Fowles honored as top defensive player

Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles has been named the WNBA's Defensive Player of the Year for the 2011 season.

In voting by a nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, Fowles received 19 out of 40 votes, one more than Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, who won the honor last season. Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles (2) and Sky guard Epiphanny Prince (1) received the remaining votes.

Fowles led the league for the second straight year in blocks per game (2.0), and ranked second overall in rebounds (10.2 rpg) and double-doubles (22).

She also averaged 20 points per game, and her eight straight double-doubles from August 7-28 set a WNBA single-season record.