Sylvia Fowles

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Sylvia Fowles
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Fowles in 2022
Personal information
Born (1985-10-06) October 6, 1985 (age 38)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Gulliver Preparatory
(Coral Gables, Florida)
College LSU (2004–2008)
WNBA draft 2008: 1st round, 2nd overall pick
Selected by the Chicago Sky
Playing career2008–2022
Position Center
Career history
20082014 Chicago Sky
2008–2010 Spartak Moscow
2010–2013 Galatasaray Medical Park
2013–2015 Shanghai Swordfish
2015Canik Belediyesi
2015–2018 Beijing Great Wall
20152022 Minnesota Lynx
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com
Medals
Representing the Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2008 Beijing Team
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2012 London Team
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2020 Tokyo Team
World Championship
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2010 Czech Republic

Sylvia Shaqueria Fowles (born October 6, 1985) is an American former professional basketball player. Fowles played for the Chicago Sky and Minnesota Lynx during her WNBA career. She won the WNBA MVP Award in 2017 and the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year award four times (2011, 2013, 2016, 2021). She led the Lynx to win the WNBA Championship in 2015 and 2017, and she was named the MVP of the WNBA Finals both times. In 2020, Fowles overtook Rebekkah Brunson to become the WNBA's career leader in rebounds.

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Early years

Fowles was born in Miami, Florida, the daughter of Arrittio Fowles. She has three brothers, Walter, Jeremy, Morris, and one sister, Dorothy. Fowles grew up in some of the rougher neighbourhoods of Miami-Dade, including Coconut Grove, Little Haiti, and the Victory Home Housing Projects. She attended Little River Elementary School, Horace Mann Middle School, Miami Edison Senior and graduated from Gulliver Preparatory School.

High school career

She also led Edison Senior High School to two state championships before transferring to Gulliver Preparatory School. Fowles averaged 20.6 points and 11.6 rebounds at Gulliver and led them to the class 3A state championship against East Gadsden High School. Fowles was also named a McDonald's All-American. Fowles was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 2004 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored fifteen points, and earned MVP honors. [1]

College career

Fowles (right, #34) pitted against Candace Parker in the opening tipoff of the 2008 NCAA Final Four 2008-W-NCAA-Final-Four-4-07-08.jpg
Fowles (right, #34) pitted against Candace Parker in the opening tipoff of the 2008 NCAA Final Four

Fowles played in all 36 of LSU's games as a freshman, helping the team to an appearance in the NCAA Final Four. As a sophomore, she started all 35 games and again helped the team reach the Final Four. In her junior year, she led LSU to the Final Four again and earned All-American honours.

Fowles was named to the pre-season All-American team prior to her senior season. She dunked the ball in the Lady Tigers' game against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on November 21, 2007, becoming the sixth woman to dunk in an American college game. [2]

In December 2007, Fowles suffered a partial tear of the meniscus of her right knee during a game against the University of Miami. She then underwent surgery and missed several weeks of play. [3]

Fowles was named the 2008 SEC Player of the Year. [4] During a March 24, 2008 NCAA Tournament game, she broke the all-time SEC record for career rebounds. She led LSU to the Final Four again in her senior year.

Fowles finished additional academic credits after beginning her professional basketball career and received her bachelor's degree from LSU in the spring of 2009. [5]

During her college career at LSU, Fowles had also played with future WNBA teammate Seimone Augustus. [6] On May 15, 2017, it was announced that Fowles' uniform number (34) will be retired by LSU during the 2017–18 season. She is the second women's basketball player in school history to receive that honor. [7]

College statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 LSU 36 426 .576 .592 9.0 0.3 1.4 2.8 11.8
2005–06 LSU 35 557 .607.583 11.6 0.3 1.92.115.9
2006–07 LSU 38643.571 .612 12.60.4 1.2 2.116.9
2007–08 LSU 35 608 .584 .61610.3 0.61.5 2.0 17.4
Career 144 2,234 .584 .601 10.9 0.4 1.5 2.2 15.5

Source [8]

