Sylvia Fowles’ jersey retired at LSU

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Having the #34 raised to the rafters at LSU had to be a sweet occasion for Sweet Syl.



Prior to the tipoff of the Tigers’ home opener against Southeastern Louisiana at the Maravich Center, Fowles was forever immortalized in LSU history as her #34 was raised to the top of the gym.

Fittingly, Fowles’ #34 was placed alongside the #33 of Seimone Augustus – her Minnesota Lynx teammate and fellow LSU alum.


I’m still sort of in disbelief that I’m going to have my name hanging in the PMAC.


–Sylvia Fowles


I remember my freshman year and coming here and having a little chance to talk to coach (Sue) Gunter when she did make it to practice, we would look at Shaquille O’Neal and Pete Maravich’s jerseys hanging up.


Before Fowles went on to win championships and establish a dynasty with the Lynx, she took the LSU women’s basketball program to four Final Fours. She also set school records for rebounds with 1,570, blocked shots with 321, and made free throws with 494.

All of those are elements to her game that have transitioned virtually seamlessly to the WNBA. In addition to all her accolades, Fowles was also named the W’s regular season MVP as well as Finals MVP for leading her Lynx to a 3-2 series win over the Los Angeles Sparks.

Fowles was also acknowledged during halftime of LSU’s football game against SEC rival Arkansas.


She deserves to be hanging in those rafters.


–Seimone Augustus


I feel like I’m just hitting my prime in my 10th year, which is kind of weird, because a lot of people are starting to wind down. I’m starting to wonder how long I can go.


She will head overseas to play in a Chinese league, but according to an article in the Baton Rouge Advocate, she is already thinking about the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.


I want to do another one. If my health plays out, I think I’ll be on the team. I just have to make sure I’m healthy so I can keep up with this younger generation.


By: Akiem Bailum (@AkiemBailum on Twitter, Instagram)

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