40 Minutes from History

When the Lynx hit the floor on Friday night against the Washington Mystics, there will be one player on the floor that is 40 minutes away from WNBA history and a pretty impressive record. Lindsay Whalen is ONE win away from becoming the All Time WNBA leader in career wins! As of right now is she tied at 294 career wins with Swin Cash but if the Lynx can win their 8th straight game on Friday in DC, well then Lindsay Whalen will be all alone in first place with 295 career wins? Think about that for a second will you 295 WINS..

  1. 294 Lindsay Whalen & Swin Cash
  2. 291 DeLisha Miltion- Jones
  3. 286 Tina Thompson
  4. 263 Rebekkah Brunson & Tamika Catchings
  5. 254 Taj McWilliams- Franklin
  6. 250 Sue Bird & Katie Smith

Lindsay Whalen was drafted to the Connecticut Sun out of Minnesota in 2004 after she lead the Golden Gophers to a miracle run to the Final Four when her Gophers knocked off the #1 ranked Duke Blue devils in the Elite Eight game.

It took Mike Thibault one game to figure that he had his next starting point guard in Whalen. After not starting the first game of the 2004 season, she then went on to start the last 30 games of the season. So in her rookie season she started 30 of 31 games which isn’t bad at all for a rookie on a team that went to the WNBA Finals, and she was a big reason why. In the 2005 season Whalen started all 34 games for the Sun  and her team returned to the WNBA Finals, yet came up short for the second time in as many season.  As her second season in the WNBA ended Whalen had racked up 44 wins.

Time to fast forward to June of 2017 as Whalen is 40 minutes away from becoming the All-time career leader in the WNBA. It’s  coming full circle as Mike Thibault is now the head coach of the Washington Mystics, Whalen’s head coach for her first 9 years in the WNBA. How fitting would it be if she wins her 295th game against her former coach and still good friend Coach T.

Here is a look at how Whalen has collected 294 wins

  • 2004 : 18 wins (5 playoff wins)
  • 2005: 26 wins (5 playoff wins)
  • 2006: 26 wins (2 playoff wins)
  • 2007: 18 wins (1 playoff wins)
  • 2008: 21 wins (1playoff wins)
  • 2009: 16 wins
  • 2010: 13 wins (1st season as a Minnesota Lynx)
  • 2011 : 27 wins (7 playoff wins)
  • 2012 : 27 wins ( 5 playoff wins)
  • 2013: 26 wins (7 playoff wins)
  • 2014: 25 wins (3 playoff wins)
  • 2015: 22 wins (7 playoff wins)
  • 2016 : 28 wins (5 playoff wins)
  • 2017 : 7 wins
  • 294 wins in 432 career games
  • 294-139 career record
  • 68 % win percentage

 

 

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