Guest List Should Read: Linds & Losses
I.D. Please: All-Star Point Guard of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream; 28
VIP Status: In her first season with the Atlanta Dream, Harding seized the PG reins and drove her new squad into the 2011 Finals. Only the second Duke University alum to have her jersey retired, the 5’7” pro co-produced ATL’s most successful year by leading them in assists (3.5 per) and finishing second in points (12.9 points).
“I consider myself one of the best at my position,” says Harding. “Atlanta needed a stronger point guard, and that’s what they did—traded a lot to bring me to Atlanta.”
Invited By: Marynell Meadors (Head Coach of Atlanta Dream): “Lindsey was involved in last year’s [Playoffs as a Dream player] for the first year and was very instrumental to our success; that’s when she really started coming on strong. She won some big games for us last year, especially in the last half of the season.”
Arrival: “In 2007, when the WNBA president came on, announced and said my name, it was like a dream come true,” says Harding. “All the hard work and sacrificing I’ve done as a kid—when my friends were going on vacation and I was going to basketball tournaments—got me the opportunity to not just play in the WNBA but around the world as well.”
Plus 1: Brittney Griner
“She’s probably 6’9” [and] can dunk the ball anytime. She’s going to help continue to change the game and make it more athletic.”