Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Lynx star Lindsay Whalen announces retirement from the WNBA

Lynx star Lindsay Whalen announces retirement from the WNBA

She is about to reset her wins odometer back to zero as she begins her latest endeavor as head coach of the Gophers this fall. She flourished in college, leading the Gophers to their only NCAA Final Four appearance in 2004, before being drafted by the Connecticut Sun.

It's also a story that will end in Minnesota, where she has been a centerpiece to the WNBA's latest dynasty with the Minnesota Lynx since her arrival in 2010.

The 5-foot-9 point guard is Minnesota's career assists leader with 2,337, third all-time in the WNBA behind Seattle's Sue Bird and Ticha Penicheiro, who is retired.

At 1:30 p.m., a news conference will be held at Mayo Clinic Square in downtown Minneapolis, which will be simulcast on Fox Sports North and on NBA TV.

In 2016, she was named to the WNBA's Top 20@20 Team, honoring the league's best 20 players as part of its 20th anniversary celebration.

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Despite the influx of talent, the Lynx struggled in Whalen's first season, finishing 13-21 and out of the playoffs. Whalen also has appeared in 81 playoff games, with averages of 11.7 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.4 rebounds.

And if you're thinking that Whalen just got lucky by playing for good teams, think again.

The Lynx (17-14) have clinched a spot in the playoffs, which begin August 21, but they'll have to win at least one single-elimination game and face a tough road to defend their championship. There are three regular-season games remaining.

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

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. LeBron James even tweeted his congratulations on Monday.

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