MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA today named Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles its Western Conference Player of the Month for the month of June after she led the Lynx to a league-best 12-1 record. This is the second Western Conference Player of the Month award for Fowles this season and the seventh of her career, tying teammate Maya Moore for second-most all-time (Tina Charles, eight). The award marks the 13th time a Lynx player has been named Player of the Month, with Moore (August 2013, September 2013, May 2014, July 2014, August 2014, July 2015, May 2016 and September 2016), Lindsay Whalen (August 2011), Seimone Augustus (July 2011) and Rebekkah Brunson (June 2011) also having previously received the award. Fowles was awarded Western Conference Player of the Week on May 23, May 30 and June 12.
After the 13 games, Fowles ranks first in FG accuracy (66.0%), second in scoring (20.7 ppg), second in rebounding (10.1 rpg), third in steals (1.85 spg) and third in blocks (1.77 bpg). She is the only player in the WNBA to rank among the top five in all five categories.
Highlights from Fowles’ month include:
- June 3 at Seattle: Tallied 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting including going a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in the 100-77 win in Seattle. Her totals led the Lynx in scoring, rebounding and steals.
- June 11 at Dallas: Erupted for a game- and season-high 30 points on 14-of 19 shooting along with nine rebounds, marking her eighth 30+ point effort of her career.
- June 23 vs. Washington: Pulled in a season-best 15 rebounds and poured in 21 points for her sixth 20/10 effort of the season and 46th of her career.
Connecticut forward Jonquel Jones was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for the month of June. In June, Jones ranked first among East players in rebounding (11.9 rpg) and blocked shots (2.13 bpg) and was 11th in scoring (15.6 ppg).
The Lynx play next on Thursday, July 7 vs. Los Angeles Sparks at Xcel Energy Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT and the game can be seen on ESPN2 and heard on BOB 106.1 FM.