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Sports world reacts to WNBA guard Lindsay Whalen's retirement announcement

16 August, 2018, 11:11 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen will retire from the WNBA at the conclusion of the 2018 season.

Whalen, 36, has been one of the top players in the WNBA over 15 seasons with the Connecticut Sun and Minnesota Lynx.

The WNBA is losing a true star, but watching Whalen continue to build upon her legacy with the Minnesota women's basketball team is a decent consolation.

"I would like to thank the WNBA, the Connecticut Sun, and the Minnesota Lynx for believing in me all of these years", Whalen said in a prepared statement.

Whalen has appeared in a Final Four, has two Olympic gold medals, and eight total appearances in the WNBA Finals.

Her long, deep list of accomplishments flooded social media upon the official retirement announcement, as did the celebrations and congratulations from all-time greats ranging from LeBron James to Tamika Catchings.

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The Lynx scheduled a news conference with Whalen and coach Cheryl Reeve for Monday afternoon at the team's practice facility. Whalen even picked the August 13 date for the news conference to match her jersey number.

It's a story that begins in Minnesota, where the Hutchison native burst on the scene by leading the University of Minnesota Gophers to their first Final Four in 2004. In the playoffs, Whalen has an additional 335 assists.

Whalen started her professional career with the Connecticut Sun before being acquired by the Lynx in 2010. In her Lynx career, Whalen has appeared in 280 games, averaging 11.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 4.9 apg. Since joining the Lynx, she's helped the team win 71.4 percent of its games, according to the release.

With 322 victories and counting, including 54 in the playoffs, no player in league history has won more games than Whalen over her 15-year career.

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.



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