James Naismith created basketball in the 19th century. Over 100 years later, Lindsey Whalen came onto the basketball scene in Minnesota as a Golden Gopher and meant nearly as much to the womens game in Minnesota as Naismith meant to the game existing in the first place.
Whalen captivated the sports imagination as a member of the Gophers, leading Minnesota to a Final Four in 2004, and raising the Gophers attendance nearly 9,000 people per game in her time at the "U."
The former Gophers star returned to Minnesota in 2010 as a member of the Lynx, and we'll have Whalen for at least a few more years, according to multiple reports.
Whalen signed a three-year contract extension today with the Western Conference champion Lynx, who she helped lead to a WNBA Championship in 2011.
Details of the contract weren't available, and Whalen was not available for comment, but experts were very willing to comment, and quite glowingly at that.
The Western Conference-leading Lynx are back to the hardwood tomorrow at Seattle, a 9 p.m. tipoff.