MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Lynx have the best record in the WNBA at 11-4. It’s quite a turnaround from last season. WCCO-TV’s Eric Nelson talked to starting guard Lindsay Whalen this week about her team’s reversal of fortunes on the court.
Whalen’s basketball career has been chalked full of magical moments, and there could be more magic this season if Whalen and the Minnesota Lynx keep up their winning ways in the WNBA.
“You train all year and you practice all year to play in the games and make the stretch run in the playoffs,” Whalen said. “It should be fun.”
It’s hard to believe that Whalen is in her eighth season in the WNBA, and she is having a career year. She’s posting numbers that she’s never put up before.
Whalen averages 14.1 points per game and leads the WNBA in assists, with six per outing. Both numbers are career-highs for Whalen, who recently played in the All-Star Game for the fourth time. She is the consummate point guard, a player who can penetrate, score and find teammates for easy baskets.
“Lindsay Whalen has been playing some great basketball since training camp,” said Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve. “She had an unbelievable training camp. Her mindset is just so impressive right now.”
“She sees the floor well, she’s very aggressive, she can score and she can deliver,” said Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson. “And she also goes out there and plays defense.”
The Lynx have a cluster of stars on their roster. Whalen and the other marquee Minnesota players have found a way to blend their talents together and create on-court cohesion.
“We know we can really feed off each other on any given night,” Whalen said. “We’ve been preaching every day it’s not about yourself, it’s about the team.”