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Lindsay Whalen

  • As of  Sept. 18, 2017.

USA Basketball Notes

  • Gold Medals: 2012 and 2016 Olympics, 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Championships, 2003 FIBA World Championship For Young Women (U21), 2002 World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Tournament (U20).
  • Accepted an invitation to the 2017 USA Women's National Team training camp Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, California, but advanced to the WNBA Finals and will not be available to participate.
  • Played on a pair of USA junior teams in college and was called up to the USA National Team in 2008. Since then, she has helped USA Basketball capture gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics (16-0) and 2010 (9-0) and 2014 (6-0) FIBA World Championships, while aiding the USA to a 18-2 exhibition record.
  • Ranked seventh among the 12-team field in London for field goal percentage (.533, 24-25 FGs).
  • Invited to attend the 2009 USA National Team’s fall training camp, but was unable to participate due to an injury (eye).
  • Member of the 2007-08 USA National Team and joined in on the USA's 2008 Chicago training camp, but was unable to participate in the Good Luck Beijing Tournament due to her European team commitments.
  • Member of the 2003 USA World Championship For Young Women (U21) Team that captured the gold medal with a 7-1 record in Sibenik, Croatia; helped the U.S. to a 4-0 record in exhibition play.
  • Member of the 2002 USA World Championship For Young Women Qualifying (U20) Team that finished with a 4-0 record and the gold medal in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. The squad also earned a pair of exhibition victories over the Brazil senior and young women national teams.

Professional Notes

  • Drafted: No. 4 by the Connecticut Sun in 2004, traded to the Minnesota Lynx on Jan. 12, 2010.
  • All-WNBA first team: 2008, 2011, 2013.
  • All-WNBA second team: 2012, 2014.
  • WNBA titles: 2011, 2013, 2015.
  • WNBA All-Star Games: 2006, 2011 (Also played as a member of the 2004 WNBA All-Star Team in an exhibition game against the 2004 USA National Team and was on the WNBA team in the 2010 “WNBA vs. USA Basketball: Stars at the Sun” game), 2013, 2014.
  • WNBA Top 20@20: 2016.
  • WNBA assists champ: 2008, 2011, 2012.
  • EuroLeague All-Star Games: 2008, 2009, 2010.
  • Is the winningest player in WNBA history after earning her 295th regular season victory on June 9, 2017. She is currently at 307 through the 2017 season.
  • Helped the Minnesota Lynx since 2011 to three WNBA titles (2011, 2013, 2015), a 195-77 (.717) regular season record and a 34-13 (.723) playoff record (through 2016).
  • During her six seasons in Connecticut, the Sun compiled a 125-79 (.613) regular season record, advanced to the playoffs five times, including the 2004 and 2005 WNBA Finals.
  • Played in Europe since 2005-06 and spent her first two years with UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia), five seasons with ZVVZ USK Prague (Czech Republic), played in 2012-13 for Galatasaray (Turkey), suited up in
  • 2013-14 alongside Tina Charles for Dynamo Moscow (Russia) to help Dynamo capture the EuroCup championship, and played in 2014-15 for Agü Spor (Turkey).
  • Runner-up for the 2008 WNBA MVP award.
  • Minnesota’s league-best 27-7 record in 2011 marked the second-largest turnaround in WNBA history after Minnesota finished 13-21 in 2010.

College Years

  • In her four years, Minnesota compiled an 80-43 (.650) record, including 72-23 (.758) in her final three seasons, and reached three NCAA Tournaments, including the 2003 Sweet 16 and to Minnesota's first Final Four in history in 2004.
  • NCAA Tournament All-Regional (2002, 2003, 2004).
  • WBCA All-America first team and Associated Press second team (2003, 2004).
  • USBWA All-America first team (2002, 2003) and second team (2004).
  • Verizon Academic All-America third team (2003) and Academic All-Big Ten (2002, 2003, 2004).
  • Big Ten Player of the Year (2002), one of only three sophomores in conference history to earn the honor; All-Big Ten first team (2002, 2003, 2004) and All-Big Ten honorable mention (2001).
  • Became the fastest female Gopher to reach 1,000 career points after doing so in 51 games and lists as Minnesota's all-time career scoring leader with 2,285 points.

