Hitting the Hardwood | Whalen Hopes Milestone Inspires Others

Mitchell Hansen
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Minnesota Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen became the WNBA’s all-time winningest player last Friday in Minnesota’s win over the Washington Mystics.

The victory gave her win No. 295, surpassing Swin Cash (294) on the all-time list. Following Sunday’s win over Dallas, Whalen now stands at 296 career wins.

Congrats to my girl @lindsaywhalen on passing me & becoming winningest player in @wnba history with 295 career wins & counting! Like my momma said to me Whay …. "They may call you different names just make sure they call you a WINNER" 😉😘…Salute to a real one 🙌🏾 #wnba #blessed

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The accomplishment by Whalen is impressive enough in itself. But her reaction and response to reaching the milestone is perhaps even more impressive.

Following win No. 295, Whalen was asked how it felt to be the league’s new all-time leader in wins.

Her response wasn’t about giving praise to herself as an individual. Rather, she thanked her teammates and coaches for helping her reach the milestone and her family and friends for their support along the way.

“It feels great to do it with this great team and great organization that’s always given us so much support,” Whalen said after Friday’s win. “We’ve had a great run together here and to have the most ever is pretty cool. It kind of hits you a little, because it’s been so fun to do it all these years. To say you have the most ever is pretty cool but it’s a team award. That’s first and foremost. I’m happy I can do it as a Lynx.”

On Sunday, the 14-year point guard and Hutchinson, Minn. native went to Twitter to thank everyone for the outpouring of support.

She also offered up some advice in hopes of inspiring the next generation of basketball players to go accomplish their dreams like Whalen was able to do in 2004 when she was drafted into the WNBA.

“One day you’re a 9th grade kid biking to open gym at your high school and the next your a professional athlete going to a game in D.C.,” Whalen said in a series of tweets on Saturday.

“I look forward to the day when this record is broken by some little girl who puts even more heart and soul into the game than me. . . You never know where this sport might take you. I am living proof of that!”

With Whalen, it’s never been just about herself, it’s always about others. Her family, her friends, her teammates, her coaches and the next generation of basketball players. It’s truly a display of class at one of the highest levels.

Becoming the all-time winningest player in WNBA history is an impressive accomplishment, no doubt. But the way Whalen handled herself after the accomplishment – a way she has carried herself for most of her life, really – is even more impressive.

Lynx Begin Homestand Saturday

After being on the road for three straight games, Minnesota kicks off a three-game homestand on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Lynx host the Connecticut Sun at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. Paul in the first game of the three-game homestand. The game will be aired on Fox Sports North Plus and 106.1 BOB FM.

Minnesota then wraps up the homestand with games against the Washington Mystics on June 23 and the San Antonio Stars on June 25.