Lindsay Whalen, an absolutely legendary player for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, plans on retiring from the WNBA after the 2018 season.
“I would like to announced that after 15 seasons in the WNBA I am going to retire after the 2018 season,” Whalen said in a statement. “I would like to thank the WNBA, the Connecticut Sun, and the Minnesota Lynx for believing in me all these years. 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.”
The Minnesota Golden Gophers program rose to national prominence during the Whalen era. To summarize her impact in the most baseline way possible, the attendance for games was slightly over 1,000 prior to her arrival on campus, but then grew to nearly 10,000 by the time she left.
Getting lost in the announcement shuffle is that Whalen was actually named the new head coach of the Gophers back in April. She’s still going to be very much involved with the game.
Lindsay Whalen holds several program records, including all-time points scored, scoring average, games in double figures, and a dozen or so others revolving around her incredible efficiency from the floor and charity stripe.
The fourth overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft, she’s a four-time league champion and a five-time all-star.
One of the best players to have ever played the game, Whalen’s professional stops began with the Connecticut Sun and will end with the Minnesota Lynx. She also had several stints player for other professional teams abroad, especially when those leagues offered women better pay than the WNBA.
Luckily for fans, the Lynx have clinched a playoff stop, providing them with one last chance to see Whalen shine before she moves on from playing.
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