Whalen earns national honors

Aaron Blake

Minnesota women’s basketball guard Lindsay Whalen was named both a second-team All-American by the Associated Press and a Kodak All-American late last week.

The junior from Hutchinson, Minn., could not defend her 2001-02 Big Ten player of the year award in early March, but still posted similar numbers to her best-in-conference season.

Whalen averaged 20.6 points, 6.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game this season for the Gophers, who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.

Last year, Whalen was named a third-team All-American and failed to make the 10-player Kodak squad.

She is the first Gopher since Carol Ann Shudlick to earn back-to-back All-America honors. Shudlick, who had her number retired by Minnesota this season, was an All-American in 1992-93 and 1993-94.

With 1,731 points heading into her senior year, Whalen needs just 366 to catch Shudlick for the all-time school record.