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Sylvia Fowles's Bio

About Sylvia Fowles


  • WNBA Champion (2015. 2017)
  • WNBA Finals MVP (2015, 2017)
  • WNBA Most Valuable Player (2017)
  • WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (2011, 2013, 2016)
  • All-WNBA First Team (2010, 2013, 2017)
  • All-WNBA Second Team (2011, 2012, 2016)
  • WNBA All-Defensive First Team (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017)
  • WNBA All-Defensive Second Team (2008, 2014)
  • Eastern Conference All-Star (2009, 2011, 2013)
  • Western Conference All-Star (2017)
  • Eastern Conference Player of the Month (Aug. 2011, May 2012, July 2013, Aug. 2013, Sept. 2013)
  • Western Conference Player of the Month (May 2017, June 2017, July 2017)
  • Eastern Conference Player of the Week (2010:2, 2011:3, 2013:2)
  • Western Conference Player of the Week (2017:5)
  • WNBA’s career leader in FG percentage (59.0%)
  • Lynx single-season record for rebounds (354, 2017)
  • Olympic Gold Medalist (2008, 2012, 2016)
  • FIBA World Championship Gold Medalist (2010)



Selected in the 1st round (2nd overall) of the 2008 WNBA Draft by Chicago… Re-signed to a three-year contract on Apr. 12, 2012… Acquired by Minnesota on July 27, 2015, along with Chicago’s 2nd-round pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, in a three-team deal that sent Damiris Dantas, Reshanda Gray and Minnesota’s 1st-round pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft to Atlanta… Re-signed to a two-year contract on Feb. 2, 2016… Re-signed to a two-year contract extension on Sept. 1, 2017.


Started all 34 games in her third season with the Lynx (10th in the WNBA) – running her ironwoman streak to 86 games, eight shy of her career best… Averaged a double-double for the fifth time in her career, collecting 18.9 ppg and a franchise-record 10.4 rpg while adding a career-best 1.5 apg, 1.29 spg and 1.97 bpg in 30.8 mpg… Shot a career-high 65.5%, the 4th-best FG percentage in league history and 2nd-highest ever by a Lynx player behind Tamika Williams’ WNBA-record 66.8% in 2003… Her FT percentage (76.8%) is the 2nd-best of her career; she went to the line just 29 times over the final 10 contests, having averaged 6.2 trips per game in the first 24… Led the league in FG accuracy while ranking 5th in scoring, 2nd in rebounding, 2nd in blocks, 12th in steals and 15th in minutes… Was named Western Conference Player of the Month three times (May, June, July) and earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors on five occasions (May 22, May 30, June 12, July 24, Aug. 14)… Contributed 27 points and 13 rebounds Aug. 8 in Atlanta, one of a league-best dozen 20/10 efforts on the season (52 career); the 13 FTs are the most by any Lynx player since 2008… Also pulled down her 2500th career rebound in that game; she scored the 4000th point of her WNBA career July 16 vs. Phoenix… Became the seventh player in league history to reach the 500-block plateau July 25 vs. New York; she blocked 3+ shots 12 times this year… Scored eight points in the 2017 All-Star Game on July 22 in Seattle… Totaled 21 points, a season-high 15 rebounds and five blocks June 23 vs. Washington, her second 20+ pts/10+ reb/5+ blk game this year (sixth career) and the third in Lynx history; she had 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks May 23 vs. Connecticut… Collected a season-high 30 points June 11 at Dallas, her eighth career 30+ night.


