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Another hall of fame nod for Gophers’ Lindsay Whalen

In September, Whalen was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

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University of Minnesota coach Lindsay Whalen will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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ST. PAUL -- The plaudits are piling up for Lindsay Whalen.

The University of Minnesota women’s basketball coach who led Minnesota to a Final Four and won four WNBA championships with the Minnesota Lynx, will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn., officials announced Monday.

The induction class is a who’s who of women’s athletics: Whalen, Carolyn Peck, Cathy Boswell, Donna Lopiano and Lisa Mattingly.

In September, Whalen was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

A four-time all-state selection at Hutchinson High School, Whalen finished as Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer (2,285 points) before being surpassed by Rachel Banham (3,093) in 2016. She led the Gophers to three NCAA tournament appearances, twice advancing to the Sweet Sixteen and once to the program’s only Final Four as a No. 7 seed. The team’s success raised the popularity of women’s basketball to new levels in the state — helping Minnesota sell out Williams Arena after moving from the smaller Pavilion.

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Whalen was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 WNBA draft after starting four seasons as the Gophers’ point guard. She won four championships with the Minnesota Lynx before retiring to coach at her alma mater in 2017.

At Minnesota, she was the Gophers’ leading scorer all four of her seasons and led the team in assists three times.

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