MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA announced that Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson and center Sylvia Fowles have been named to the WNBA All-Defensive Second Team. For Fowles, the 2018 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, this is her third WNBA All-Defensive Second Team selection (2008 and 2014) while Brunson earns her sixth career and second straight WNBA All-Defensive Second Team honor (2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017).
Fowles started all 34 contests for Minnesota for the third straight year, averaging 17.7 points on a league-best 61.9 percent shooting, a WNBA-record 11.9 rebounds while adding a career-best 2.2 assists, a career-high 1.44 steals and 1.24 blocks in 31.9 minutes per game. The five-time All-Star led the WNBA in field goal accuracy and rebounding while ranking 12th in scoring, fifth in steals, ninth in blocks and ninth in minutes (31.9 mpg). She led the league while recording a franchise record 21 double-doubles in 2018, moving her career total to 149, passing Tina Charles for second on the all-time list. The Miami, Florida native not only set the WNBA single-season rebounding average record but compiled the most total rebounds (404) and the most defensive rebounds (282) in a single season in league history. Fowles became the sixth player in WNBA history to grab 3000 rebounds and moved past Taj McWilliams-Franklin into fifth on the WNBA’s all-time list Aug. 17 at Connecticut. Among the various highlights in her 2018 season, Fowles picked off a career-high five steals on June 19 vs. Dallas and hauled in a club-record 20 rebounds on May 23 vs. Dallas, part of her third career 20+ point/20+ rebound performance.
Brunson, a WNBA All-Star this season for the fifth time in her career, averaged 7.2 points, 6.8 rebounds (14th in the WNBA) and a career-best 2.4 assists in 26.9 minutes per game. The Washington D.C. native totaled a season-high 15 points and 12 rebounds July 5 vs. Los Angeles, her 82nd career double-double, passing Yolanda Griffith for sixth on the WNBA’s all-time list. With her 12-rebound performance in that July 5 contest, she overtook both Lisa Leslie (3307) and Tamika Catchings (3316) to become the WNBA’s all-time leader in career rebounds.
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