2016: Started all 34 games for the first time since 2011… Averaged 13.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.32 spg and 1.79 bpg in 28.5 mpg; she ranked 4th in rebounding, 4th in blocks and 11th in steals – the league’s only player to finish in the top 12 of all three categories… Shot 59.5% from the field (the 2nd-best percentage in franchise history) to rank 4th in the WNBA and hit 71.7% from the line… Pumped in a season-high 30 points Sept. 17 vs. Atlanta, her seventh career 30+ point night; she becomes the sixth player in Lynx history to score 30 in a game… Her 18 FT attempts vs. Atlanta are both a career high and a franchise record for a regulation game… Tied her career high with five steals Sept. 4 vs. Connecticut… Had 15 points and 17 rebounds on Sept. 2 vs. Washington, her eighth double-double of 2016 and raising her career total to 107… Collected 20 points and 12 rebounds July 22 vs. Seattle, her second 20/10 effort of the year and the 40th of her career… Hauled down a season-high 19 rebounds July 17 at Dallas; she tallied 15.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.83 spg and 2.08 bpg in 29.4 mpg over her final 12 starts, shooting 64.0% from the floor… Led Minnesota with a season-high 24 points and 13 rebounds May 18 at Chicago. 2015: Started all 18 games following the All-Star Break in her debut season with the Lynx… Averaged 15.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 1.56 bpg in 28.9 mpg, shooting a career-low 50.7% from the floor (still good for 8th in the league) and 73.4% from the FT line… Notched double-doubles in seven of her final 10 outings to pass Tamika Catchings for 3rd place on the WNBA’s career list… Posted a season-high 21 points with 12 rebounds and three blocks (in a season-best 35:11) in the Sept. 11 finale at Seattle… The Sept. 6 game vs. New York ended her string of double-doubles at five, one shy of the franchise record held by Rebekkah Brunson (June 3-19, 2011)… Led all scorers with 18 points while grabbing a season-high 14 rebounds Sept. 4 vs. Indiana… The Aug. 30 game vs. Phoenix was the 200th of her WNBA career; she scored her 3000th point Aug. 9 vs. Los Angeles… Had five blocks Aug. 14 in Atlanta, becoming the sixth player in Lynx history to block 5+ shots in a game…2014: Had a delayed start to her seventh season in Chicago, missing the first 13 games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn hip labrum and impingement… Made her season debut June 25 at Connecticut, totaling 17 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in 31:54… Played in 20 games overall (18 starts), tallying 13.4 ppg and 10.2 rpg – the fourth consecutive season she’d averaged a double-double – in 29.8 mpg… Shot 54.6% from the floor (good for 5th in the WNBA) and a career-best 78.3% from the FT line; she also ranked 2nd in the league in blocks (2.05 bpg)… Named to the All-Defensive Second Team, the seventh time she’s earned All-Defensive honors (fifth in a row)… Registered 12 point/rebound double-doubles (including a run of seven in a row from July 5-25), hiking her career to total to 92; she ranks 4th on the WNBA’s all-time list in that category behind Lisa Leslie, Tina Charles and Tamika Catchings… Put in a season-high 23 points July 11 vs. Phoenix, one of three 20+ outings; she had 21 points and 16 rebounds (in a season-high 37:28) at Washington on Aug. 13… Hauled in a season-high 17 rebounds July 9 vs. Washington… Swiped a career-high five steals July 25 at Atlanta, and had a season-best five blocks July 22 vs. Indiana… 2013: Earned her second WNBA Defensive Player of the Year award after helping Chicago to a franchise-best 24-10 record, Eastern Conference regular season title and first-ever postseason berth… Also named All-WNBA First Team and All-Defensive First Team… Averaged 16.3 ppg and a career-high (and league-best) 11.5 rpg in 32 games; she also led the WNBA in FG accuracy (58.6%) and ranked 2nd in blocks (a career-best 2.44 bpg)… Named Eastern Conference Player of the Month three times (July, August, September) and was also selected Eastern Conference Player of the Week twice… Had 24 points and a career-high 22 rebounds May 31 vs. Connecticut, and added 20 points and 21 boards vs. the Sun on Aug. 18 to become the first player in WNBA history to notch two 20+ point/20+ rebound games in the same year… Erupted for a season-high 32 points Aug. 2 vs. Washington and tallied 31 points vs. Minnesota on Aug. 11… Chipped in six points and four rebounds in the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game… 2012: Named to the All-WNBA Second Team and All-Defensive First Team, following a season in which she averaged 16.2 ppg and 10.4 rpg in 31.1 mpg while shooting a career-best 63.8% from the floor… Saw action in 25 games, missing the final seven due to a lower leg injury… Led the league in FG accuracy while ranking 2nd in rebounds and 4th in blocks (1.20 bpg)… Named Eastern Conference Player of the Month in May… Posted 15 double-doubles, including eight games with 20+ points/10+ rebounds… Saw her string of 83 consecutive double-figure scoring games ended July 11 vs. San Antonio… Grabbed a season-high 21 rebounds June 8 vs. Tulsa, and netted a season-best 26 points June 16 at Indiana… 2011: Named WNBA Defensive Player of the Year while earning All-WNBA Second Team and All-Defensive First Team honors… Started all 34 games, averaging a career-best 20.0 ppg, 10.2 rpg and 2.00 bpg in a career-high 34.6 mpg to become just the second player in league history to tally 20+ ppg/10+ rpg for a full season (Chamique Holdsclaw, 2003)… Led the WNBA in FG accuracy (59.1%), blocks and minutes while ranking 2nd in rebounds and 3rd in scoring… Chosen as the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Month in August and earned Eastern Conference Player of the Week accolades three times… Finished with 22 double-doubles, the second-highest total in the WNBA history… Poured in a season-high 34 points with 16 rebounds July 5 vs. Washington and closed out the season with a 30-point, 13-board effort Sept. 11 at Seattle; she grabbed her 1000th career rebound in the latter contest… Blocked a career-high eight shots July 16 at Atlanta… Added six points and six rebounds in the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game… 2010: Started all 34 games en route to being named All-WNBA First Team and All-Defensive First Team for the first time… Tallied 17.8 ppg and 9.9 rpg while leading the league in blocks (a career-best 2.59 bpg) and ranking 3rd in FG accuracy (58.2%)… Pumped in a career-high 35 points Aug. 1 at Phoenix and dealt a career-high five assists July 30 at Seattle… Had 15 double-doubles, highlighted by a season-high 21-rebound effort July 11 at New York… 2009: Saw action in 24 games (20 starts), missing 10 due to injury… Averaged 11.3 ppg and 7.8 rpg in 28.8 mpg, leading the WNBA in FG accuracy (59.9%) and ranking 6th in blocks (1.46 bpg)… Made her first All-Star Game appearance, tallying 17 points on July 25 in Connecticut… 2008: Named to the WNBA’s All-Rookie Team and All-Defensive Second Team despite being limited to 17 games… Suffered a sprained left knee June 3 at L.A. and was sidelined until July 22 vs. Indiana… Averaged 10.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg in 25.3 mpg while hitting 51.3%.


