WNBA star Lindsay Whalen to retire

WNBA star Lindsay Whalen to retire

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

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

The first 122 of those wins came during her six-season run with the Connecticut Sun, who drafted Whalen with the fourth pick in the loaded 2004 WNBA Draft.

Whalen has become an iconic figure in Minnesota, and it started at the University of Minnesota, where she was the first three-time All-American in program history, along with a three time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

"There were different times this offseason when I kind of felt like, 'What can I give?"

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Her retirement isn't coming as a huge surprise. In thanking her husband, Ben Greve, Whalen quickly noted his presence on the golf course instead of attending the event at the team's practice facility.

Whalen is expected to discuss her retirement at a press conference Monday. She led the Gophers to the 2004 Women's Final Four, after which she was the No. 4 overall pick in the WNBA draft by the Sun.

In 29 games this season for the Lynx, Whalen is averaging 5.5 points and 3 assists per game.

The 15-year veteran has four WNBA championships, including a 2017 title won over the Los Angeles Sparks. "I feel so blessed to have been on the sideline and have had a great seat throughout all of that".

The Hutchinson native will retire as the WNBA's all-time wins leader, with 322 career victories. She ranks third on the WNBA's career assists list, trailing only Sue Bird and Ticha Penicheiro.

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