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Sylvia Fowles

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Background

2013:
Named Defensive Player of the Year…Peak Performer: Rebounds…Fowles started 32 games…Fowles became the first WNBA Player to achieve two 20-20 game in a season Sky home opener against Connecticut on May 31…Fowles tied the WNBA record for the most offensive rebounds in half with 10…The highest point total in a Sky home opener with 24…Leads the WNBA with an average of 11.74 rebounds per game… A career high of 22 rebounds in a game which set the Sky’s franchise record…Holds the Sky’s first 20 point, 20 rebound performance…Fowles was named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for July 8-July 14 and August 12-18 …Became the all-time leader in games played in a Sky uniform with her 166th game...On August 2 vs. Washington Mystics scored a season high 32 points…4th place for all-time in WNBA regular season double-doubles…Tied her career high in steals with 4 on August 31 vs. Atlanta…She is also tied for 3rd in career games of 15+ rebounds… Named the WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for September, August, and July.

International:
Played for Galatasaray Medical Park in Turkey for the 2010-2013 offseason. In the 2013/2014 offseason she played for the Shanghai Octopus.

2012
Named All-WNBA Second Team…Started 25 games…Averaged 16.2 points per game and team high 10.4 rebounds…10.4 rebounds per game was second best in WNBA in 2012…Started season with 8 straight double doubles tying the WNBA record she set in 2011…Performance earned her Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors in May…Tied career high 21 rebounds on June 8 vs Tulsa…Pulled down 19 rebounds at Atlanta on June 2…Pulled down 287th offensive rebound at New York on June 10 to become Sky’s all time leader in offensive rebounds…Recorded 460th made free throw on August 17 vs Atlanta to become Sky’s all time leader in field goals made…Scored 2,101st point of career on August 22 at Atlanta to become Sky’s all time leading scorer…Led the WNBA with .638 field goal percentage…Missed nine games due to lower leg injury in late August….Won Olympic gold as part of the 2012 U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball team.

2011:
Named 2011 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year … Named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve player and played 16 minutes, shot 3-4 from the field, for six points and grabbed six rebounds … Started all 34 games and averaged 20.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game (only second player in WNBA history to average 20 points and 10 rebounds) … Fowles broke 16 Sky records in 2011 including total points in a season (680), consecutive games scoring 20 plus points (7) and blocks in a game (8) ... Named Player of the Week three times during the 2011 season (July 11-17, August 8-14, August 22-28) … Sylvia recorded her 1,000th career rebound vs. Seattle on the final game of the season on September 11th becoming the Sky’s all-time leading rebounder … Recorded a Chicago Sky record of 22 double-doubles in a season, with a WNBA record of 8 double-double games in a row … Fowles’ 68 consecutive games scoring in double figures is the longest active streak in the WNBA and 4th = longest in history.

2010:
Fowles started a career-high 34 games in her third WNBA season … She averaged 17.8 points, 2.6 blocks, 9.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 32 minutes per game, all career-highs … Sylvia ranked No. 3 in the league with a .582 field goal percentage … Fowles blocked a league and team best 88 shots, the 9th best single season total in WNBA history … Sylvia also set single season Sky records with 338 rebounds, 264 defensive rebounds and 606 points … Fowles reached 159 career blocks, the Sky franchise record … She scored a career-high 35 points at Phoenix on August 1 … She grabbed 21 rebounds against the Liberty on July 11, a single game career best and franchise record … Over a 10-game span ranging from June 27 to July 24 Fowles recorded nine double-doubles … Fowles scored in double figures in all 34 Sky games … Fowles was an All-Star selection for the second consecutive season and was named MVP of the Stars at the Sun All-Star Game … Named a member of the First Team All-WNBA and WNBA All-Defensive First Team.

2009:
Fowles started 20 of 24 games played … Missed 10 games with ankle and shoulder injuries … Averaged 11.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game … Shot .599 percent from the field … Scored a season-high 22 points in an 88-77 win at New York … Recorded a career-best 18 rebounds in a 64-58 loss at Detroit on August 9 … Blocked four shots in one game, four different times … Started in the WNBA All-Star Game … Dunked with time winding down in the All-star game.

2008:
Selected 2nd overall in the 2008 WNBA Draft, Fowles… Averaged 10.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game…Slowed by an early season injury that kept her sidelined for 17 games, her return to play came on July 22 against the Indiana Fever; she had two points, five rebounds in her 12 minutes of play in that return… Fowles totaled 178 points and had 36 blocks in 17 games played, starting in 14…Ranked 3rd in the league in blocks per game (2.12)…Ranked 5th in the league in double-doubles (6)…Selected to the WNBA All-Rookies team…Won a gold medal as part of the 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball team on August 23 after the final game against Australia during the Beijing Olympics…On August 29 at Washington, Fowles had a season-high 20 points with 11 rebounds and five blocks in the win against the Mystics.

College:
During her four years at LSU, helped lead the Lady Tigers to a 125-21 record, three Southeastern conference regular season titles (twice with perfect league records), and four NCAA Final Four appearances…Named the 2008 WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year ... First-team AP, State Farm (formerly Kodak) and ESPN.com All-American selection ... Finalist for the John R. Wooden Award and the State Farm Wade Trophy for the third consecutive year... One of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy and finalist for the Lowes’ Senior CLASS Award ... Named the 2008 SEC Player of the Year, SEC Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous first-team All-SEC (for the 3rd year in a row) ... Became the SEC’s all-time rebounding leader on March 24 ... Collected a school and SEC record 86 double-doubles ... Became the fifth player in school history to reach the 2,000 point milestone and finished fifth on the career scoring list with 2,234 points ... Owns the school records for career rebounds with 1,570, career blocked shots with 321, career free throws made with 494 and career free throws attempted with 822 ... Scored in double figures in 124 of her 144 career games and grabbed at least 10 rebounds in 90 games ... Became the first player in SEC history to record a double-double in every conference game as a junior...Missed two games after knee surgery on Dec. 2, 2007.

USA Basketball:
Played on the USA Basketball Women’s National Team during the 2009 Ekaterinburg International Invitational in Russia… Averaging 7ppg and 6.3 rpg, helped the Team to a 3-0 record… Also played with the National Team for a 4-0 run during a 2007 tour of Italy, averaging 10.3 ppg and 7.0 rpg…One of just four 2006-07 collegiate players named to the 2007-08 team... A member of the 2005 US World University Games gold medal team with WNBA star Seimone Augustus ... Led Team USA with 15 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

International:
Has played for Galatasaray Medical Park in Turkey the past two offseason (2010/11, 2011/12)

Personal

  • Goes by the nickname “Big Syl”
  • Has three brothers and one sister: Walter, Morris and Jeremy/ sister: Dorothy
  • Dreamed of following in her mother Arrittio Fowles' footsteps and running track but was introduced to basketball by her brothers
  • Says her toughest times growing up with brothers was the fact that she could never bring any boys around because they would always tell her they would beat them up if she did
  • Although she’s known as a beast on the court, she is considered a teddy bear off court
  • Feels she needs to be extra friendly to children because she doesn’t want them to be scared of her
  • Biggest interests include: fashion, sewing, cooking, braiding hair and remote controlled helicopters and airplanes
  • Plays the guitar
  • Career Transactions

    Selected 2nd overall by the Chicago Sky in the 2008 WNBA Draft.