Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier expecting first child in May

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."