WNBA career

Chicago Sky (2008-2014)

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Fowles with the Chicago Sky in 2011

Fowles was selected 2nd overall by the Chicago Sky in the 2008 WNBA draft. After being drafted second overall, Fowles entered the Sky's rotation in the starting lineup and averaged 10.8 points, 7.6 rebounds per game and 2.1 blocks per game in her rookie season. However, her rookie season was shortened due to a knee injury as she played only 17 games with 14 starts. [9]

After establishing herself as a solid inside scorer, tenacious rebounder and elite rim protector in her rookie season, Fowles would earn her first career WNBA all-star selection in 2009. She averaged 11.3 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game and 1.5 blocks per game. However, injuries would once again shorten her season as she missed 10 games. [10] [11]

Fowles dunked on her second attempt during the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game while representing the Eastern Conference after everyone on both teams cleared out of her way. Her first attempt clanged off the bottom of the rim. The game took place on July 25, 2009 at Mohegan Sun, the home of the Connecticut Sun. She is the third WNBA player to dunk in an all star game, following Michelle Snow in 2006 and Lisa Leslie in 2005.

During the 2010 season, Fowles scored a career-high 35 points in a 97–96 loss to the Phoenix Mercury. [12] She had also led the league in blocks with a career-high average of 2.6 blocks per game. For her shot blocking efforts, she would be named to WNBA All-Defensive First Team.

In the 2011 season, Fowles was voted as a WNBA all-star for the second time in her career. She had averaged a double-double in points and rebounds for the whole season with a career-high 20 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game, she also led the league in blocks for the second year in the row, averaging 2.0 blocks per game. She would win WNBA Defensive Player of the Year.

In 2012, Fowles re-signed with the Sky to a multi-year deal once her rookie contract expired. [13]

In the 2014 season, Fowles averaged a double-double in points and rebounds for the fourth consecutive season, which would help the Sky make the playoffs. Fowles eventually would earn her first career Finals appearance as the Sky had advanced all the way to the WNBA Finals despite a 15–19 record and the number four seed in the Eastern Conference. The Sky faced the 29–5 Phoenix Mercury and were defeated in a 3-game sweep. It would be Fowles's final season playing with the Sky.

Minnesota Lynx (2015-2022)

Fowles guarding Candace Parker in 2016. The New York Times says Fowles has "great agility and a spacious wingspan." Fowles Parker. 20161009.jpg
Fowles guarding Candace Parker in 2016. The New York Times says Fowles has "great agility and a spacious wingspan."

Fowles turned down a contract extension offer with the Sky in September 2014. [15] She requested a trade but no trade offers from other teams for her had been sufficient. She sat out the first half of the 2015 WNBA season until she was traded to the Minnesota Lynx on July 27, 2015 as part of a three-team deal that sent Érika de Souza to the Sky and Damiris Dantas and Reshanda Gray to the Atlanta Dream. Joining forces with Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen, the Lynx were a powerhouse in the Western Conference, finishing first place and advancing all the way to the WNBA Finals, facing the Indiana Fever. With the series tied 2–2 in the decisive game 5, Fowles proved to be relentless against the Fever, scoring 20 points along with 11 rebounds in a 69–52 victory. She was named the WNBA Finals MVP as the Lynx won their third WNBA Championship in five years. [16] [17]

Following her first WNBA Championship victory, Fowles re-signed with the Lynx during free agency in February 2016. [18]

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Fowles and Parker

During the 2016 season, Fowles averaged 13.9 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game and 1.7 blocks per game. She would win Defensive Player of the Year for the third time in her career. The Lynx remained a championship contending team, finishing with a franchise best 28–6 record. With the WNBA's new playoff format in effect, the Lynx were the number 1 seed in the league with a double-bye to the semi-finals (the last round before the WNBA Finals) facing the Phoenix Mercury. The Lynx defeated the Mercury in a 3-game sweep, advancing to the WNBA Finals for the fifth time in six years. The Lynx were up against the Los Angeles Sparks, making it the second time in league history where two teams from the same conference faced each other in the Finals due to the new playoff format. However, the Lynx were defeated by the Sparks in a hard-fought five-game series.

