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Candace Parker and the Sky send off Sylvia Fowles in style

Lynx star Sylvia Fowles received a gift from Candace Parker’s mother after Sunday’s game. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Sylvia Fowles made her final regular-season appearance in Chicago on Sunday. While the Lynx fell to the Sky behind a game-sealing dagger from Courtney Vandersloot, the contest still held special meaning for Fowles, who is set to retire at the end of the season.

The matchup served as a homecoming for Fowles, who was selected second overall by the Chicago Sky in the 2008 WNBA draft. The 36-year-old played with Chicago for seven seasons before joining the Minnesota Lynx in 2015.

The Sky celebrated Fowles’ final stop at Wintrust Arena. Ahead of the game, Chicago presented Fowles with a framed Sky jersey with her name and number, as well as a recliner and a knitting kit to help her relax in her retirement. The team also played a video tribute for the star center.

After the game, Fowles received a personal gift from Candace Parker’s mom. Sara Parker appeared to present the Lynx icon with a scrapbook after the game. Fowles and Parker have a storied rivalry that dates back to their days at LSU and Tennessee, respectively, when they battled it out in the SEC.

Vandersloot, who played with Fowles in Chicago from 2011-2014, also paid tribute to her after Sunday’s contest, telling reporters that Fowles “laid the foundation” for the Sky.

“She was one the originals when I was here, and she was young, and she was all about winning,” said Vandersloot of Fowles. “Her intensity taught me a lot. She just wanted to win at all costs, and I think that’s what makes her really, really special is that she’ll do anything for the team, anything to win, and everywhere she goes, she wins, and she’ll continue that after her career.”