"Timeline Tuesday": Whalen's Gophers Advance to Final Four

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Lindsay Whalen Final FourEach Tuesday throughout the summer on the official Minnesota Gophers Facebook page (be sure to "like" us if you don't already) we'll be highlighting a great moment in Gopher history to help populate our Facebook Timeline.

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March 30, 2004: Lindsay Whalen and the Gopher women's basketball team stuns top-seeded Duke 82-75 to advance to the Final Four.

Lindsay Whalen was already a Minnesota icon before March 30, 2004. Yet that was the night she solidified her place among the all-time greats in Gopher lore.

The Hutchinson native's 27 points (to go along with 20 and 18 rebounds from teammate Janel McCarville) capped one of the more improbable Final Four runs in women's NCAA history -- the Gophers rolled past the first, second and third-seeded teams in the Midwest Regional that season before falling to UConn in the semifinal.

"Coach Borton said the most aggressive team was going to win and that's the way we've played all year," Whalen said after the game. "Tonight we just got a few things to go for us and we just played loose and played together."

The performance earned Whalen's Gophers a banner in Williams Arena -- and a lasting place in the memories of Gopher fans for years to come.

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