MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Lynx star Lindsay Whalen has returned to practice after missing the final 12 games of the regular season with a broken left hand.

Whalen practiced on Wednesday and plans to be ready when the Lynx play in the second round next week. The top-seeded Lynx have a bye in the first round, so Whalen has a week to practice and get back into the flow.

The Lynx went 7-5 without Whalen as Renee Montgomery filled in as the starting point guard. They were 4-5 in the first nine games without her before winning the final three.

Whalen will be back in time for the Lynx to play in Williams Arena, the place she called home in college at the University of Minnesota. The Lynx will play there while Target Center renovations are finished.