She was the favorite among many W pundits to win the award – and on Thursday night prior to the Lynx’s Game 2 at home against the Washington Mystics, Sylvia Fowles was named 2017 WNBA Most Valuable Player.
It is the first MVP award in the ten-year career of “Sweet Syl.” A few years ago, MVP honors were bestowed upon her Minnesota teammate Maya Moore.
The award was voted on by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters in which Fowles won 35 of 40 first place votes.
That is an accomplishment in and of itself which means there’s a broad consensus on who she is and what she’s done.
–WNBA President Lisa Borders
After opening remarks by WNBA President Lisa Borders, who was on hand to do the honors, one can tell the honors meant a lot to Fowles who was visibly emotional at the press conference.
It’s just a proud moment. All your hard work over the last 10 years, it finally paid off.
She averaged over 18 points and 10 rebounds and led Minnesota to a 27-7 mark in the regular season. Fowles also had a major imprint in the Lynx’s Game 2 victory over the Washington Mystics with 25 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and four blocks.
It’s a proud moment for me to be standing here—to be named 2017 MVP.
(Video Credit: WNBA)