Minnesota star Whalen to retire

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- Minnesota Lynx star Lindsay Whalen announced Monday she will retire from the WNBA at the end of the 2018 season.

"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 statement.

She's already started the next stage, after all, as the head coach at her alma mater.

After a season of juggling double duty between playing for the Lynx and preparing for her first season as coach of the Gophers, Whalen is ready to make the transition to full-time coach.

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

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.

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Her retirement wasn't entirely unexpected.

Whalen is expected to discuss her retirement at a press conference Monday.

Whalen led the Gophers to their only Final Four in program history in 2004, where the team lost to the University of CT. 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.

Outside of that, the two have been part of the core four that has won the title every other year since 2011 as the Lynx matched the Houston Comets as the only franchise with four WNBA championships. "I feel so blessed to have been on the sideline and have had a great seat throughout all of that".

Whalen is Minnesota's career assists leader with 2,337, which places her third all-time in the WNBA behind Sue Bird and Ticha Penicheiro. She's also a four-time WNBA champion.

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