Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles is named the 2013 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, the WNBA announced today. She earned 21 votes from a panel of 39 sports media voters this season, outvoting five-time winner Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever. This is the second Defensive Player of the Year award for Fowles, who also won in 2011.

Fowles dominated the paint as the league’s leading rebounder at 11.5 per game, totaling 369 rebounds over the course of the season. She ranked second in blocks with an average 2.44 per game. Fowles also ranked second in the league in total blocks (78).

Throughout 2013, Fowles hit historic marks on both the franchise and league fronts. Fowles finished the season with the fourth best rebound per game ranking in league history. She also is tied for third all-time in career double-double performances (81).

Fowles had several outstanding defensive performances this season. She started the season by taking down 22 rebounds and offering 24 for her first 20-20 game of the season on May 31 against the Connecticut Sun. On September 13, she took down 18 rebounds, placing her tied for third place all-time in career games of 15-plus rebounds. The game also marked her eighth 15-plus rebound game this season, tied for second all-time in the statistic alongside Cheryl Ford (2006).

The Sky takes on the Indiana Fever for the first game of the 2013 WNBA Playoffs tonight at Allstate Arena. The 6 p.m. game will air locally on The U Too and nationally on NBA TV.