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NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2011 - Sylvia Fowles of the Chicago Sky and Lindsay Whalen of the Minnesota Lynx were named the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for regular season games played in August.
Fowles kept Chicago (5-5 during August) in the race for a playoff berth, by ranking in the top three in five major statistical categories during August. Whalen, who led the league in assists and ranked among the scoring leaders, guided Minnesota to the league's best record (11-2, .846 in August) and helped the Lynx extend their overall league-best record to 24-6.
The former No. 2 selection in the 2008 WNBA Draft, Fowles led the league in rebounds (11.9 rpg) and field goal percentage (.680 on 83 of 122 shooting from the field), while ranking second in minutes played (35.0 mpg). She also ranked third in the WNBA and second in the Eastern Conference in scoring (20.5 ppg) and blocks (1.8 bpg).
Fowles scored in double figures in every game during the month, topping 20 points in six of 10 outings, and set a WNBA record for consecutive double-doubles in a single season with eight.
Highlights of Fowles' month included an outstanding three-game stretch:
For the season, Fowles leads the WNBA in double-doubles (20), field goal percentage (.600) and blocks (2.17 bpg), ranks second in rebounding (10.3 rpg) and minutes played (34.6 mpg), and third in scoring (20.0 ppg).
Now in her eighth season, Whalen led the league in assists (5.8 apg) and ranked fifth in the Western Conference in scoring (14.2 ppg) in August while helping the Lynx close out the month with six consecutive wins. The former University of Minnesota star has helped lead a remarkable turnaround in Minnesota and has managed to stand out on a team that sent four players to the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game presented by adidas. The Hutchinson, Minn., native already has guided the Lynx to the most wins in franchise history (24) and the top playoff seed in the West. Minnesota is one win (or one Indiana loss) away from locking up home court advantage throughout the post-season.
In addition to posting five or more assists in 10 of 13 games, Whalen etched her name into the WNBA record books on Aug. 9 at Phoenix when she and teammate Seimone Augustus became the first pair of players – and the first set of teammates – to reach the 3,000-point plateau for their careers in the same game.
Highlights of Whalen's month included:
Statistically, Whalen is having arguably the best season of her career. She leads the league in assists with a career-best 5.83 agp and ranks 15th in scoring with a career-best 14.3 ppg. Whalen also is shooting at a higher percentage from the field (.521 on 165 of 317) and from behind the three-point arc (.436 on 17 of 39) than at any time in her eight seasons, while her 2.17 turnovers per game are on track to be her third best mark.