Lynx center Sylvia Fowles was named the Western Conference player of the week for games ending May 28. It is the ninth time Fowles has won the award in her career and her second time with the Lynx; she won the award last week, too.
Fowles is the first player in the Western Conference and the third player overall to win the award in the first two weeks of the season since the inception of the award. The others were in the East – Angel McCoughtry in 2010 and Elena Delle Donne in 2015.
The Lynx were 3-0 in the week, remaining the WNBA’s only unbeaten team and Fowles is a big reason why.
In those three games Fowles averaged 18.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.0 steals. She made 65.6 percent of her shots from the floor and had two double-doubles. She had 21 points in a May 23 victory over Connecticut, becoming the second player in Lynx history to get 20 or more points, 10 or more rebounds and five or more blocks in the same game. In the rematch in Connecticut Fowles had 20 points in 21 minutes. Sunday, in a runaway victory over San Antonio, Fowles scored 14 points with 12 rebounds.
Fowles is sixth in the league in scoring (20.0), second in rebounding (10.7), second in steals (2.0) and second in blocks (2.3).
New York’s Epiphanny Prince was named player of the week in the Eastern Conference. The Lynx play Saturday in Seattle.