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Women's Legend Spotlight: Candace Parker

34 days ago
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Candace Parker was a three-time WBCA and Naismith All-American and All-SEC First Team selection at Tennessee from 2005-08, leading the Lady Vols to NCAA national championships in 2007 and 2008, an SEC regular season trophy in 2007 and SEC tournament crowns in 2006 and 2008. She still holds nine UT all-time records, including most dunks in a career (7), season (4) and game (2). Despite playing only three seasons at UT, she remains No. 3 in points (2,137) and No. 8 in rebounds (972) among a bevy of other impressive UT career rankings. Parker was the State Farm Wade Trophy winner in 2007, the ESPN.com and Naismith National Player of the Year in 2008, and the John R. Wooden and U.S. Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008, as well as winning the Honda Sports Award and Honda-Broderick Cup Athlete of the Year honors those seasons as well. She also won ESPYs for Female Athlete of the Year and Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year in 2008 and was SEC Female Athlete of the Year in 2008, Player of the Year in 2007 and SEC Tournament MVP in 2006 and 2008. Before going on to win gold medals with two U.S. Olympic Teams and becoming a league and Finals MVP, a five-time all-star and a league champion with the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, Parker was a four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, a 2007 and 2008 CoSIDA Academic All-American and the 2008 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year. Most recently, she was inducted into the University of Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame in October.