Sylvia Fowles this weekend returned to the LSU campus for the first time since graduating in 2009. Now, a part of her legacy there will remain forever.
Fowles, this year's WNBA regular-season and Finals MVP as a member of the Lynx, had her No. 34 retired in a pregame ceremony Sunday afternoon at Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Her number fittingly hangs next to the No. 33 worn by Seimone Augustus, also of the Lynx.
They are the only Lady Tigers to have their numbers retired. Just 12 LSU athletes in any sport have their numbers hanging from the rafters, joining the likes of other LSU greats such as Maravich and Shaquille O'Neal.
“I’m still sort of in disbelief that I’m going to have my name hanging in the PMAC," Fowles said, according to an article posted on the Baton Rouge Advocate website. "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, and we would look at Shaquille O’Neal and Pete Maravich’s jerseys hanging up.
“Maybe one day I can bring my kids back and it would be like, ‘Your mom was good at some point.’"
Fowles reached the Final Four four times with LSU. She set school records for rebounds (1,570), blocked shots (321) and free throws made (494) and attempted (822). She was a first-round draft pick in 2008 by the Chicago Sky before joining Augustus and the Lynx in 2015.
Plus, here's a look at Fowles dunking during her LSU career: