Originally posted on WNBA.com  |  Last updated 10/1/11
NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2011 - Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles was named the 2011 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, the league announced today. Fowles received 19 out of 40 votes, one more than the runner-up, Indiana Fever forward and four-time Defensive Player of the Year Tamika Catchings (18). Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles (2) and Sky guard Epiphanny Prince (1) received the remaining votes. The WNBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Month for August and a three-time Conference Player of the Week winner, Fowles led the league in blocks (2.0 bpg) for the second straight year. She also shared the league lead in defensive rebounds (7.3 drpg) and ranked second in overall rebounding (10.2 rpg) and double-doubles (22). Equally adept on the offense, Fowles finished third in the league in scoring (20.0 ppg), becoming only the second player in league annals to average 20 points and 10 rebounds in a season - Chamique Holdsclaw (20.5 ppg and 10.9 rpg) for Washington in 2003. ...
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