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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, 2021)
  • All-WNBA First Team (2010, 2013, 2017)
  • All-WNBA Second Team (2011, 2012, 2016,2021)
  • WNBA All-Defensive First Team (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017,2021)
  • WNBA All-Defensive Second Team (2008, 2014)
  • WNBA All-Rookie Team (2008)
  • WNBA All-Star Game (2009, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
  • 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, Aug. 2021)
  • Eastern Conference Player of the Week (2010:2, 2011:3, 2013:2)
  • Western Conference Player of the Week (2017:5, 2021:1)
  • WNBA’s career leader in rebounds (3,712) and FG percentage (59.7%)
  • Set WNBA single-season records for rebounds (404), defensive rebounds (282) and rebounds per game (11.9) in 2018
  • Olympic Gold Medalist (2008, 2012, 2016, 2021)
  • 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… Re-signed to a two-year contract extension on Sept. 8, 2019.



Capped off her 14th WNBA season and seventh in Minnesota by being named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year for the fourth time… Started 31 games and averaged 16.0 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.81 spg and 1.81 bpg in 30.1 mpg – joining Yolanda Griffith (1999 and 2000 with Sacramento) as the only players in WNBA history to rank among the league’s top five in defensive rebounds, steals and blocks in the same season… It’s also the sixth time she’s averaged a point/rebound double-double over a full season, the most in WNBA history… Led the league in FG accuracy (64.0%) for the eighth time while hitting 75.5% from the line; she ranked 2nd in rebounding, 14th in scoring, 2nd in steals and 2nd blocks… Chosen as Western Conference Player of the Month for August, the ninth monthly honor of her career… Racked up 29 points and a club-record-tying 20 rebounds Aug. 24 vs. Seattle, her fourth career 20/20 night… Scored a season-high 30 points June 25 vs. Las Vegas (her 10th career 30+ outing) and added 14 rebounds, four assists, four steals and four blocks for her first career 5×4 performance and just the sixth such effort in WNBA history… Collected 26 points, 19 rebounds and a season-high five blocks June 23 in Atlanta, and tied her career best with five steals June 12 vs. L.A..



