Whalen Helps Team USA Win Fifth-Straight Olympic Gold Medal
Aug. 11, 2012
Former University of Minnesota women's basketball standout Lindsay Whalen scored three points and dished out two assists to help the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team win its unprecedented fifth-straight Gold medal Saturday afternoon at the Olympic Park Basketball Arena in London, England.
With its, 86-50, victory over France in the London 2012 Olympic final, Team USA became the first women's team, and just the third team in Olympic history, to win five-consecutive gold medals, while it also improved its Olympic winning streak to 41 games. The Americans have not lost a game since 1992, and have beaten their opponents by an average of 31 points per game during that stretch.
Whalen also became the fifth former or current Gopher to win a medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games and only the second to take home Gold.
While at Minnesota, Whalen was a two-time Wade Trophy and Naismith Award finalist. As a senior, she was named to the Kodak All-America First Team, the USBWA All-America Second Team and the AP All-America Second Team.
The guard led Minnesota to its first Final Four Appearance in 2004, one of three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances for the Golden Gophers, before being selected fourth overall in the 2004 WNBA Draft. She holds Minnesota career records in points, scoring average, games in double figures, free throws made and free throw percentage.