The Minnesota Lynx went undefeated in the month of May for the sixth consecutive season. After losing in the WNBA Finals last season, the team appears to be on a mission for revenge and redemption.
Lynx star Maya Moore hasn’t played her best basketball yet and appears to be working herself back into the groove. Nonetheless, Minnesota has won its first six games thanks to soft spoken center, Sylvia Fowles, who was recently named one of two Players of the Month. Her game is in a renaissance, as she has posted her best statistical numbers offensively and defensively since 2010, when she was a third-year player for the Chicago Sky.
“I think she’s the best center that our league has seen through its 20-plus years,” Lynx Head Coach Reeve recently said about Fowles.
Fowles is averaging 20 points per game this season, tying her career-high from 2011. She has been shooting 61% from the field, while also hitting 78% of her free throw attempts. Fowles’s offensive numbers trump all other centers in the WNBA this season, save for the Mercury’s Brittney Griner who is averaging 0.2 more points per game. The Liberty’s Tina Charles is a close third averaging 18.6 points per game.
Fowles has also been dominate on the boards, racking up double-doubles as she vacuums rebounds at a clip of 10.7 per game – good for second in the league behind Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones. On average, a career-high 4.3 of those rebounds are offensive, also good for second in the league.
Defensively, Fowles has been equally impressive. She is second in the league in blocks, averaging 2.3 per game. In addition, she is averaging 2 steals per game. Only Griner is forcing more total turnovers per game.
If Fowles continues her strong play and Moore returns to her usual spectacular form, the Lynx appear to be in good position to make their second consecutive WNBA Finals appearance – and potentially avenge last year’s heartbreaking loss.