15, 2016.


Saw her 14th WNBA campaign (eighth with the Lynx) truncated to a career-low 22 games after suffering a fractured fifth metacarpal in her left hand Aug. 3 vs. Atlanta… Underwent surgery on Aug. 4 and was sidelined for the final 12 contests; Minnesota went 20-2 in her starts… Averaged career lows of 8.0 ppg and 2.5 rpg in 23.6 mpg, adding 4.1 apg while shooting 45.1% from the field, 35.3% from beyond the arc and 75.0% from the FT line… Connected on 12 of 34 three-point attempts for the year, having made 11 treys (in 44 attempts) combined over the previous four seasons… Hit the tie-breaking jumper with :47.7 to play in the July 25 win vs. New York… Handed out seven assists July 19 vs. Dallas; since 2011, the Lynx are 57-2 when she deals 7+… Pulled down a season-best six rebounds June 23 vs. Washington, and scored a season-high 19 points (on 8-for-10 shooting) June 3 at Seattle… The June 9 game at Washington marked her 295th regular-season win (122-75 with Connecticut and now 185-66 with Minnesota for a total of 307-141, .685), surpassing Swin Cash (294) for the WNBA’s all-time lead in that category… Dished a season-high 10 assists May 28 at San Antonio, her 19th career game with 10+.


2016: Started 32 games, tallying 9.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg and a career-low 3.8 apg (11th in the league) in 24.6 mpg… Shot a career-high 51.3% from the floor (tops among all WNBA guards and 12th overall) and ranked 8th by hitting 89.2% from the FT line… Pumped in a season-high 24 points Aug. 28 vs. Seattle, her third 20+ night of the year (56th career) and the fourth time she led… Handed out a season-best eight assists July 15 vs. New York; in the last six years, the Lynx are 55-2 when she deals 7+… Put in 22 points July 12 at San Antonio, after tallying 22 points (on 11-for-13 shooting) with a season-best seven rebounds July 9 vs. Dallas; it’s the first time she’s scored 20+ points in consecutive games since May 2014… Scored her 5000th career point July 7 at Connecticut, becoming the first player in WNBA history with 5000+ points, 2000+ assists and 1500+ rebounds… The May 31 game at New York was the 400th of her career. 2015: Limited to 29 games; entering the season, she’d missed only nine games in her career and just two with Minnesota… Netted 10.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 4.3 apg (4th in the WNBA), shooting 46.2% from the floor, 42.9% (6-for-14) from long distance and 88.2% from the line to rank 9th in that category… Collected 12 points and a season-high 10 assists Aug. 21 at San Antonio, her 20th career double-double (13th of the point/assist variety); in the past five years, the Lynx are 52-2 when she has 7+ assists… Pulled in a season-high 10 rebounds to go with 13 points (in a season-high 35:53) Aug. 16 at Washington… Dealt her 2000th career assist Aug. 11 vs. San Antonio, becoming the third player in WNBA history (joining Ticha Penicheiro and Sue Bird) to reach that mark… Tallied 24 points July 29 vs. Los Angeles, her third 20+ outing of the year (53rd career); she had a season-best 26 points June 5 vs. Tulsa… Named Western Conference Player of the Week for June 22-28, her seventh career honor (third with the Lynx)…2014: Started all 34 games for the sixth time in her career… Tallied 14.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 5.6 apg while playing 30.6 mpg; she shot 48.0% from the floor and 77.0% from the FT line… Ranked 2nd in the league in assists, 14th in scoring, 14th in FG accuracy and 1st among guards in rebounding; she also led the WNBA in ast/TO ratio (a career-best 3.05-to-1)… Pumped in a season-high 26 points July 22 vs. Atlanta, her seventh 20+ outing this year; the 45:39 of playing time is a career high… Averaged 15.9 ppg (53.2%), 4.9 rpg and 6.1 apg in 10 July starts… Selected for the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game, held July 19 in Phoenix, and totaled four points and four assists… Matched her season highs in assists (10) and rebounds (nine) July 10 at Tulsa, adding 21 points to finish one board short of a triple-double… It’s her 12th career point/assist double-double (10th in a Lynx uniform) and fifth game with 20+ pts/10+ ast… Led Minnesota with nine rebounds July 8 vs. Los Angeles; she netted 22 points July 3 vs. San Antonio… Picked off four steals June 6 at Seattle, matching her best in a Lynx uniform; she also went over the 10,000-career minute plateau in that game… Named Western Conference Player of the Week on June 2, her sixth career honor… Scored Minnesota’s final 10 points May 18 vs. Connecticut, tying her own club record for points in an OT period… 2013: Completed her 10th WNBA season by starting all 34 games for the fifth time in her career… 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… 2012: 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… Led the league in assists for the second straight year (5.4 apg)… Also 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 a season-high nine rebounds Sept. 7 vs. Atlanta; 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 second season 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… Her 199 assists for the season broke her own franchise record of 184 set in 2010; 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 the 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… Sank the game-winning jumper with :01.5 to play July 31 at San Antonio, capping a 23-point effort that saw her register season highs in rebounds (seven) and steals (four)… Netted four points, five rebounds and six assists in the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game, held July 23 in San Antonio… Grabbed her 1000th rebound July 16 vs. Seattle… 2010: Completed her first season with the Lynx by starting 33 games, missing the June 6 contest vs. Indiana due to illness… Averaged a then-career-high and then-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)… Led the Lynx with 21 points and 12 assists Aug. 15 vs. San Antonio, her second career 20+ point/10+ assist effort 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… Played for the WNBA Stars in the 2010 “Stars at the Sun” contest July 10 in Uncasville, Conn.… 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)… 2009: Started all 34 games, 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 and shot .891 percent from the line… 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… 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… 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… Scored her 1,500th career point against New York (5/30)… 2007: 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)… 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)… 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 first career start in the WNBA All-Star game… Had a career-high 105 defensive rebounds… 2005: Followed up a productive rookie season with improvement in almost every statistical category… Led the team with career highs in assists (172), made free throws (125) and free throw attempts (156)… Assist total was the second best single-season total in franchise history… Became the first Sun player since Nykesha Sales (July 2004) to have consecutive 20-point games… Earned the first WNBA Player of the Week Award of her career on June 27th… 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)… Set a franchise record with 13 assists at Detroit (6/27), part of her first WNBA double-double… Set franchise records for most assists in two consecutive games (23), three consecutive games (30) and four consecutive games (40).


