SYLVIA FOWLES RE-SIGNS WITH CHICAGO SKY
– All-Star Center Inks Multi-Year Deal –
The reigning Defensive Player of the Year started all 34 games for the Sky in 2011, averaging 20.0 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, becoming only the second player in league history to average 20 points and 10 rebounds in a season. The 6-6 center led the WNBA in blocked shots (2.0) and field goal percentage (59.1%), while finishing second in rebounding and third in points per game.
"Anytime you re-sign a franchise player it bodes well for the future," said Sky General Manager & Head Coach Pokey Chatman. "Sylvia is a force on both ends of the floor and I'm looking forward to coaching her for many years to come."
In her four seasons in the WNBA, Fowles has been named to three All-Star games and won the Most Valuable Player award following the 2010 contest. Originally drafted by the Sky with the second overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft from LSU, Fowles is now the Sky’s all-time leader in scoring average (15.9), rebounds (1,000), blocks (227), and field goal percentage (57.9%).
“I am thrilled to announce that I will be a member of the Chicago Sky for years to come. The organization is committed to success and Coach Chatman has made all the right moves in the off-season to build long term success at the Sky and I am eager to be a part of that. I love the city of Chicago and truly enjoy playing in front of the loyal and loud Sky fans. I am excited to get on the court with the talented roster of players who will be surrounding me and our fans should expect big things from us in 2012.”
Fowles won a gold medal as part of the 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball team and has been named to represent the U.S. Women’s team again in London for the 2012 games along with Sky teammate Swin Cash.
Click below to view highlights, video and photos from Fowles stellar 2011 season.