Sylvia Fowles Named 2013 WNBA Defensive Player of Year
NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2013 Ė Sylvia Fowles of the Chicago Sky was named the 2013 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, the WNBA announced today.
Fowles, who also was named the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, received 21 out of 39 votes from a national panel of 39 sportswriters and broadcasters. She edged out five-time winner Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever who collected 16 votes. The Atlanta Dreamís Angel McCoughtry and the Seattle Stormís Tanisha Wright each received one vote.
Fowles captured WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors in July, August, and September, as the Sky finished with a record of 24-10, good for the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, as Chicago reached the postseason for the first time in franchise history. She joins Catchings, Teresa Weatherspoon, Sheryl Swoopes and Lisa Leslie as the only players to win the award more than once.
Fowles, the second overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, was named an All-Star for the third time this season, and sports career averages of 16.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over a distinguished six-year career.
In honor of being named the Defensive Player of the Year, Fowles will receive $5,000 and a trophy specially designed by Tiffany & Co.
Below are the complete results of the 2013 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year votes and a list of past recipients:
2013 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR RESULTS
|21||Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky|
|16||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever|
|1||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream|
|1||Tanisha Wright||Seattle Storm|
ALL-TIME DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNERS
|2013||Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky|
|2012||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever|
|2011||Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky|
|2010||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever|
|2009||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever|
|2008||Lisa Leslie||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2007||Lauren Jackson||Seattle Storm|
|2006||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever|
|2005||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever|
|2004||Lisa Leslie||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2003||Sheryl Swoopes||Houston Comets|
|2002||Sheryl Swoopes||Houston Comets|
|2001||Debbie Black||Miami Sol|
|2000||Sheryl Swoopes||Houston Comets|
|1999||Yolanda Griffith||Sacramento Monarchs|
|1998||Teresa Weatherspoon||New York Liberty|
|1997||Teresa Weatherspoon||New York Liberty|