Dec. 11, 2016
2016-17 • Redshirt Sophomore Season
Received All-Big Ten Honorable Mention • averaged 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists (fourth in the Big Ten) and 2.2 steals (fifth in the Big Ten) per game • started all 30 games in which she played and scored in double figures 28 times • named Gophers’ Defensive Player of the Year • seventh all-time a single season as a Gopher with 148 assists • average of 4.9 assists per game is ninth best in a single season by a Gopher • tied for ninth place in the single season record books with 142 made free throws • recorded seven games with four steals • scored 20-plus points in six games this season • scored a season-high 24 points on two occasions: at VCU (11/15) and against Michigan State (1/30) • her 24 points at VCU gave her the highest-scoring Gophers debut in the past 20 years, and she added eight assists • tallied a double-double in second game with Gophers with 10 points and 10 assists against Georgetown (11/18).
Sat out the season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Unanimously selected to the 2014-15 BIG EAST All-Freshman Team after starting 28 games • set a Golden Eagles rookie record and ranked second on the team with an average of 14.5 points per game • also set program freshman records in points (434), field goals (157) and free throws (111) • scored in double figures 25 times, including a season-high 25 points against Northern Kentucky • notched 59 steals, ranking fourth all-time among Marquette freshmen • named the BIG EAST’s freshman of the week four times.
A 2014 graduate of Bloomington Kennedy High School • led the Eagles to a runner-up finish in the 2014 Class AAAA state tournament at Williams Arena and was named to the all-tournament team • Associated Press All-State First Team and Star Tribune All-Metro First Team choice as a senior • Bloomington Kennedy’s 2014 recipient of the Athena Award • averaged 20.5 points per game her senior year • coached by Percy Wade and Quintin Johnson • played AAU ball for North Tartan under coach Gerard Coury.
Daughter of Aishia Bell and Brian Townsend • has nine brothers and seven sisters • three of her brothers play college basketball, and one runs track at Marquette • majoring in communications.
Single Games, Pick-Your-Packs on Sale Oct. 18
A Gopher Score presale for single-game tickets and pick-your-packs will open Oct. 17. Sales open at 9 a.m. both days.
Whalen Inducted into M Club Hall of Fame
The week after winning her fourth WNBA title, the former Gophers guard was honored by her alma mater.
Catching Up with Jessie
The Golden Gophers senior from Australia likes what she sees in practice so far this fall.