Former UConn star Renee Montgomery retires from WNBA to focus on social justice reform

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Renee Montgomery Minnesota Lynx
Renee Montgomery Minnesota Lynx

Former UConn great and 11-year WNBA veteran Renee Montgomery is hanging up her sneakers and retiring from the game of basketball to focus on social justice reform.

Montgomery opted out of the 2020 WNBA season back in June to help in the fight for social justice, but expected to return to the game at some point. That isn't the case anymore.

“When I opted out in June, I was thinking ‘Alright, I’m gonna hit a little pause button and I’m gonna see what’s going on in the community,’” she said on her Remotely Renee podcast. “I really did not expect that to be my last game, my last anything.

“I just wanted to add to the momentum and it’s rolling right now."

Montgomery played for UConn from 2005-2009, winning an undefeated National Championship with the Huskies in her senior year.

She averaged 13.3 points, 4.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds during her time playing for Geno Auriemma. Those numbers and the championship helped her be selected with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx.

Montgomery would go on to win two WNBA championships with the Lynx in 2015 and 2017 alongside fellow UConn alum and 2009 National Championship teammate Maya Moore.

For her professional career, Montgomery averaged 9.7 points, 3.1 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game over 364 games with the Lynx, Connecticut Sun, Seattle Storm and Atlanta Dream. She was elected an All-Star one time and was the Sixth Woman of the Year in 2012.