Debate: These four faces belong on the LSU Tigers Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore features four former U.S. Presidents who represent significant events in history. If there was a Mount Rushmore in Baton Rouge, it should feature these four faces carved into stone.
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It is easy to plug another LSU football legend into the Tigers Mount Rushmore, but we must consider the university’s women’s sports history. As such, the question arose: what does being the first in one’s field mean?

In search of an LSU women’s sports trailblazer, we immediately landed on women’s basketball legend Sylvia Fowles.

LSU Tigers Mount Rushmore face No. 4: Sylvia Fowles

One can argue former LSU women’s basketball coach Sue Gunther put the Tigers on the sport’s map. However, such is impossible without the contributions of Sylvia Fowles.

Fowles was before her time, starting at center for the LSU women’s basketball team in four seasons in Baton Rouge. As a freshman, she started all 36 games and enabled LSU’s trip to the women’s final four in 2004. Fowles repeated her efforts in 2005 and 2006, including All-American honors in 2006.

Moreover, Fowles became the sixth women’s college basketball player to dunk in a basketball game in November 2007.

I write much about the rising popularity of women’s college basketball because of the current personalities and storylines. Indeed, Fowles was a superstar worthy of the current women’s college basketball headlines and NIL valuation given her skills and collegiate highlights.

Fowles finished her collegiate career as a first-team All-SEC freshman, multi-year All-SEC team selection, and first-team All-American, to name a few accolades. After departing Baton Rogue, she became the second overall pick in the 2008 WNBA draft and led the Chicago Sky to two championships.

Fowles’ No. 34 jersey is retired by the LSU women’s basketball team.

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