Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier is expecting her first child in May, she announced Sunday on her Instagram account.
Collier, 25, was part of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic team this past summer. The former UConn All-American was the No. 6 pick in 2019, and was the WNBA's Rookie of the Year that season.
This past season, she averaged 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks while playing a league-high 34.6 minutes per game for the Lynx.
Collier and her fiancé, Alex Bazzell, have learned the baby is a girl. Bazzell is a trainer for Collier and other WNBA and NBA players, including the Chicago Sky's Candace Parker.
"Having a child is truly a beautiful journey, and I am grateful to have the support of our families, friends and the Lynx as I begin this special chapter of motherhood," Collier said in a statement.
The WNBA season typically begins in May. Collier did not indicate whether she hopes to play during the 2022 season.
"On behalf of Lynx players, coaches and staff, I want to share our heartfelt congratulations to Napheesa, Alex and their families," Lynx coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said in a statement. "We are eager to support Phee through this exciting journey and look forward to welcoming the newest addition to our Lynx family. Being a parent is an exceptional joy and we wish Phee a healthy pregnancy."