MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – With her seventh rebound in tonight’s matchup against the Seattle Storm, Minnesota center Sylvia Fowles (3357) passed current Lynx assistant coach and ex-teammate Rebekkah Brunson to become the WNBA’s all-time leader in rebounds.
“I’ve had the great fortune of being able to share in Syl’s tremendous journey as a professional basketball player,” said Head Coach and General Manager Cheryl Reeve. “To witness her ability to dominate on the glass night in and night out has truly been special. Syl’s incredibly kind and generous way is just as unmatched as her rebounding. Congratulations to Syl on becoming the WNBA’s all-time greatest rebounder.”
Playing in her 13th WNBA season, Fowles holds career averages of 15.8 points (on 59.3% shooting), 9.8 rebounds and 1.83 blocks per game. She notched 17 points and 18 rebounds Sunday vs. Connecticut, her fifth straight Opening Night double-double and the 164th of her career, extending her own WNBA record. Fowles entered tonight’s game 23 defensive rebounds behind Tamika Catchings for second place all-time on that list – 49 back of Lisa Leslie for the top spot – and needing two steals to become the 35th player in WNBA history to reach the 400 mark. The Miami, Fla. native was named to her sixth All-Star game last season, contributing 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting and nine rebounds in Las Vegas.
Acquired from Chicago in a three-team trade on July 27, 2015, Fowles helped the Lynx capture the 2015 and 2017 WNBA Championships, being named the Finals Most Valuable Player in each of those series. She was named the WNBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2017, the first of her career. The three-time Olympic gold medalist has racked up numerous league awards including winning Defensive Player of the Year three times (2011, 2013, 2016), All-WNBA First Team three times (2010, 2013, 2017) and WNBA All-Defensive First Team seven times (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017).