As a player, Lindsay Whalen led the Gopher women’s basketball team to its only Final Four appearance in 2004. The talented point guard and team leader attracted thousands of new fans and filled arenas. She had the same effect when she joined the Minnesota Lynx, where she was part of four WNBA championships. Whalen, a two-time Olympic gold-medal winner, has been responsible for generating interest in women’s basketball in Minnesota. Retiring as a professional player after 15 years, Whalen became the new Gophers coach with high expectations of returning the Gophers to the Final Four.