With all the new faces on the Minnesota Lynx, it was Sylvia Fowles’ familiar role as the anchor in the paint that the team could count on in the 2020 WNBA season. However, her season came to a halt just seven days into the season in Bradenton, Fla. The veteran center suffered a calf injury that would sideline her indefinitely and changed her role for the remainder of the season.
Although Fowles’ season was cut short, that didn’t stop her from breaking a WNBA record in the few games that she was able to play. On July 28th, Fowles recorded her 3,357th-career rebound, passing Lynx Assistant Coach Rebekkah Brunson on the leaderboards.
Following the game, the new WNBA All-Time Leading Rebounder met with media and said, “Such an unbelievable moment. I’m very happy with how this panned out, and I’m happy I had a chance to honor BB for all the work that she put in. Sorry BB that I had to break your title, but that’s just what it is.”
After the Lynx clinched their tenth consecutive playoff appearance, news broke that the dominant center would returning to play with the team. Fowles was only able to play one game in a return injury before the nagging injury returned.
What was supposed to be a season filled with Sylvia Fowles leading the team on the court, she ended up doing it off the court. Her leadership didn’t go unnoticed and was absolutely needed in the “Wubble” this year.