Seattle Storm forward Tina Thompson, the first overall pick in the inaugural WNBA draft in 1997, announced Friday that she will retire after this season.
The only player to compete in all 17 WNBA seasons to date, the 38-year-old Thompson will end her career as the league’s all-time scoring leader. She currently has 7,018 points.
An eight-time All-Star who was named to the league’s All-Decade Team in 2006, Thompson helped lead the Houston Comets to the first four WNBA titles from 1997 to 2000.
Thompson, who also has played for Los Angeles, called basketball a “safe haven” and said she would always be grateful for her time in the WNBA.
The Storm (0-1) faces Phoenix in its home opener at 6 p.m. Sunday.