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WNBA star Lindsay Whalen to retire

Sports world reacts to WNBA guard Lindsay Whalen's retirement announcement Sports world reacts to WNBA guard Lindsay Whalen's retirement announcement
Shannon Reynolds | 16 August, 2018, 11:10

Whalen has won five WNBA championships - all with the Lynx - and will retire with the most wins of any player in WNBA history.

Homegrown point guard and long-time Minnesota Lynx star Lindsay Whalen will announce that she is retiring from professional basketball following the current WNBA season. She has already begun writing the next chapter in her basketball life as she was named head coach of the women's basketball program at her alma mater back in April.

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

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve shed a few tears, but Whalen kept the mood light with a steady stream of her trademark dry-witted quips. But the Hutchinson, Minnesota, native always had a wish to return home, and that happened for 2010 as the Sun traded her to the Lynx in order to get the No. 1 draft pick (Tina Charles) that year.

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Whalen led the Gophers to a berth in the NCAA women's final four as a senior in 2004, and also won two Olympic gold medals as part of Team USA in 2012 and 2016. In her Lynx career, Whalen has appeared in 280 games, averaging 11.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 4.9 apg.

The Lynx are 200-80 in the regular season since Whalen arrived, having only missed the playoffs once.

Whalen, a four-time WNBA champion, was selected fourth overall by the Sun in the 2004 draft. That would be the last time she would miss the WNBA Playoffs as the Lynx have already clinched their eighth straight playoff berth.

A floor general on the court as many of her teammates and fellow competitors would agree, her basketball IQ is top notch and it will certainly come in handy during his next adventure into coaching. Those are two huge accomplishments that point to her ability to make her teammates better.

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