Lynx’s Lindsay Whalen Says She’ll Retire From WNBA After 2018 Season

Lynx Star Lindsay Whalen Announces Retirement from WNBA

Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen retiring from WNBA at end of 2018 season

Lindsay Whalen is calling it a career at the end of the 2018 WNBA season.

Of course, when discussing the end of Whalen's career, we must specify that it is only her playing career that is coming to a close.

Whalen isn't leaving basketball, as she will still be the head coach of the University of Minnesota women's basketball team.

BC-BKL-Lynx-Whalen, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 714Lynx star, Minnesota legend: Whalen to retire from WNBAAP Photo MNMIT901Eds: Updates with details, quotes from news conference. Whalen also ranks third in WNBA history in assists, trailing only Sue Bird and Ticha Penicheiro.

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With such a long and distinguished career as a player, there's a litany of statistics to illustrate the impact she had on the court.

Whalen has averaged 11.5 points, 4.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds in her WNBA career, having appeared in 477 regular-season games. Whalen made the All-WNBA First Team three times and the Second Team twice. But there is really one stat that encapsulates Lindsay Whalen best. With 322 victories and counting, no player in league history has won more games.

"I would like to announce that after 15 seasons in the WNBA I am going to retire after the 2018 season", "I would like to thank the WNBA, the Connecticut Sun, and the Minnesota Lynx for believing in me all of these years".

It took all of one game for Whalen to earn the starting point guard role for the Sun as a rookie. In Janurary 2010, she was traded to Minnesota, her home state. She led the Gophers to their only Final Four in 2004.

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The Lynx have already clinched a spot in the WNBA playoffs, which begin on August 21. Those are two big accomplishments that point to her ability to make her teammates better.

"I don't know if you could have written a better story, a better script ... and I feel so blessed to have been on the sideline and have had a great seat to all of that", Reeve said. Brunson was a member of the Monarchs team that defeated Whalen's Sun during the 2005 Finals.

The four-time WNBA champion has built up quite the resume over 14 years in the league. 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.

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