Minnesota Lynx star Lindsay Whalen says she’ll retire at end of season

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

Whalen to retire from WNBA at season's end; ready to coach Gophers

"I would like to announce that after 15 seasons in the WNBA I am going to retire after the 2018 season", Whalen said in a release from the team. Whalen is the new head women's basketball coach at her alma mater, the University of Minnesota, taking over the program from Marlene Stollings. All four of her championships came with the Lynx with the first being in 2011, where Whalen - with the help of a supporting cast including then-rookie Maya Moore - helped lead Minnesota to its first WNBA Championship.

Minnesota Lynx star Lindsay Whalen will retire after the WNBA season, ending her stellar 15-year career.

On Jan. 12, 2010, the Sun and Lynx executed a trade that sent Lindsay Whalen back home. "How much more can I give?'" Whalen said, adding: "Coach reminded me of all the wonderful times you have with your teammates".

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Whalen is expected to discuss her retirement at a press conference Monday.

Her jersey, No. 13, hangs in the rafters of Williams Arena, the university's basketball venue.

Her legacy in Minnesota has long ago been established, as a native of Hutchinson, leading the Gophers to their only Final Four in 2004. The Lynx delighted their fan base, made up of numerous same families who flocked to Williams Arena to watch Whalen years earlier, by acquiring her in a trade before the 2010 season.

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

"I don't know that you could write a better story, a better script, and it couldn't have happened to a better person", Reeve said. And Brunson is the only player in WNBA history with more playoff wins than Whalen (57-54) and more championships (5-4) as she is the only member of the five-title club. She has appeared in six All-Star games and won two Olympic gold medals. She ranks as the franchise leader in assists, while ranking second in games played and fourth in scoring. During the league's 20th anniversary celebration in 2016, Whalen was named one of the top 20 players of all time. "Everyone wants to be a part of Lindsay Whalen". In the playoffs, Whalen has an additional 335 assists.

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

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