In the 2017 season, Fowles would be the focal point of the Lynx's offense, leading the team in scoring. Fowles scored 26 points along with 10 rebounds in the Lynx's season home opener against her former team, the Chicago Sky in a 70–61 victory. [19] On June 11, 2017, Fowles scored a season-high 30 points along with 9 rebounds in a 91–74 victory over the Dallas Wings. [20] Fowles was also voted into the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game, making it her fourth career all-star appearance. On August 12, 2017, the Lynx made history as they defeated the Indiana Fever 111–52, marking it the largest margin of victory in WNBA history, they also exploded on a league record 37-0 scoring run during the game. [21] Fowles finished off the season averaging a double-double in points and rebounds for the fourth time in her career and also led the league in field goal shooting for the fifth time in her career. The Lynx would once again finish with the league's best record of 27–7, earning the number 1 seed with a double-bye to the semi-finals. On September 14, 2017, the WNBA announced that Fowles won the WNBA Most Valuable Player Award (Fowles had received 35 of 40 first-place votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters). [22]

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Fowles and Elena Delle Donne of the Mystics during the 2017 semifinals

In the semi-finals, the Lynx defeated the Washington Mystics in a 3-game sweep, advancing to the WNBA Finals for the sixth time in seven years, setting up a rematch with the Sparks. With the series tied 2-2, Fowles set the Finals record for most rebounds in a game with 20 rebounds along with 17 points in Game 5 of the 2017 WNBA Finals, helping the Lynx win the game 85-76 and their fourth WNBA championship in seven years, tying the now-defunct Houston Comets for most championship titles. Fowles would also win her second Finals MVP award, becoming the fifth player in league history to win regular season MVP and Finals MVP in the same season. [23] [24] [25]

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Fowles in 2019

On May 23, 2018, Fowles put on a historic performance in a 76–68 victory against the Dallas Wings in which scored 23 points along with 20 rebounds and 5 steals, becoming the first player in Lynx franchise history to have a 20-point, 20-rebound performance, secondly making it the 18th in league history and also marking the league's first ever stat line of 20 points, 20 rebounds and 5 steals. [26] [27] [28] Fowles would be voted into the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game, making it her fifth all-star game appearance. On July 19, 2018, Fowles scored a season-high 30 points along with 16 rebounds in an 89–65 win over the Indiana Fever. [29] In 2018, Fowles was chosen All-WNBA second team, Associated Press WNBA Defensive Player of the Year for the 4th time, and she broke the single-season record for rebounds with 404. [30] Fowles would lead the league in field goal percentage and rebounds and tied the record for highest rebound per game average in a season, but the Lynx finished 18–16 with the number 7 seed, making it the first time in 8 years they did not finish as a top 2 seed. They lost in the first round elimination game to the rival Los Angeles Sparks 75–68, ending their streak of three consecutive finals appearances.

In 2019, Fowles was voted into the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game, making it her sixth all-star appearance. On August 27, 2019, Fowles scored a season-high 25 points in a 93–85 victory against the Chicago Sky. [31] On September 8, 2019, Fowles signed a multi-year contract extension with the Lynx. [32] By the end of the season, Fowles led the league in field goal percentage for the third consecutive season. With Maya Moore sitting out the entire season, the Lynx were still a playoff team as they finished as the number 7 seed with a 18–16 record. The Lynx were eliminated in the first round elimination game 84–74 by the defending champion Seattle Storm.

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Sylvia Fowles addresses fans during a tribute to her after her final home game before retiring

In 2020, the season was delayed and shortened to 22 games in a bubble at IMG Academy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 29, 2020, Fowles grabbed her 3,357th career rebound during the second game of the 2020 season to surpass Rebekkah Brunson, who happened to be the assistant coach of the Lynx at the time, and became the WNBA all-time leading rebounder. She finished the game with 15 points and 10 rebounds, bringing her total career rebounds to 3,360. [33] On August 14, 2020, Fowles suffered a calf injury and was ruled out indefinitely, causing her to miss the rest of the regular season. [34] Fowles would make her return just in time for the playoffs. [35] The Lynx finished 14–8 with the number 4 seed, receiving a bye to the second round. In the second round elimination game, the Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 80–79, advancing the franchise back to the semi-finals. However, in the semi-finals, they would get swept by the Seattle Storm who would end up being the eventual champions, Fowles was unable to play for the entire series.

