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Women’s Final Four: a look back with Lindsay Whalen

Lindsay Whalen


The semifinals are set for Sunday, and the championship game next Tuesday — in between the Division II and III title games will also be played on Monday. I hit the road, a 700-plus mile trek to this year’s Women’s Final Four in Indianapolis for the first time in a dozen years. It was 2004, a was a magical, unforgettable time for both the longest tenured beat reporter and the Gophers women’s team on their first trek to that year’s Final Four in New Orleans. But actually it began a season earlier in Stanford, California. It was our first time on the West Coast campus and I witnessed first-hand a Herman’s Hermits hush all over Maples Pavilion when Minnesota smashed the third-seeded, favored host Cardinal in a NCAA second round game. Some called it an upset, but an 8-0 run in the game’s final five minutes sealed the victory, and the Gophers advanced to the school’s first Sweet 16 appearance. Continue Reading →

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