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.
Whalen has appeared in a Final Four, has two Olympic gold medals, and eight total appearances in the WNBA Finals.More news: Idris Elba hints at James Bond role with cryptic social media message
It's also a story that will end in Minnesota, where she has been a centerpiece to the WNBA's latest dynasty with the Minnesota Lynx since her arrival in 2010. She agreed to return for one more year with her friends on the league's longest-lasting dynasty, one more summer of inspiring all those basketball-loving girls around the state and beyond. "How much more can I give?'" Whalen said, adding: "Coach reminded me of all the unbelievable times you have with your teammates".
The gritty point guard announced her plans on Monday.
Whalen and Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve will hold a press conference at Mayo Clinic Square at 1:30 p.m. Greve is playing in the U.S. Amateur tournament in Pebble Beach, California.More news: Rival Korean leaders to meet in Pyongyang in September
Her jersey, No. 13, hangs in the rafters of Williams Arena, the university's basketball venue.
Growing up in Hutchinson, a small town about 60 miles west of Minneapolis, Whalen became a wizard on the hardwood with a quick step to the basket, a smooth jump shot and a steely gaze that always meant business on the court. She led the program to its first Final Four appearance. Her peak season was 2013, when she averaged 14.9 points, 5.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds as the Lynx won the WNBA title.
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Whalen will walk away as the WNBA's all-time wins leader, racking up 322 career victories, including 54 in the postseason, which ranks second all-time behind teammate Rebekkah Brunson (57).