Thursday, September 14, 2017

Lynx' Fowles Named 2017 WNBA MVP



MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA today announced that Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles was voted as the 2017 WNBA Most Valuable Player. Fowles received 35 votes from a national panel of 40 sportswriters and broadcasters. Her previous highest finish in MVP voting was third in 2011.

“Since Sylvia arrived in Minnesota in 2015, one of her main goals was to grow her game to become a better player in this league,” said Lynx Executive Vice President Roger Griffith. “Her play this season shows the tireless work Sylvia put in that has culminated in her winning this award. We are all proud of the player she has become and know that her strong play will continue throughout the postseason.”
Fowles, the second WNBA Most Valuable Player in Lynx history (Maya Moore 2014), wrapped up her 10th WNBA season, third with Minnesota, by starting all 34 games, averaging a double-double for the fifth time in her career, collecting 18.9 ppg and a club-record 10.4 rpg while adding a career-best 1.5 apg, 1.29 spg and 1.97 bpg in 30.8 mpg. She shot a career-high 65.5%, the fourth-best FG percentage in league history and second-highest by a Lynx player behind Tamika Williams' WNBA-record 66.8% in 2003. Fowles finished the season leading the league in FG accuracy while ranking fifth in scoring, second in rebounding, second in blocks and 12th in steals.

The 6-6 center posted a league-best 12 20/10 efforts in 2017, raising her career total to 52, including 19 double-doubles. Fowles was named Western Conference Player of the Month three times (May, June, July) and earned Player of the Week honors on five occasions. 

“I'm so thrilled that Sylvia was named the 2017 WNBA MVP,” said Head Coach Cheryl Reeve. “She is a special individual who achieved special things on the basketball court this season. It is so fulfilling as a coach to be around a player who is incredibly unselfish and driven to improve for the good of her team. I am proud of the way Syl met the many challenges thrown at her throughout the 2017 season.”
Highlights from Fowles’ 2017 season include pulling down her 2500th career rebound in an 81-72 victory over Atlanta on August 8 as she finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds. She scored the 4000th point of her WNBA career in an 81-66 win against Phoenix on July 16. Fowles totaled 21 points, a season-high 15 rebounds and five blocks vs. Washington on June 23, her second 20+ pts/10+ reb/5+ blk game this year (sixth career) and the third in Lynx history. She registered 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in the May 23 victory vs. Connecticut.

Originally drafted second overall in the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky, Fowles has averaged 15.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 272 career regular season games (263 starts). She was named a WNBA All-Star in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2017 as well as bring named a three-time WNBA Defensive Player of the year (2011, 2013, 2016). Fowles is a three-time All-WNBA First Team selection (2010, 2013, 2017), as well as a five-time All-WNBA Defensive First Team selection (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017).

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lynx players named to WNBA All-Defensive Team



MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA today announced that Lynx center Sylvia Fowles has been named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team while teammates Rebekkah Brunson and Maya Moore were named to the WNBA All-Defensive Second Team. For Fowles, the 2016 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, this is her 7th WNBA All-Defensive First Team selection (2008, 2010-2013, 2016) while Brunson earns her 5th career WNBA All-Defensive Second Team honor and Moore her second such recognition.

Fowles, started all 34 contests for Minnesota this season, averaging 18.9 points, a franchise-record 10.4 rebounds while adding a career-best 1.5 assists, 1.29 steals and 1.97 blocks in 30.8 minutes per game. Fowles finished second in the WNBA in blocks and 12th in steals. She led the WNBA in field goal percentage, shooting a career-best 65.5% from the field, the 4th-best field goal percentage in league history and the 2nd-highest by a Lynx player behind Tamika Williams’ WNBA-record 66.8% in 2003. Fowles also finished 5th in scoring, 2nd in rebounding and 15th in minutes. She was named Western Conference Player of the Month three times (May, June, July) and earned Western Conference Player of the Week honor on five occasions (May 22, May 30, June 12, July 24, Aug. 14). Earlier this season Fowles became the seventh player in league history to reach the 500-block plateau on July 25 vs. New York. She also blocked 3+ shots 12 times this season.

Brunson, a WNBA All-Star this season for the 4th time in her career, averaged 10.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 26.9 minutes per game. She finished the season ranked 14th in the WNBA in rebounding, 24th in steals (1.10 spg) and 25th in field goal accuracy (44.9%). Brunson connected on 34.8% (23-of-66) for her three-point attempts this season, having entered the season 2-of-12 from beyond the arc for her career.

Moore earns her second career WNBA All-Defensive Second Team honor after finishing the 2017 campaign ranking 2nd in the WNBA in steals with a career-best 1.88 steals per game. In 34 contests Moore averaged 17.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 31.3 minutes per game. She shot 44.2% from the floor, 41.2% from three-point range – the 2nd-best percentage of her career – and 85.8% from the free throw line. 

The Lynx tip off their 2017 WNBA Playoffs run tonight by hosting the Washington Mystics at Williams Arena in Game 1 of the WNBA Semifinals. Tip is set for 7:00 p.m. on ESPN. Tickets are available to purchase now at lynxbasketball.com or by calling 612-673-1234, which includes single-game tickets and playoff strips. Playoff strips allow fans to purchase an exact seat location for all home games played during the entire playoff run.

NJCAA Football Top 20 Rankings–Week 3





Colorado Springs, CO-- This week’s NJCAA football rankings were released Tuesday by the NJCAA Football Poll Committee. Arizona Western maintained its seat at the top of the rankings followed by East Mississippi who received three first-place votes.
The next NJCAA football rankings of the regular season will be released Tuesday, Sept. 19. Follow @NJCAA on Twitter to view the rankings as soon as they are released. 
NJCAA Football Top 20 Poll
The NJCAA football poll is conducted by a nine-member committee featuring a representative from each conference and two annually rotating at-large voters. The highest and lowest vote for each team is dropped.
Rank
College (1st Place Votes)
State
Record
Points
Prev
1
Arizona Western (6)
AZ
2-0
138
1
2
East Mississippi (3)
MS
2-0
135
2
3
Trinity Valley
TX
3-0
125
4
4
Iowa Western
IA
3-0
117
7
5
Northwest Mississippi
MS
1-0
108
5
6
Mesa
AZ
2-0
102
6
7
Holmes
MS
2-0
94
9
7
Tyler
TX
2-0
94
7
9
Lackawanna
PA
1-0
76
8
10
Snow
UT
3-0
72
15
11
Garden City
KS
2-1
60
3
12
Central Lakes
MN
2-0
58
14
13
Copiah-Lincoln
MS
2-0
57
17
14
Blinn
TX
2-0
41
NR
15
Independence
KS
2-1
35
RV
15
NEO A&M
OK
1-1
35
11
17
DuPage
IL
3-0
30
RV
18
Georgia Military
GA
1-1
26
13
19
Dodge City
KS
2-1
14
19
20
Monroe College
NY
2-0
8
NR
Others Receiving Votes: Ellsworth (IA); Scottsdale (AZ); Navarro (TX); Highland (KS); Butler (KS); Louisburg (NC)