2020: Saw her 13th season (sixth with the Lynx) abbreviated by a right calf injury that limited her to seven games… Averaged 14.6 ppg, 9.7 rpg and 1.14 bpg in 24.1 mpg, shooting 60.9% from the floor and 82.8% from the FT line… Missed two games (Aug. 5 vs. New York, Aug. 9 vs. Los Angeles) due to soreness in the calf before departing the Aug. 13 contest vs. Las Vegas and being shelved for the final 13… The Aug. 5 DNP halted her ironwoman streak of consecutive games played at 158, the WNBA’s longest active run and the third-longest in franchise history… Scored a season-high 21 points vs. Connecticut on Aug. 1, part of her 66th career 20/10 effort… Moved past Rebekkah Brunson (3356) to become the WNBA’s all-time leading rebounder on July 28 vs. Seattle… Tied her own club single-game record with 16 defensive rebounds July 26 vs. Connecticut… 2019: Again started all 34 games in her fifth season with Minnesota and 12th in the WNBA… Averaged 13.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.94 spg and 1.38 bpg in 29.5 mpg; she ranked 17th in scoring, 3rd in rebounds and 7th in blocks… Shot 58.8% from the floor, the third consecutive season (and seventh time overall) she’s led the league in FG accuracy, and 70.7% from the line… Posted her 14th double-double of the season Sept. 6 at Phoenix, the four blocked shots in that game were a season best… Also moved past Tamika Catchings (3316) into 2nd place on the league’s all-time rebounding chart in the Phoenix game… Pumped in a season-high 25 points with 12 rebounds Aug. 27 vs. Chicago, her 65th career 20/10 effort, while overtaking Lisa Leslie (3306) and the WNBA’s 3rd-leading career rebounder… Pulled down her 1000th defensive rebound in a Lynx uniform on Aug. 20 at Los Angeles, becoming the first player in league history to collect 1000 with two different franchises (1322 for Chicago)… Racked up her 600th career block Aug. 6 in Atlanta and went over the 10,000-career-minute mark Aug. 3 at Indiana… Played in the 2019 All-Star Game, held July 27 in Las Vegas… The July 14 outing vs. Phoenix was her 158th career double-double, breaking Leslie’s WNBA record… Contributed season highs in steals (3) and blocks (4) vs. New York on June 22, part of her third career 5×3 effort (pts/reb/ast/stl/blk)… Netted 20 points and a season-high 13 rebounds June 8 vs. Los Angeles, highlighted by scoring her 5000th career point. 2018: Concluded a record-setting fourth year with the Lynx (11th in the WNBA) by again starting 34 games; she’s played in all 120 contests since arriving in Minnesota in 2015… Tallied 17.7 ppg, a league-record 11.9 rpg and a career-best 2.2 apg in 31.9 mpg, shooting 61.9% from the floor and 75.7% from the line… Led the WNBA in FG accuracy and rebounding while ranking 12th in scoring, 5th in steals (1.44 spg), 9th in blocks (1.24 bpg) and 9th in minutes (31.9 mpg)… Handed out 74 assists on the season, shattering her previous best of 52 set a year ago; she also committed a career-high and club-record 103 turnovers, breaking Betty Lennox’ franchise single-season mark (97) set in 2000… Collected 26 points and 14 rebounds vs. Washington on Aug. 19 to run her season total to 404 rebounds and eclipse Jonquel Jones’ WNBA record of 403 set in 2017… It was her league-leading 22nd double-double of the year (149th career) and her 11th 20/10 effort (63rd career)… Claimed her 3000th career rebound Aug. 14 vs. Chicago and moved past Taj McWilliams-Franklin into 5th on the WNBA’s all-time list Aug. 17 at Connecticut… Set club records for defensive rebounds in a game (16) and a half (11, 1st) Aug. 9 at Las Vegas… Played in the 2018 All-Star Game, held July 28 at Target Center… Tallied 30 points July 18 vs. Indiana, tying her high in a Lynx uniform (ninth career 30+ effort) and dealt a career-high seven assists July 11 at Indiana… Picked off a career-high five steals June 19 vs. Dallas and hauled in a franchise-record 20 rebounds May 23 vs. Dallas, part of her third career 20/20 outing. 2017: Started all 34 games… 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)… 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%.



2020: Returned from injury to start the Sept. 17 playoff win vs. Phoenix, adding six points… 2019: Contributed 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds at Seattle on Sept. 11… 2018: Led the Lynx with 18 points and 12 rebounds Aug. 21 at Los Angeles, adding three assists… 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 club 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.



2021: Member of Team USA in Tokyo, becoming the sixth player in Olympic basketball history to win four gold medals… 2020: Represented USA Basketball at both FIBA OQTs… Averaged 11.7 ppg (74.4%) and 5.0 rpg in six games (18.4 mpg)… Named MVP of the 2019 FIBA AmeriCup in San Juan, Puerto Rico… Tallied 13.2 ppg (76.6%) and 7.8 rpg in 17.8 mpg in six games as Team USA won gold… 2016: Earned her third Olympic gold medal 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 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 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 Summer Olympics in Beijing, tallying 13.4 ppg (64.3%) and 8.4 rpg in eight outings.



2017-18: Helped lead Beijing to its third consecutive WCBA title (fourth overall) by averaging 21.1 ppg (61.8%) and 12.9 rpg in 22 starts overall, including 21.7 ppg (60.2%) and 13.5 rpg in 10 postseason appearances… 2016-17: Played her third season with Beijing, averaging 21.7 ppg, 11.5 rpg and 1.27 bpg in 33 games… Named Finals MVP while averaging 29.0 ppg (86.4%), 11.7 rpg in 29.8 mpg in the championship series… 2015-16: Led Beijing to the 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. Missed two games after knee surgery on December 2, 2007.



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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