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Whalen's game, personality win over fans

Updated: April 3, 2004, 11:34 PM ET
By Eric Adelson | ESPN Magazine

NEW ORLEANS -- So how popular is Minnesota senior guard Lindsay Whalen?

"She is Kevin Garnett in Minnesota," Gophers coach Pam Borton says. "She's just as popular, if not more popular, than a lot of the pro athletes there."

Kevin Garnett? MVP KG? Absolutely.

Put it this way: Big Ticket called the Gophers last week to invite Whalen and her teammates to a Beyonce concert.

Uh, accepting the offer would've been a flagrant rules violation, but you get the point. Lindsay Whalen ...

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