2017: Named the Most Valuable Player of the WNBA Finals for the second time in three years, following a Game 5 performance that saw her collect 17 points, a franchise playoff- and WNBA Finals-record 20 rebounds, four assists and three blocks vs. Los Angeles on Oct. 4… Averaged 18.6 ppg (63.1%), 13.1 rpg and 2.00 bpg in eight playoff games overall, closing with a string of six consecutive double-doubles… 2016: Started all eight games, averaging 15.6 ppg (61.1%), 9.8 rpg and 1.3 apg…Had a playoff career-high and club playoff record five blocks on Oct. 14 vs. Los Angeles… 2015: Named the Most Valuable Player of the WNBA Finals after averaging 15.6 ppg (69.6%) and 9.4 rpg in five contests vs. Indiana, capped by a 20-point, 11-board effort in Game 5 (Oct. 14)… Netted 12.6 ppg (62.2%) and 9.7 rpg in 10 playoff games overall… 2014: Started all nine postseason games, helping Chicago reach the Finals for the first time in franchise history; she averaged 16.2 ppg (53.8%), 9.7 rpg and 1.56 bpg in 36.2 mpg… 2013: Averaged 15.0 ppg (46.2%), 12.0 rpg, 2.00 spg and 2.00 bpg in two playoff outings.


2015: Earned her third Olympic gold medal with Team USA on Aug. 20 in Rio de Janeiro; she averaged 9.1 ppg (69.0%) and 5.6 rpg in eight contests…2012: Won gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, averaging 6.0 ppg (61.1%) and 3.6 rpg in five appearances for Team USA… 2010: Won gold with Team USA at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in the Czech Republic; she averaged 8.9 ppg (61.9%) and 4.3 rpg over nine contests… 2008: Won gold with Team USA at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, tallying 13.4 ppg (64.3%) and 8.4 rpg in eight outings.


2016-17: Played a fourth season with Beijing, averaging 21.7 ppg, 11.5 rpg and 1.27 bpg in 33 games… Helped lead Beijing to a second straight WCBA title (third overall) and was named Finals MVP while averaging 29.0 ppg (86.4%), 11.7 rpg in 29.8 mpg in the finals… 2015-16: Led Beijing to its second WCBA title, averaging 21.9 ppg and 12.0 rpg in 36 games… 2014-15: Played a second season with Shanghai, averaging 28.4 ppg (63.2%) and 13.6 rpg in 30 WCBA outings… Signed with Turkish club Samsun Canik Belediye in March and netted 15.3 ppg (62.0%) and 6.7 rpg in three contests… 2010-13: Played for Galatasaray Medical Park in Turkey.


During her four years at LSU, Fowles 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 and 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 third 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.


Full name is Sylvia Shaqueria Fowles… Born Oct. 6, 1985 in Miami, Fla.…Mother is Arrittio Fowles… Has three brothers: Walter, Morris and Jeremy, and one sister, Dorothy… Enjoys drawing and sewing in her spare time… Plays the saxophone and is learning the guitar… Originally dreamed of following in her mother’s footsteps by running track before being introduced to basketball by her brothers… Did not play organized basketball until eighth grade… First high school player to dunk in a game, using two hands to dunk twice in a regional playoff game for Edison HS… Would like to work in a mortician’s office as a mortuary beautician one day and would also like to design clothes for tall women… Loves gadgets and remote controlled helicopters.

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