Whalen out at least a month with broken hand

by Dan Miller

Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota’s women’s basketball team’s senior captain and leading scorer this season, will be out a minimum of four weeks after breaking two bones in her right hand Thursday night.

Whalen, the Gophers’ all-time leading scorer with 2,186 points, has started 106 consecutive games and played in108 total games.

Late in the first half of the Gophers 75-57 loss to Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, Whalen went for a loose ball and came down hard on her wrist, breaking two metacarpal bones. Whalen had X-rays taken Friday morning.

The likelihood, team officials said, is that the injury will take six weeks to heal and four weeks would be a “bonus healing” time.

Six weeks would put the Gophers past the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, if they should get that far.

“Right now the best thing we can do is prepare for the worst,” Whalen said.

And that worst case scenario would be that Whalen played her last game in a Minnesota uniform Thursday night.

The injury will be re-evaluated on a weekly basis.