Monday, 24 September, 2018

Lynx star Lindsay Whalen announces retirement from the WNBA

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Sidney Guerrero | 16 August, 2018, 09:24

On Monday morning, former Connecticut Sun point guard Lindsay Whalen announced her plans to retire at the end of the season.

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

She has already begun writing the next chapter in her basketball life as she was named head coach of the women's basketball program at her alma mater back in April.

Whalen, a four-time WNBA champion, was selected fourth overall by the Sun in the 2004 draft. "It's something that I'm definitely honored to be a part of and really proud of - hopefully for a lot of years Lynx and Gophers can keep that going".

The 36-year-old Whalen is a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Whalen has won five WNBA championships - all with the Lynx - and will retire with the most wins of any player in WNBA history.

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Her retirement wasn't entirely unexpected.

The Lynx scheduled a news conference with Whalen and coach Cheryl Reeve for Monday afternoon at the team's practice facility.

She's retiring as the WNBA's all-time wins leader with 322. She ranks third on the WNBA's career assists list, trailing only Sue Bird and Ticha Penicheiro.

Despite the influx of talent, the Lynx struggled in Whalen's first season, finishing 13-21 and out of the playoffs.

Before that happens, she will look to lead the Lynx toward an unprecedented fifth WNBA championship this September, which would be the ultimate icing on her retirement cake.

The Lynx have already clinched a spot in the WNBA playoffs, which begin on August 21.

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