Veteran guard Renee Montgomery retires from the WNBA
Renee Montgomery, an eleven-year veteran guard, announced her retirement from the WNBA. The West Virginia native won two WNBA Championships as a member of the Minnesota Lynx in 2015 and 2017. She announced her retirement via social media.
Montgomery, a graduate of UConn, last played for the Atlanta Dream during 2018 and 2019.
“I bought a home in Georgia nine years ago, and I retired as a member of the Atlanta Dream,” Montgomery said. “I’ve always known I wanted to be here, and now I feel intertwined in the Atlanta fabric and culture. Blessed to call this home. True to Atlanta.”
She entered the league as the fourth overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx. She also played for the Connecticut Sun and the Seattle Storm during her career. Overall, she scored 3,534 points and dished out 1,140 assists in 11 seasons, and her 532 career three-pointers made ranks 12th all-time in WNBA history.
“Renee will always have a special place in my heart because she was the very first player to say yes to me as a head coach,” Dream head coach Nicki Collen said. “Her energy, enthusiasm and leadership helped transform the Dream along with her 3-point shot. She prepared the right way and never cheated the game. It is that same work ethic and enthusiasm that will make her a success in everything she does. She bet on herself in the middle of a pandemic and has thrived. I wish her nothing but success in retirement.”
On 6/18/20 I wrote a tweet opting out of the 2020 WNBA season & I talked about how Moments Equal Momentum. Today, on @remotelyrenee I announce my retirement f/ the WNBA, the game I love. One moment last year turned into a movement & the marathon will continue…
Dear Basketball, pic.twitter.com/EF3m4WKnjb
— Renee Montgomery (@ReneeMontgomery) February 9, 2021