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Former Dallas Wings guard Erin Phillips announces retirement from WNBA

Former Dallas Wings guard Erin Phillips announced her retirement from the WNBA on Sunday.

In an article with AdelaideNow.com, the guard announced her retirement, where she said she plans to spend more time with her family in McKinney, located just outside of Dallas. She also said she will possibly continue her Australian-rules football career.

“After nine years, two titles and some great memories playing in the WNBA, I’ve now got the opportunity to start the next stage of my professional career in sport,” Phillips said. “I’ve loved every minute of my time with the Wings and want to thank them for their consideration and the professionalism they have shown throughout the process.”

Phillips played one season in Dallas, where she averaged 4.7 points, 1.2 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 32 games, 12 of which were starts. On Thursday, she was cut by the Wings, who currently five other guards on their roster, including Skylar Diggins-Smith and rookies Allisha Gray and Kaela Davis.

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According to the paper, Phillips is expected to return to Adelaide for Crows training in November.

“Erin is a fantastic leader who has made an immense impact across women’s sport, including the WNBA and AFLW,” Crows women’s coach Bec Goddard said. “On behalf of the club we congratulate her on her successful time with the WNBA and thank the Dallas Wings for supporting her as she followed her dream to play football professionally.

“We’re looking forward to Erin returning to Adelaide in November and the physical break will no doubt benefit her body, allowing her to focus on potential future commitments with the Opals as well as the AFLW.’’

Phillips was also a two-time champion in the WNBA, as she won titles with both the Phoenix Mercury and Indiana Fever.

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