Lynx Star Lindsay Whalen Says She'll Retire At End of Season

Lynette Rowe
August 17, 2018

The Minnesota Lynx guard announced that she would be retiring at the conclusion of this season.

Whalen will play in her final WNBA playoffs this season, as the Lynx have already clinched their spot with a 17-14 record.

The former University of Minnesota star already has her next job lined up, having agreed in April to coach the women's basketball team at her alma mater.

Whalen, a four-time WNBA champion, was selected fourth overall by the Sun in the 2004 draft.

Whalen played six seasons for CT, helping the Sun reach the 2004 and 2005 WNBA Finals. Her résumé includes six All-Star appearances, 13 playoff appearances, eight WNBA Finals appearances, four WNBA championships and Olympic gold medals with Team USA in 2012 and 2016. She ranks third on the WNBA's career assists list, trailing only Sue Bird and Ticha Penicheiro. The woman that put Hutchison, MN on the map and lifted a struggling University of Minnesota women's basketball team to the Final Four would now suit for her home state's WNBA squad. In the playoffs, Whalen has an additional 335 assists.

Whalen made her impending retirement official on Monday at a packed news conference.

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In 29 games this season for the Lynx, Whalen is averaging 5.5 points and 3 assists per game.

"I feel so fortunate to have been on the sidelines for so many of her wins", Lynx coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said.

The all-time WNBA great is not preparing to slow down in her retirement, though. Those are two huge accomplishments that point to her ability to make her teammates better. The Lynx won WNBA titles in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Whalen has earned plenty of hardware for her individual accomplishments but has always been quick to downplay her victories for that of the team.

If history is any indicator expect the wins to pile up fast for Whalen, the Gophers and Minnesota.

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