Lynx Star Lindsay Whalen Announces Retirement from WNBA

Lynx Star Lindsay Whalen Announces Retirement from WNBA

Whalen and the Lynx announced her retirement at the end of the Lynx season, which likely won't end until the postseason.

Four-time WNBA champion Lindsay Whalen announced Monday she will retire at the end of the Minnesota Lynx's season.

By 2011, the Lynx had won their first of four WNBA titles.

In April, the University of Minnesota named Whalen the new women's basketball head coach. She holds the program records for scoring, scoring average, games in double figures, free throws made and free throw percentage.

While the Sun would continue to rack up victories - CT finished below.500 just once during Whalen's six-year run - they would not make it back to the WNBA Finals prior Whalen's departure in 2010 and have not made it there since she's been gone.

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

She also played for two gold medal teams at the World Championships (2010, 2014) and has also won two Olympic gold medals (2012, 2016). "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 flourished in college, leading the Gophers to their only NCAA Final Four appearance in 2004, before being drafted by the Connecticut Sun.

With three games left in the regular season, the Minnesota Lynx have already secured a spot in the WNBA Playoffs. In the playoffs, Whalen has an additional 335 assists. Or how she became the first player in WNBA history to reach 5,000 points, 2,000 assists and 1,500 rebounds - a testament to her longevity and ability to impact multiple facets of the game.

The Lynx (17-14) have clinched a spot in the playoffs, which begin August 21. "I feel so blessed to have been on the sideline and have had a great seat throughout all of that". Lindsay's will to win made her special, along with always putting her team and teammates first.

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