They say numbers don’t lie and they don’t need to when it comes to Sylvia Fowles.
A month into the season, the 6-foot-6 F/C is dominating the league and the WNBA’s MVP talk. Fowles is averaging 20.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, both second-best in the WNBA.
Fowles shares the league lead in steals with the Sparks’ Alana Beard (2.1 per game) while ranking fourth in blocks (1.7) and shooting a league-leading 65.4 percent from the field. She scored at least 20 points in six of seven games until being held to 12 last time out in 9-1 Minnesota’s first loss of the season, to Connecticut.
Fowles is the player the Washington Mystics (7-4) must stop Friday (ESPN2/WatchESPN, 8 p.m. ET) at the Xcel Energy Center. The Lynx used to be a ball movement, high-post, screen-and-slash team with Augustus, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen. Now their offense runs inside-out, with Fowles as the focal point.
“I’ve never seen her this aggressive, and I’ve known her for over 10 years,” Augustus said inside the team’s video theater at the Mayo Clinic Square practice facility. “The things that she’s doing now are the things we wanted her to do in college, and we might have had two championships if it happened back then.