Home Womens jersey Gophers women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen happy to donate # 13 jersey to Gadiva Hubbard – Twin Cities

Gophers women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen happy to donate # 13 jersey to Gadiva Hubbard – Twin Cities

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Lindsay Whalen put her No.13 jersey into circulation last November, but it won’t be in training until Gadiva Hubbard wears it this season.

Hubbard, a sixth year senior who joined the Gophers women’s basketball team before Whalen became the team’s head coach in 2018, will be the first Gophers player to wear the number 13 since Whalen wore it while leading the U to the Final Four in 2004, most likely when the Gophers begin their season Oct. 31 against Minnesota Crookston at Williams Arena.

Hubbard is one of 12 players in the 2021-22 roster returning from a team that went 8-13 overall, 7-11 in the Big Ten in a season shortened by COVID to 2020-21. She averaged 11.1 points and 3.5 rebounds as a junior redshirt before taking the additional season allowed by the NCAA due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic last year.

“I remember hearing ‘Diva say that was her number, and being told she couldn’t wear it. So I said, ‘We’re going to change that,’ ”Whalen said Tuesday after the Gophers’ first practice of the season. “She stayed with me for four years, and it’s a number she wanted to wear.”

Whalen was a three-time All-America player in Minnesota and led the Gophers to Sweet 16 and Final Four appearances. She won four WNBA titles with the Lynx, who officially retired her No. 13 jersey in June 2019. Her No. 13 is one of six “honored” jerseys hanging from the rafters at Williams Arena. The others belong to her former teammate Janel McCarville (4), Rachel Banham (1), Linda Roberts (21), Carol Ann Shudlick (42) and Laura Coenen (44).

Junior point guard Jasmine Powell wears number 4, sophomore point guard Alexi Smith wears number 1 and sophomore guard Caroline Strande wears number 21.

“I like to give (Hubbard) a hard time, like when she makes a good pass and I’ll be like, ‘There was a 13 here… who could make that pass,” Whalen said. “I don’t remember his name. It was too long ago. ”

Hubbard, off guard, missed his entire junior season with a foot injury and missed five games last season with an ankle injury. She’s taking graduate school this season.

“We’ve been here for four years together,” Whalen said. “We’ve been through thick and thin so I couldn’t think of someone better to wear it.”


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