WNBA Great Lindsay Whalen to Retire


On Monday, Whalen announced that she will retire at the end of the 2018 season - her 15th in the WNBA.

"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".

She holds the single-season franchise record for assists (199 in 2011) and the franchise mark for most assists in a single game (14 vs. Los Angeles on September 4, 2013).

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

Whalen racked up 322 victories during her WNBA career with 54 of them in the postseason.

On Sunday, Whalen came off the bench for the first time since her first game in the WNBA, in 2004.

Whalen's legendary career garnered praise from other basketball greats, including Rebecca Lobo and LeBron James.

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Whalen, 36, was drafted by the Connecticut Sun with the No. 4 overall pick after leading the Gophers to the 2004 Women's Final Four.

Earlier this year, Whalen, a former star at Hutchinson (Minn.) High School, was named the new head coach of the University of Minnesota Gophers women's basketball team.

On Jan. 12, 2010, the Sun and Lynx executed a trade that sent Lindsay Whalen back home.

She's already started the next stage, after all, as the head coach at her alma mater. She ranks as the franchise leader in assists, while ranking second in games played and fourth in scoring. And since then, Minnesota has made the WNBA Finals six times, winning four titles.

The Lynx scheduled a news conference with Whalen and coach Cheryl Reeve for Monday afternoon at the team's practice facility. There's the 2,334 assists (3rd all-time), 5,501 points (14th all-time), 496 steals (14th all-time) and 1,807 rebounds (27th all-time).

The Lynx have already qualified for a spot in this year's playoffs and have three more regular season games left on their schedule.