Lynx Star Lindsay Whalen Announces Retirement from WNBA

Lynx Star Lindsay Whalen Announces Retirement from WNBA

Whalen played six seasons for CT, helping the Sun reach the 2004 and 2005 WNBA Finals.

Lindsay Whalen, who became basketball royalty as a University of Minnesota star and WNBA champion, will retire from the WNBA at season's end as she takes over as head coach of the U women's team.

The 15-year veteran has four WNBA championships, including a 2017 title won over the Los Angeles Sparks.

Whalen, 36, is set to begin her first season as women's basketball head coach at the University of Minnesota. "I look forward to the next chapter in my basketball career and wish my Lynx coaches and teammates all of the best in the future". She led the Gophers to the 2004 Women's Final Four, after which she was the No. 4 overall pick in the WNBA draft by the Sun.

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The Hutchinson native will retire as the WNBA's all-time wins leader, with 322 career victories.

In 29 games this season for the Lynx, Whalen is averaging 5.5 points and 3 assists per game. Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve held Whalen out against Las Vegas last Thursday, and on Sunday against Seattle Whalen started the game on the bench, the first time she hasn't been in the starting five since her first WNBA game with CT in 2004. Whalen was the first player in WNBA history with 5000 points, 2000 assists and 1500 rebounds and remains one of just six players to collect 3000 points, 1000 rebounds and 1000 assists in her career.

While Whalen's talent and on-court toughness made her a WNBA All-Star, there are also intangibles that contributed to her success. "Lindsay is Minnesota women's basketball and we congratulate her on an incredible WNBA career and look forward to following her in her next endeavor". For the last three years she has led the Lynx Dream Team and has served as the ACES ambassador. Recently, Whalen has partnered with the Lynx Fastbreak Foundation to donate a $2,500 grant to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a cause that she deeply cares about. Whalen also has appeared in 81 playoff games, with averages of 11.7 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.4 rebounds.

Whalen will make her announcement during a news conference Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. KARE 11 will have a crew there to cover it. James points out that of all her accomplishments, her ability to win stands out most. Those are two very big accomplishments that point to her ability to make her teammates better.

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