MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Ten years after they began a collegiate season that led them to the NCAA Final Four as stars for the University of Minnesota, former Gopher women's basketball standouts Lindsay Whalen and Janel McCarville have finally won a title together.
Thursday night in Atlanta, the duo combined for 25 points and nine assists, as their Minnesota Lynx defeated the Atlanta Dream, 86-77, to sweep the series and win its second WNBA crown in three years.
Whalen scored 15 points, dished out six assists and grabbed three rebounds, while McCarville added 10 points, three assists, two steals and a pair of boards for the Lynx.
Whalen and McCarville also combined for 25 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in the Game 2 victory against the Dream at Target Center. For the WNBA Finals, Whalen averaged 10.7 points, 5.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds, while McCarville averaged 9.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
One of the defining moments of last night's title-clinching win in Atlanta was McCarville's steal, drive and amazing pass between her legs to Rebekkah Brunson on a fast break. That play helped give the Lynx some breathing room during a third-quarter run, allowing McCarville to earn her first WNBA title and give Whalen her second.
Minnesota women's basketball fans were so proud to see Whalen and McCarville walk off the court with their Lynx teammates last night. Congratulations on an amazing feat, 10 years after the incredible season for the Maroon and Gold!