In 2021 Fowles won her fourth WNBA Defensive Player of the Year joining Tamika Catchings as the only player with 4 Defensive Player of the Year Awards averaging a career high 1.8 steals and also averaging 1.8 blocks. During that season, she was named to The W25, the league's official list of the top 25 players of its first 25 seasons. [36]

Fowles retired from the WNBA after the 2022 season with the Lynx. The WNBA bestowed the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award to Fowles in her final season in 2022. [37] The Minnesota Lynx retired her jersey on June 11, 2023. [38] In 2023, the Lynx also created the Sylvia Fowles Altruism Award for the Lynx player who "best embodies the altruistic traits of kindness, selflessness and overall regard for the well-being of others throughout the community." The award is decided by a panel of team staff and players. [39] In 2023, Fowles was also honored as part of the All-25 Team of the top 25 players in the team's history. [40]

Overseas career

Fowles played for Spartak Moscow in Russia during the 2008–09 and 2009-10 WNBA off-seasons. [41] [42] Fowles played for Galatasaray Medical Park of Turkey for three off-seasons from 2010 to 2013. [43] In the 2013–14 and 2014-15 WNBA off-seasons, Fowles played in China for the Shanghai Swordfish. [44] Fowles had spent the second portion of the 2014-15 WNBA off-season in Turkey playing for Canik Belediyesi. [45] [44] In the 2015-16 WNBA off-season, Fowles played once again in China for the Beijing Great Wall, leading the team to a championship [46] [47] As of August 2016, Fowles re-signed with Beijing for the 2016-17 off-season. [48] Fowles would lead Beijing to its second consecutive championship of the Women's Chinese Basketball Association in 2017. [49] In 2017, Fowles would once again re-sign with Beijing for the 2017-18 off-season. [46]

USA basketball

Fowles was a member of the team representing the US at the 2005 World University Games Team in Izmir, Turkey. In the game against China, she led her team in scoring with 23 points. In the semi-final against Russia, she led the team with 25 points, helping the team win 118–67. Fowles averaged 15.0 points per game, and 7.3 rebounds, both team highs, and helped the team to a 7–0 record, resulting in a gold medal at the event. [50]

Fowles is a member of the United States women's national basketball team and she earned a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Fowles was again invited to the USA Basketball Women's National Team training camp in the fall of 2009. [51] The team selected to play for the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics is usually chosen from these participants. At the conclusion of the training camp, the team traveled to Ekaterinburg, Russia, where they competed in the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational. [51]

Fowles was named as one of the National team members to represent the USA Basketball team in the WNBA versus USA Basketball. [52] This game replaces the normal WNBA All-Star game with WNBA All-Stars versus USA Basketball, as part of the preparation for the FIBA World Championship for Women to be held in the Czech Republic during September and October 2010. [53]

In 2010, Fowles was named to the national team which competed in the World Championships in Ostrava, and Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. The team won all nine games to win the gold medal. They held all opponents to no more than 75 points, while scoring in triple digits four times. The win against Australia by eight points was the only game with a single digit margin of victory. Fowles averaged 8.9 points per game over the course of the tournament. [54]

Fowles was one of 21 finalists for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team Roster. The 20 professional women's basketball players, plus one collegiate player (Brittney Griner), were selected by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee to compete for the final roster which would represent the US at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where the USA victory brought Fowles her second Olympic gold medal. [55]

Fowles also played with Team USA for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, and won her third gold medal as USA beat Spain 101–72.

