Fowles Set for WNBA vs. USA Basketball Game
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Former LSU All-American center Sylvia Fowles will play for the USA Basketball National Team in the WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun Game at 2:30 p.m. CDT on ESPN before a sold-out crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Fowles, a member of the Chicago Sky, will be joined on Team USA by Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Swin Cash (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut Sun), Maya Moore (University of Connecticut), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) and Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty).
This marks the second time a USA National Team will go against a team comprised of WNBA standouts. Prior to the 2004 Olympic Games the U.S. faced a team comprised of WNBA players in an exhibition game at Radio City Music Hall. LSU head coach Van Chancellor was the victorious coach in that contest prior to going on to win the gold medal in Athens.
Fowles is coming off her second WNBA Player of the Week honor after averaging 24 points and 11.5 rebounds in her last two contests. Fowles was a 2009 WNBA All-Star and became the third player in league history to dunk in the game.
Fowles and Seimone Augustus were key members of the 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medal team. Her other previous USA Basketball experience came as a member of the USA Senior National Team in 2007.
Team USA will scrimmage the Australian National Team on Sunday before players report back to their respective WNBA teams.
Fowles is averaging 19.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game for the Sky, including 26 points and a career-high-tying 18 rebounds in a loss to the Indiana Fever on Tuesday night. She had 15 points and nine boards in the third quarter, setting a franchise record for rebounds in a quarter.