Minnesota’s Sylvia Fowles is Now WNBA’s All-Time Leader in Rebounds

Sylvia Fowles with the Minnesota Lynx in 2016. Photo by Anthony Nesmith/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (5753414bk)

Minnesota Lynx’s center Sylvia Fowles continues to build her Hall of Fame case in Tuesday night’s 90-66 loss to Seattle Storm. Fowles finished the game with 11 boards which got her career number to 3361 and made her WNBA’s all-time leader in rebounds.

Fowles entered the season being No.2 on the all-time rebounding list, needing 25 boards to surpass her former teammate and current Lynx’s assistant Rebekkah Brunson (3,356). After getting 18 rebounds in the season opener over the weekend, Fowles reached the mark late in the second quarter against Storm.

“It still feels surreal at this moment,” said Fowles after the game, “but I think I’ll have time for it to soak in tomorrow and appreciate all the hard work I’ve put in the last 13 [seasons].”

Fowles holds two more WNBA records. She has a record field goal percentage of .593 while also setting the all-time rebound average in a single season in 2018 when she grabbed 11.9 boards per game.

“As far as rebounding, I think it pretty much sums up who I am,” she added. “Growing up, that was me. I was always that defensive player.”

Sylvia Fowles spent the early part of her career with Chicago Sky, winning one WNBA Championship and getting three All-Star appearances between 2008 and 2014. In 2015, Fowles was traded to Minnesota, where she added one more title alongside an MVP award in 2017 and three additional All-Star selections among other achievements.