Connecticut Sun retire Lindsay Whalen’s No. 13

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Because the bulk of her storied WNBA (and basketball-playing) career was in her native state of Minnesota, it may be easy to forget that Lindsay Whalen began her career in Connecticut with the Sun.

But before she began bringing WNBA titles to the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Whalen spent the first few seasons of her career in the Constitution State.

Her contributions to the Sun organization and the WNBA were recognized when her No. 13 was retired and raised to the rafters of Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.

Whalen was drafted fourth overall by the Sun in the 2004 WNBA draft and played in Connecticut from 2004-09. The Sun advanced to the WNBA Finals in Whalen’s first two seasons in the league.

As for the current Sun participants, playoff-bound Connecticut came from behind at home to defeat the Las Vegas Aces by a final of 89-85 in what could be a Finals preview.

Alyssa Thomas (27) and Courtney Williams (24) combined for 51 of the Sun’s 89 points. Jonquel Jones also had nine rebounds and Thomas brought in 12. Jasmine Thomas also sent out eight assists and Williams dished out six.

For Vegas, Liz Cambage finished with 18 points, A’ja Wilson chimed in with 17 and Kayla McBride added 10. Dearica Hamby contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds.

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