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Gophers extend Lindsay Whalen's contract through 2024 as women's head basketball coach

Minnesota Gophers women's basketball head coach Lindsay Whalen. Photo: KSTP Sports
Minnesota Gophers women's basketball head coach Lindsay Whalen.

Updated: February 14, 2020 04:13 PM

The University of Minnesota announced on Friday head women's basketball coach Lindsay Whalen has agreed to a contract extension that will keep her at her alma matter into 2024.

The extension was made official Friday after being approved at the Board of Regents meeting.

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Whalen had guided Minnesota to a 21-11 record overall while tallying a 9-9 mark in the Big Ten in her first season as head coach last year. Her team also earned a spot in the second round of the WNIT, according to a news release.

Whalen became the fifth coach in program history to lead the team to 20 wins in their first season, and of the 24 rookie head coaches in Division I basketball during the 2018-19 season, no one had more wins or a better win percentage (.656) than Whalen.

Minnesota has gone 36-21 during her tenure.

Under Whalen's tutelage, Kenisha Bell earned honorable mention All-America honors from the AP, was a semifinalist for the 2019 Naismith Women's Defensive Player of the Year Award, garnered consensus First Team All-Big Ten honors from the league's coaches and media and was a member of the All-Big Ten Defensive Team.

In addition, Destiny Pitts was named First Team All-Big Ten by the league's coaches (second team by the media), and Taiye Bello was an All-Big Ten honorable mention honoree, according to a news release.

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