MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA today named Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played August 7 through August 13. The Player of the Week award is Fowles’ 12th of her career and league-leading fifth this season.
Minnesota went 1-1 during the week and now has a 21-4 overall record, matching the best 25-game start in club history, and saw its “magic number” for clinching the top overall playoff seed reduced to six.
The 10-year pro from Louisiana State registered game-high totals of 27 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in the Aug. 8 victory in Atlanta, her WNBA-leading 11th 20/10 effort of the season (51st career). Fowles went 13-for-16 from the line vs. the Dream. The 13 FTs made are one shy of her career best (July 5, 2011 vs. Washington) and the most by any Lynx player since Candice Wiggins sank 13 vs. Houston on June 21, 2008. In the other game of the week, she led Minnesota with 17 points and a game-high 13 rebounds Aug. 11 vs. Los Angeles, her 14th double-double of the season and the 121st of her career. Fowles overtook Swin Cash (2521) for ninth on the WNBA’s all-time rebounding list in that game, having become the 10th player in league history to reach the 2500-rebound mark three nights earlier in Atlanta. She helped the Lynx hold both opponents under 40% from the floor (Atlanta 36.5%, Los Angeles 37.5%), boosting their season total in that category to a league-best nine.
Fowles leads the WNBA in FG accuracy (67.5%) while ranking second in scoring (20.5 ppg), second in rebounding (10.1 rpg), third in blocked shots (2.08 bpg) and 12th in steals (1.36 spg).
Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
The Lynx play next on Wednesday, August 16 against the Seattle Storm at KeyArena. Tip-off is set for 9:00 p.m. CT and the game can be seen on NBATV and heard on BOB 106.1 FM.