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

Doug Mendoza
August 16, 2018

The Minnesota Lynx guard announced that she would be retiring at the conclusion of this season.

Whalen isn't leaving basketball, as she will still be the head coach of the University of Minnesota women's basketball team. 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.

Whalen starred for the Gophers from 2000-2004 and holds the University of Minnesota's career records in points, scoring average, games in double figures, free throws made and free throw percentage. "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".

She also played for two gold medal teams at the World Championships (2010, 2014) and has also won two Olympic gold medals (2012, 2016).

Her legacy in Minnesota has long ago been established, as a native of Hutchinson, leading the Gophers to their only Final Four in 2004. She ranks third on the WNBA's career assists list, trailing only Sue Bird and Ticha Penicheiro.

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Whalen got to end last season on her college home court, Williams Arena, winning a championship in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals.

The Lynx are 200-80 in the regular season since Whalen arrived, having only missed the playoffs once. After coming off the bench in her WNBA debut, Whalen began a streak of 475 straight starts; a streak that just ended during Minnesota's loss to Seattle on Sunday as Whalen came off the bench for the first time as a Lynx on the eve of her retirement announcement.

"I feel so fortunate to have been on the sidelines for so many of her wins", Lynx coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said.

The Lynx (17-14) have clinched a spot in the playoffs, which begin August 21. Lindsay's will to win made her special, along with always putting her team and teammates first.

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