ISTANBUL (2010 FIBA World Championship for Women) - USA center Sylvia Fowles is getting ready to embark on her third EuroLeague Women season but this time with a new team.
After helping Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje capture two straight European titles, Fowles has moved to Istanbul club Galatasaray.
When she arrived at Sparta&K ahead of the 2009 European title-winning campaign, Fowles did so as an Olympic champion.
This time, Fowles will join Gala as a newly-crowned world champion.
On October 3, she received the perfect present – a gold medal – three days before her 25th birthday.
Looking back at the FIBA World Championship for Women, Fowles remembers being a member of a dominant team but admits she was nowhere near as dominant a player as she had been in the past.
“Health wise, I was 100%,” said Fowles.
“Just going out there and performing is a whole different thing. I wanted to do more and I felt like I could do more, but it’s different when your body says something different.”
Fowles averaged 8.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in the Czech Republic where the USA won all nine of their games but wasn’t on the court as much as she would have liked.
“It was a test because I was used to being on the floor, but sitting back and watching your teammates is a humbling experience,” Fowles said.
“It also gives you confidence to get back to where you want to be.”
Fowles needed to have her knee looked at by doctors after her WNBA campaign with the Chicago Sky.
“I got my right knee re-scoped and had a cyst removed,” she said.
“That’s what caused me to be out for three weeks.
“It was nagging, nothing too serious.
“I wanted to get it looked at before I went overseas or started with USA Basketball.
“If it was something I needed to get fixed, it was something I wanted to do now rather than later to prevent problems in the long run.
“Now I’m back to 100%.”
And that is good news for Galatasaray, who are expecting big things from Fowles in both Turkey and the EuroLeague Women. FIBA