Sylvia Fowles is WNBA’s all-time leading rebounder

Sylvia Fowles has had a great career, and she’s now the WNBA’s all-time leading rebounder.

The Minnesota Lynx lost to the Seattle Storm 90-66 on Tuesday night. Lynx center Sylvia Fowles posted the 165th double-double of her career with 15 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort and reached a milestone along the way.

With her seventh rebound of the game, late in the second quarter, Fowles reached 3,357 career rebounds. She’s now the WNBA‘s all-time leading rebounder, passing current Lynx assistant coach Rebekka Brunson. Among the league’s top-10 all-time rebounders, Fowles is one of three who are currently active (Candice Dupree and Candace Parker).

Fowles was the No. 2 pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft out of LSU by the Chicago Sky. She played her first seven seasons in Chicago, before sitting out the early part of the 2015 season to force a trade. She was acquired by the Lynx in July of 2015, five years ago this week as she reached her rebounding milestone.

How has Sylvia Fowles continued to make an impact in the WNBA?

Fowles entered Tuesday with career averages of 15.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Earlier in the day, she spoke of her acumen as a rebounder.

“As far as rebounding, I think it pretty much sums up who I am,” the 6-foot-6 Fowles said earlier Tuesday. “Growing up, that was me. I was always that defensive player.”

Fowles has career averages of 15.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. She is a six-time All-Star, with a league MVP in 2017 and two championships (2015 and 2017) with the Lynx.

Fowles has had a long career in the WNBA, which is surely winding down as she considers her physical state and overall motivation to play each year at 34 years old. She has also been mostly underappreciated, so becoming the all-time leading rebounder in league history will put some worthy spotlight on her.