Sylvia Fowles, LSU women’s basketball legend, has been anointed to a different type of legends status. On Monday, Fowles was named to the SEC Women’s Legends Class of 2020.
As one of the most dominant centers in LSU and SEC history, Sylvia was a member of four NCAA Women’s Final Four teams and a two-time All-American selection in 2006 and 2007.
A native of Miami, Florida, she was inducted into the LSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015 and had her jersey retired in 2017.
As a junior, Fowles averaged 16.9 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. She followed that up with a senior year averaging 17.4 points and 10.3 rebounds a game. As a result of her dominant senior season, she was named SEC Player of the Year and the WBCA Defensive Player of the Year.
Fowles completed her 11th season in the WNBA, her fifth with the Minnesota Lynx, and signed a contract extension in 2019. She is the WNBA career leader in double-doubles and finished the season with 163. Fowles is second in the league in career rebounds with 3,332, leads the WNBA in career field goal percentage at 59.3 percent and is fourth in career blocks with 621.
Her WNBA accomplishments and accolades are impressive:
- Six All-Star Game appearances.
- 2 WNBA titles with the Lynx (2015 and 2017).
- WNBA Finals MVP (2015 and 2017).
- 3- time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (2011, 2013, 2016).
- 3-time All-WNBA First Team selection (2010, 2013, 2017).
- 7-time All WNBA Defensive Team selections (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017).
Fowles is training with Team USA for her fourth Olympic Games in Tokyo this year. She has earned three Olympic gold medals in her career: Beijing in 2008, London in 2012, and Rio in 2016.
The SEC Women’s Legends Class of 2020 will be honored at the 2020 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, March 4-8, in Greenville, South Carolina. Fowles will be recognized during halftime of LSU’s first game of the tournament. The SEC will feature her on SECsports.com and via social media on Monday, February 3.
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