Lindsay Whalen is 4th pick by WNBA's Connecticut

The Minnesota Lynx had hoped to land Gopher women's basketball standout Lindsay Whalen in today's WNBA Draft. They had dealt center Janell Burse and small forward Sheri Sam to Seattle for the Storm's sixth overall draft pick and forward Amanda Lassiter. The trade gave the Lynx the sixth and seventh (their own pick) overall draft picks with the hopes that they could package the two picks to move up in the draft to grab Whalen. Instead, she was picked fourth overall by the Connecticut Sun.

Lindsay Whalen left Minnesota as its all-time leading scorer, male or female, with 2,285 career points and as a three-time All-American. She helped lead the Gophers to their first-ever Final Four appearance.

Whalen was a WBCA/Kodak All-American and Associated Press Second-Team All-American. She finished second in Big Ten and 11th nationally. Whalen also averaged 5.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists (third in Big Ten) per game.

Whalen returned to the starting lineup in the NCAA tournament game versus UCLA and scored 31 points and dished out a season-high nine assists after missing over five weeks and seven games with a broken hand. She earned her ninth Big Ten Player of the Week honor this year.

The Hutchinson native was expected to be a major attendance draw for the Lynx.

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