MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA announced today that Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles has been named to the All-WNBA Second Team. Fowles, the 2021 KIA WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, has received All-WNBA Team honors seven times in her career (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2021), including four All-WNBA Second Team selections (2010, 2013, 2017, 2021).
This marks Fowles’ third All-WNBA award with Minnesota and the franchise’s 11th consecutive year with at least one player selected to an All-WNBA Team (17th selection in Lynx history). Fowles received a total of 148 points (14 First Team votes, 26 Second Team votes) from a national panel of 49 sportswriters and broadcasters.
Fowles, 36, finished her 14th WNBA season leading the league with a 64.0% field goal percentage and averaged 16.0 points per game (14th in league) in 31 contests. She ranked second in the league in rebounds (10.1), steals (1.8) and blocks (1.8) per game, becoming the only player in WNBA history to finish among the top two in those three defensive categories in a single season.
The 6-6 center registered 13 double-doubles this season, hiking her career total to 180, including six 20+ point/10+ rebound games (72 career). Fowles tallied 14.1 points, on 67.9% shooting, 9.8 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.4 steals over the last 10 games of the season, in which Minnesota went 9-1. She was named Western Conference Player of the Month in August where she recorded two 20+ point/10+ rebound games and three double-doubles. Fowles erupted for 29 points and 20 rebounds on Aug. 24 against Seattle, marking her fourth career 20+ point/20+ rebound night, the most by any WNBA player of all-time and the 19th such effort in league history. Fowles earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors for games played between June 21 through June 27 where she averaged 28.0 points on 63.9% shooting, 16.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 4.5 blocks in 39.0 minutes per game. On June 25 in an overtime victory against Las Vegas, she registered a season-high 30 points,14 rebounds, four assists, four steals and four blocks in a season-high 40:29 minutes of play, the first stat line of its kind to ever be recorded in a WNBA game.
Fowles was also selected to the All-WNBA Defensive First Team for the eighth time in her career (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2021). She is a seven-time WNBA All-Star (2009, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021), a four-time Olympic Gold Medalist (2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) and a four-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (2011, 2013, 2016, 2021).