WNBA: Lynx's Reeve, Fowles honored
MINNEAPOLIS--Minnesota head coach Cheryl Reeve was voted the WNBA Coach of the Year and Lynx center Sylvia Fowles was named the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year.
MINNEAPOLIS-Minnesota head coach Cheryl Reeve was voted the WNBA Coach of the Year and Lynx center Sylvia Fowles was named the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year.
This is Reeve's second coach of the year honor, having received the award in 2011.
Under Reeve's 7-year tutelage, the Lynx have complied 155 wins over the last six seasons, the most prolific six-year run in WNBA history, and won three WNBA Championships (2011, 2013 and 2015) in a five-year span.
Finishing the 2016 season at 28-6, Minnesota registered its fifth 25-win campaign in the last six years and became the first WNBA franchise to win 27 games in a season three separate times.
Since taking over in 2010, Reeve's .706 winning percentage (168-70) ranks first in league history. She is one of three coaches to win more than 60 percent of their games (Van Chancellor, .655; Michael Cooper, .616).
This is Fowles' third defensive player of the year honor, joining Tamika Catchings (five) and Sheryl Swoopes (three) as the only players to win the award at least three times.
The first WNBA Defensive Player of the Year in Lynx history, Fowles wrapped up her ninth WNBA season, second with Minnesota, by starting all 34 games for the first time since 2011, averaging 13.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.79 blocks and 1.32 steals in 28.5 mpg.
Behind Fowles, the Lynx led the WNBA in defensive rating (96.4) and ranked second in opponent field goal percentage (41.7) and points allowed (77.0 ppg). Fowles completed the season ranked fourth in rebounding, fourth in blocks and 11th in steals, finishing as the league's only player to finish in the top 12 in all three categories.
Fowles shot 59.5 percent from the field, the second-best percentage in franchise history and fourth-highest in the WNBA this season, and hit 71.7 percent from the line.