2017: Returned from a 12-game injury layoff to start all eight postseason contests and earn her fourth WNBA championship… Averaged 7.4 ppg (45.7%), 2.0 rpg and 4.9 apg in 22.9 mpg, capped by a 17-point, eight-assist effort in the Game 5 win vs. Los Angeles on Oct. 4… Surpassed Tamika Catchings for the all-time lead in WNBA playoff minutes played in the Game 4 win at Los Angeles on Oct. 1… 2016: Started all eight games, averaging 13.1 ppg (on a playoff career-high 56.9% shooting) and 3.9 apg… Reached double-figures in scoring in seven out of the eight… 2015: Started all 10 postseason games, collecting 6.5 ppg (34.8%), 2.1 rpg and 3.3 apg en route to capturing the 2015 WNBA title… 2014: Started all five games, averaging team-highs in points (20.6) and assists (6.0)… Pumped in a playoff career-high 31 points on Aug. 23; her 11 assists on Aug. 21 are a playoff career best and a club playoff record… 2013: Captured her second 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 the 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: Won her first WNBA Championship… Started all eight playoff games, averaging 12.0 ppg (46.3%), 3.6 rpg and 3.8 apg… Led all scorers with 20 points Sept. 16 vs. San Antonio, adding a then-franchise playoff record (and career playoff best) four steals… 2008: Averaged 13.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 4.0 apg in three games vs. New York… Led the Sun with 19 points and also had seven rebounds in Game 3 (Sept. 22)… 2007: Tallied 13.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 5.0 apg in three postseason starts… Recorded bookend double-doubles in the playoffs, collecting 13 points and 10 assists in Game 1 vs. Indiana (Aug. 23) and 21 points and a team-high 10 rebounds in Game 3 at Indiana (Aug. 27)… 2006: Tallied 12.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 2.2 apg in five playoff starts… Led the team in scoring at 18.5 ppg during the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Washington… 2005: Scored 27 points in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Detroit, tying her own franchise playoff record with 15 made FTs… Averaged 16.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 3.5 apg during sweeps of Detroit and Indiana… Suffered a fracture in the tibial plateau of her left leg during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Indiana, and a sprained left ankle in Game 1 of the Finals vs. Sacramento… Averaged 4.5 ppg and 2.0 apg in two Finals starts, sitting out Game 2 because of her injuries… 2004: Averaged 13.4 ppg (46.2%), 2.3 rpg and 5.1 apg in eight playoff starts, guiding Connecticut to its first trip to the WNBA Finals… Established a WNBA playoff record on Sept. 27 vs. Washington with 11 made FTs in a half during the Eastern Conference Semifinals.


2016: Earned her second Olympic gold medal with Team USA on Aug. 20 in Rio de Janeiro; she tallied 7.9 ppg (55.3%) and 3.1 apg in eight outings… 2014: Earned gold at the 2014 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, where she averaged 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists… 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… 2010: Earned a gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, held in the Czech Republic… Tallied 5.9 ppg (48.7%) in nine outings, including a 16-point effort vs. Canada on Sept. 27… 2003: Won gold with Team USA at the 2003 FIBA World Championships For Young Women (U21) in Sibenik, Croatia.


2014-15: Led Turkish club AGÜ Spor to the TKBL Finals before falling in four games… Averaged 16.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 26 TKBL games… Averaged 15.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists in EuroLeague play… 2013-14: Spent her first season with Dynamo Moscow in Russia, tallying 13.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game in 22 PBL games… Helped lead Dynamo Moscow to the 2014 EuroCup championship… Played in 11 EuroCup games, averaging 10.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game… 2012-13: Spent her first season in Turkey with Galatasaray… Appeared in 14 TKBL games, netting 14.4 points, 5.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 56.9%… Saw action 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 in the Czech Republic, 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 the winter playing for USK Praha, tallying 11.2 ppg (56.5%), 4.2 rpg and 3.4 apg in 34 ZBL appearances… Also led USK to the EuroLeague playoffs; she averaged 13.2 ppg (46.4%), 5.0 rpg and 4.6 apg in 13 contests… 2009-10: Returned to USK Praha, averaging 11.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 2.8 apg in 25 Czech League games… Also led USK to EuroLeague playoffs, tallying 15.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.7 apg in 12 appearances… 2008-09: Returned to Prague… Was a EuroLeague All-Star… 2007-08: Played for USK Praha… Named to the EuroLeague All-Star team… 2006-07: Spent the winter playing for UMMC in Ekaterinburg, Russia.


Galvanized 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 and an AP All-American Second Team… First Golden Gopher to earn All-American honors in three different seasons… Led Minnesota to the NCAA tournament three straight years, including its first-ever Final Four appearance in 2004… 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)… As a junior, was a Kodak All-American First Team, USBWA All-American First Team and an AP All-American Second Team… Her #13 was retired by the University of Minnesota during a ceremony at Williams Arena in January 2005.


Born 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… 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)… Also an All-Conference selection in tennis and track.

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