Temi Fagbenle Wins WNBA Title With Minnesota Lynx

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

Temi Fagbenle became the first former Harvard women's basketball player to win a WNBA title. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Former Harvard women's basketball star Temi Fagbenle '15 became the first alumna in program history to win a WNBA title.

The Minnesota Lynx defeated the Los Angeles Sparks in a deciding game 5 of the WNBA Finals, 85-76, in front its home crowd at Williams Arena. The Lynx had earned the top overall seed and a bye through the first two rounds of the WNBA Playoffs with their impressive 27-7 record. Fagbenle saw action in two games during Minnesota's playoff run, averaging two points per game.

In April, Fagbenle was drafted 35th by the Minnesota Lynx. During the regular season, she played in 21 games, averaging two points and one rebound a game.

Fagbenle in her final season at Harvard led the Ivy League and ranked 37th in the nation in rebounds by averaging 10.4 per game, as well as adding 14.4 points, 2.0 assists, and 1.0 blocks per game. 

In her career at Harvard, she registered 31 double-doubles, and became the 19th player in Harvard women's basketball history to surpass the 1,000-point mark. Fagbenle also was selected to the 2013-2014 All-Ivy League first team. Fagbenle was the first women's basketball player selected in the WNBA Draft since Allison Feaster '98 who was selected fifth overall by the Los Angeles Sparks.