Despite Loss, Fowles Comes Up Big in Post

MINNEAPOLIS – Entering Game 1, much was made of the pivotal matchup in the paint between the Minnesota duo of Rebekkah Brunson and Sylvia Fowles versus Indiana’s Erlana Larkins and Co.. Despite the loss, it looks as if Fowles took Round 1 in the post.

Fowles, acquired via trade in late July, was a force in the middle, scoring 21 points while also grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking three shots.

Fowles’ impact was felt early when she grabbed eight rebounds in the first quarter, a WNBA finals record for rebounds in a single quarter. She struggled, however, with her shot and was just 3-for-8 from the floor after two quarters.

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“I thought I was going to get double and maybe triple teamed, and they left me alone,” said Fowles. “In the first half I was rushing, thinking who was going to come. It picked up in the second half, but I definitely have to do better.”

Coming out of the half, Fowles scored two quick buckets and helped give the Lynx some immediate life. In the end, she shot 6-for-7 from the floor in the final 20 minutes.

When asked about her strong performance, the newest member of the Lynx quickly deflected the praise.

“It’s a credit to my teammates,” Fowles said. “They put me in the right spots at the right time and kept pushing me.”

If Minnesota is to win Game 2 and even up this series, it is clear that Fowles — who seems to have the upperhand in the matchup in the post — will undoubtedly have to play a major role.