On June 21, 2021, Fowles was named to her fourth Olympic roster for Team USA for the 2020 Summer Olympics. [56] She and Team USA went on to win the gold medal in the tournament (Fowles' fourth gold), defeating Japan 90–75 in the final. [57]

Off the court

Fowles is currently majoring in mortuary science at the American Academy McAllister Institute, where she has online studies in embalming, cremation, and funeral directing. [58] Interested in the field since the death of her grandmother when she was a child, and holding funerals for her stuffed animals, she wants to present the deceased in an attractive way so that loved ones can say goodbye. Her hobby has been knitting since she was 6. [59] She also loves bicycling. She gave some of her 2017 MVP bonus to a Saint Paul nonprofit to provide bikes for girls and also led a local bike ride. [60] She also led local bike rides in connection with her final WNBA season, and the Lynx gave fans a commemorative bike license plate at her final regular season home game. [61]

Fowles founded the Sylvia Fowles Family Fund in 2010 to help needy children. She is a spokesperson for the Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) and has two nephews who suffer from epilepsy. [62]

WNBA career statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game FG%  Field-goal percentage 3P%  3-point field-goal percentage FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold Career best°League leader
Denotes seasons in which Fowles won a WNBA championship
WNBA record

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGTOPPG
2008 Chicago 171425.0.520.000.5857.50.31.12.12.210.5
2009 Chicago 242028.8.599°.000.6467.80.80.91.53.211.3
2010 Chicago 343432.0.5821.000.7609.91.51.22.6°2.417.8
2011 Chicago 343434.6°.591°.000.76610.20.61.22.0°2.820.0
2012 Chicago 252531.1.638°.000.69210.40.81.31.22.116.2
2013 Chicago 323231.3.586°.000.68511.5°0.40.92.42.116.3
2014 Chicago 201829.8.546.000.78310.20.61.42.02.813.4
2015 Minnesota 181828.9.507.000.7348.30.81.01.51.715.3
2016 Minnesota 343428.5.595.000.7178.51.21.31.71.813.9
2017 Minnesota 343430.8.655°.000.76810.41.51.21.92.418.9
2018 Minnesota 343431.9.619°.000.75711.92.21.41.23.017.7
2019 Minnesota 343429.5.588°.000.7078.91.50.91.32.013.6
2020 Minnesota 7724.1.609.000.8289.70.90.91.11.114.6
2021 Minnesota 313130.1.640.000.75510.11.41.81.82.316.0
2022 Minnesota 303027.7.622.000.6609.81.21.01.22.114.4
Career14 years, 2 teams40839930.2.599‡1.000.7289.8‡1.11.21.82.415.7

Postseason

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGTOPPG
2013 Chicago 2235.5.462.000.54512.0°0.52.02.04.015.0
2014 Chicago 9936.2.538.000.7739.70.21.71.62.116.2
2015 Minnesota 101030.9.622.000.7509.71.20.91.62.512.6
2016 Minnesota 8831.4.611.000.7509.81.30.81.71.512.9
2017 Minnesota 8835.4.631.000.55913.11.51.62.02.918.6
2018 Minnesota 1137.8.636.000'1.00012.03.00.01.05.018.0
2019 Minnesota 1123.5.538.000.00011.00.00.02.03.014.0
2020 Minnesota 1118.0.250.0001.0004.01.00.00.01.06.0
2021 Minnesota 1132.0.667.000.8338.02.01.02.01.017.0
Career9 years, 2 teams414133.0.584.000.71210.41.01.21.72.414.9

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The 2017 WNBA season of the Minnesota Lynx is their 19th season in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Lynx finished the 2016 season with a record of 28–6, finishing first in the Western Conference and qualifying for the playoffs, before ultimately beating Los Angeles in the WNBA Finals to win their league-tying best fourth championship.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bridget Carleton</span> Canadian basketball player

Bridget Carleton is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and for SERCO UNI Győr in the EuroLeague. She played college basketball for the Iowa State Cyclones and competed internationally with the Canada national team.

The 2022 WNBA season is the current and 24th season for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association. The season began on May 6, 2022, versus the Seattle Storm.

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