Whalen Scores Nine as USA Basketball Defeats Croatia to Open Olympics

Go Gophers! Lindsay Whalen had nine points in USA's win over Croatia.
Go Gophers!
Lindsay Whalen had nine points in USA's win over Croatia.
Go Gophers!

July 29, 2012

Former University of Minnesota women's basketball standout Lindsay Whalen scored nine points Saturday as the USA women's basketball team defeated Croatia, 81-56, in its first game of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Park Basketball Arena in London, England.

Whalen scored her nine points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor and 1-of-2 from the free throw line, while she also contributed two assists and two rebounds in 19 minutes of work.

Though it does not appear in the final boxscore, Whalen was a significant role player in USA's third quarter surge. USA led by only three points at halftime, and Croatia was able to even the score, 36-36, with just under six minute remaining in the third quarter, but Whalen, along with her Minnesota Lynx teammate Maya Moore, came in to spark some life into Team USA and helped send the Americans into the fourth quarter with a six-point lead.

USA would go on to put together a 16-0 run to pull away from Croatia and secure its first win of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Whalen and USA are set to take on Angola Monday afternoon beginning at 4:15 p.m.