Lindsay Whalen of Minnesota Lynx announces retirement at end of season

Tanya Simon
August 17, 2018

Minnesota Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen, a four-time WNBA champion, announced Monday she will retire at season's end after 15 years in the league. In April of this year, Whalen was named the new head coach of her alma mater after Marlene Stollings left for the job at Texas Tech.

"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. According to the Star Tribune, the Lynx have won 71.4 percent of their games since Whalen was traded to Minnesota from the Connecticut Sun in 2010. "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". "I will always cherish the times we spent together over the last eight years bringing championships to her home state of Minnesota".

When asked about her legacy as she prepares to walk away after 15 WNBA seasons, Whalen demurred - and not just because that's the Minnesotan thing to do.

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.

Whalen has averaged 11.5 points, 4.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds in her WNBA career, having appeared in 477 regular-season games.

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The gritty guard will finish her career as the Lynx leader in assists and fourth-leading scorer.

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

The Lynx (17-14) have clinched a spot in the playoffs, which begin August 21.

While Whalen's talent and on-court toughness made her a WNBA All-Star, there are also intangibles that contributed to her success.

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

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