Personal Notes

  • Born in her hometown of Hutchinson, Minnesota, resides in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
  • Married former University of Minnesota All-American golfer Ben Greve on Oct. 6, 2008, in Hutchinson.
  • Daughter of Neil and Kathy Whalen, is the oldest of five children.
  • Nicknames are Wheezy and Whay.
  • Majored in sports management.
  • Favorite music group is Pearl Jam.
  • Enjoys watching The office, Fargo, Modern Family, Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2.
  • Likes to read People, ESPN and Sports Illustrated.
  • Loves to travel and lists her favorite city as Paris because, “I love the feel of the city and all of the cafes and restaurants that are on every corner of the city. There are also so many cultural places to see and visit there.”
  • First woman to be named the Minneapolis Star Tribune Sportsperson of the Year in 2004, beating out Cy Young award winner Johan Santana and NBA MVP Kevin Garnett.
  • Attended Hutchinson High School (Minn.), where she was a four-time All-Minnesota Conference selection and also earned all-conference honors in tennis and track and field.
  • Has come back from two ankle surgeries in her career, each of which took about four months of rehab before she was able to return to the court.
  • Has a superstitious rule picked up from her father and never gets a haircut on gameday.
  • Credits former Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault and her current Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve as the two greatest influences on her career.
  • Favorite sports teams include: Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Twins and all of the University of Minnesota teams.
  • Keeps her Olympic gold medal in a safe.
  • Is a “pretty good” golfer and her favorite golfers include Tiger Woods and Rory McElroy.

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USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM G/S MIN/G FGM-A PCT 3PM-3A PCT FTM-A PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST TO BLK STL
2016 OLY 8/ 0 18.0 26-47 .553 0-1 .000 11- 16 .688 15/ 1.9 63/7.9 25 9 0 8
2016 OLYx 4/ 0 14.3 11-22 .500 0-1 .000 10- 12 .833 5/ 1.3 32/8.0 7 4 0 3
2014 WC 6/ 0 15.7 20-35 .571 0-0 .--- 10- 16 .625 20/ 3.3 50/8.3 16 7 0 1
2014 WCx 5/ 1 15.8 11-22 .500 0-1 .000 4-4 1.000 12/ 2.4 26/5.2 18 6 0 2
2012 OLY 8/ 0 17.4 24-45 .533 0-4 .000 16- 19 .842 23/ 2.9 64/8.0 19 9 0 8
2012 OLYx 5/ 2 20.4 23-37 .622 0-1 .000 9- 14 .643 17/ 3.4 55/11.0 17 10 2 3
2010 WC 9/ 0 18.4 19-39 .487 1-5 .200 14- 21 .667 19/ 2.1 53/5.9 14 12 1 12
2010 WCx 4/ 2 14.5 16-19 .842 2-2 1.000 2-4 .500 12/ 3.0 36/9.0 9 5 1 3
2008 WNT 2/ 0 24.0 9-18 .500 1-3 .333 5-6 .833 13/ 6.5 24/ 12.0 5 6 0 2
2003 YW 8/ 0 12.0 10-25 .400 3- 13 .231 4-5 .800 11/ 1.4 27/3.4 7 9 0 6
2003 YWX 3/ 0 10.3 4-8 .500 3-4 .750 4-4 1.000 7/ 2.3 15/5.0 6 3 0 2
2002 YWQ 4/ 0 15.0 10-15 .667 2-4 .500 8- 10 .800 7/ 1.8 30/7.5 17 10 0 11
2002 YWQX 2/ 0 15.0 4-7 .571 0-0 .--- 7-8 .875 2/ 1.0 15/7.5 4 4 1 4
Totals 68/ 5 16.2 187-339 .552 12- 39 .308 104-139 .748 163/ 2.4 490/7.2 164 94 5 65

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