At their regular meeting this week, the Hutchinson School Board resolved to dedicate the newly renovated gymnasium at Hutchinson High School as the “Whalen Gymnasium” in honor of Minnesota basketball legend Lindsay Whalen.
Whalen graduated from Hutchinson in 2000.
The public dedication ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 6:30pm in the HHS gymnasium.
One of the most decorated players in women’s basketball history, Whalen began her basketball career in Hutchinson, leading the Tigers to three consecutive Missota conference championships while earning personal recognition as a four-time all-conference selection. She holds the all-time HHS basketball scoring record with 1,996 points, and her No. 13 jersey has been retired by the school. Whalen also participated in tennis and track and field for the Tigers.
Upon graduating from HHS in 2000, Whalen accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of Minnesota. There, she was the first three-time All-American in program history, a three-time All-Big Ten selection, and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. After a Sweet Sixteen appearance her junior season (2002-03), Whalen led the Gophers to their only Final Four in program history in 2004. She finished her Gophers career first in all-time points scored, second in all-time assists, and third in all-time steals. Her No. 13 jersey hangs in the rafters of Williams Arena.
Whalen was selected fourth-overall in the 2004 WNBA draft by the Connecticut Sun, where she played six seasons. Traded to her hometown Minnesota Lynx in 2010, Whalen led the Lynx to four WNBA championships (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) and was personally named All-WNBA five times. She retired third in all-time regular season assists, first in all-time playoff points scored, and third in all-time playoff assists. Whalen also has the distinction of being the winningest player in WNBA history (325).
Representing the United States in international competition, Whalen owns two Olympic gold medals (2012, 2016) and two world championship medals (2010, 2014).