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No. Louis, Missouri. Nationality. American. Listed height. 6 ft 4 in (1. Listed weight. 17.
Career information. High school. Naperville Central (Naperville, Illinois)College. Tennessee (2. 00. Wooden Award (2. 00.
Wade Trophy (2. 00. Honda Sports Award for basketball (2. Honda- Broderick Cup (2.
Parker is the younger sister of former NBA player Anthony Parker and was the first overall pick in the 2. WNBA Draft. In high school, Parker won the 2.
Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year awards, becoming just the second junior and the only female to receive the award twice. A versatile player, Candace mainly plays the forward position, but while in college, she was listed on Tennessee's roster as a forward, center, and guard. She also became only the second player to dunk in a WNBA game on June 2.
Wooden Awards (2. NCAA Women's Basketball Championships (2. Illinois High School Association state championships (2. Parker has also been selected to six All- WNBA teams and three All- Star teams. Parker won the 2. Teen Choice Awards as the favorite female athlete in the sports category, and was a guest star on various Nickelodeon Shows, such as Figure It Out and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn. Parker became the first player to win the Rookie of the Year and the WNBA Most Valuable Player Award in the same season.
Early life. She has two older brothers: Anthony Parker, who is a former NBA basketball player, and Marcus Parker, who is a doctor. Her father played basketball at the University of Iowa in the 1. The Parker family were also huge Chicago Bulls fans. Candace was worried about playing basketball, fearing she would not live up to the level of play her father and brother demonstrated, so she focused on playing soccer. It wasn't until the eighth grade that her family convinced her to play basketball.
Her father helped coach and critique her. Parker said of the experience, . If me and my dad went to a park and he didn't think I was practicing hard enough, he'd just get in the car and leave. And I'd have to run home. Once I figured that out, I'd always try to go to close- by- parks. While in high school, Parker led her basketball team to Class AA state titles in 2. She is the only two- time award winner of the USA Today High School Player of the Year, winning the award in 2.
Parker also won the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award and Gatorade Female Basketball Player of the Year Award in 2. In 2. 00. 4 she was named Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year, WBCA All- American and Mc. Donald's All- American. She participated in the 2. WCBA All- America Game where she scored 9 points.
On November 1. 1, Parker announced her commitment to Tennessee on ESPNEWS, becoming the first women's player to announce the oral commitment live on ESPNEWS. On December 2. 9, Parker returned to action for Naperville Central and a few months later, led her team to its second consecutive state title. On March 2. 9, 2. Parker won the slam dunk contest at Mc. Donald's All- American Game, becoming the first female to win the event and beating the likes of Josh Smith and J. Smith. In August 2. Parker led the undefeated USA Junior World Championship team to a gold medal with 1.
While training, Parker had a relapse of knee pain and was required to undergo surgery both the lateral meniscus and the lateral articular cartilage in her left knee. College. On February 1.
Tennessee announced Parker would redshirt her first season due to a knee injury. Freshman Year. On March 1. NCAA tournament first round game against Army, she became the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game, then became the first woman to dunk twice in an NCAA tournament game.
With 1. 7 seconds remaining in the SEC tournament championship game against LSU, Parker hit the game- winning shot. She was named tournament MVP and was named to the 2. Kodak All- America team, making her one of the few to ever receive the award as a freshman.
However, in the NCAA tournament regional finals against North Carolina, Parker got in early foul trouble and was out of the game for much of the first half, Tennessee ultimately lost the game. Parker was the only college player named to the USA squad for the 2. FIBA World Championship for Women in Brazil. The USA squad finished in third place.
Sophomore Year. She did it in 5. Chamique Holdsclaw's mark of 5. Tamika Catchings's of 5. On March 1, at the SEC tournament in Duluth, Georgia, Parker was named the 2. SEC Player of the Year.
On April 3, she led the Lady Vols to their first National Championship victory since 1. Rutgers 5. 9. She graduated with her incoming class in May 2. She was also named the Most Outstanding Player for the second consecutive tournament, joining Cheryl Miller, Chamique Holdsclaw and Diana Taurasi as the only female players to have done so.
She won the honor despite suffering a dislocated shoulder during her team's regional finals win, but returned and led the Lady Vols to the title. While at Tennessee, she compiled a record of 1. Tennessee statistics. She played alongside Olympic teammates Lisa Leslie and De. Lisha Milton- Jones.
Shannon Bobbitt, Parker's teammate at Tennessee, joined the Sparks after being drafted in the second round. Her 3. 4 points broke the record for a rookie in a debut game. The record was previously held by Cynthia Cooper, who scored 2. The dunk was on the same basket as the dunk of Lisa Leslie. On June 2. 4, 2. 00. WNBA career, during a regulation game against the Seattle Storm.
Parker was selected to go, and the US team cruised with 8 straight victories to win the gold medal. Parker averaged 9. By this time, the Sparks acquired Tina Thompson and Betty Lennox to help carry the team during Parker's absence. On June 3. 0, Parker returned to practice with her teammates for the first time.
Parker was named to the All- WNBA second team and All- Defensive second team despite missing almost a full month, due to her maternity leave. She had averaged a career- low in scoring but led the league in rebounding by the end of the season.
Parker helped the Sparks get to the Western Conference Finals, but lost in three games to the eventual champions, the Phoenix Mercury. In the playoffs, Parker averaged 1. In 2. 01. 0, Parker played only 1. During the seventh game, with 5: 5. Parker went down after grabbing a defensive rebound and making brief contact with Quanitra Hollingsworth. After getting an MRI on June 2. She had been voted as an All- Star during the season, but the injury would cause her to miss the 2.
WNBA All- Star Game. In the first round, they beat the San Antonio Stars two games to none. In the Western Conference Finals, against the Minnesota Lynx, the Sparks lost two games to none, while Parker scored 3.
Parker was very emotional following the loss, hugging her mother Sara with tears. On July 2. 7, 2. 01. Parker played in her first All- Star game. She scored 2. 3 points and grabbed 1. West and was named WNBA All- Star MVP.
The Sparks finished with the same record (2. On September 1. 9, Parker was named the 2. WNBA Most Valuable Player. Parker became the fifth player to earn multiple WNBA MVP awards, joining Lisa Leslie (3), Sheryl Swoopes (3), Lauren Jackson (3) and Cynthia Cooper (2). The Sparks faced the Phoenix Mercury in the Western Conference Semifinals.
In game one, at Staples Center, the Sparks lost, forcing them to win in game two, at Phoenix to stay in the series. In game two, Parker scored 3.
Sparks to a win, bringing the series back to L. A. In a nailbiter, the Sparks lost on a last second jumper by Phoenix rookie Brittney Griner, ending the Sparks' season by one point for the second straight year.
Ownership and Coaching Changes. For a brief time, the Sparks future in Los Angeles was in some jeopardy. Despite major uncertainty, a month later the team was purchased by an investment group including Magic Johnson, with promises of bringing a championship to Los Angeles. The team went into the All- Star break with an unexpected 1. Immediately after the break, head coach Carol Ross was let go and General Manager and former player, Penny Toler, assumed the position of coach for the remainder of the season. Parker led her team to finish with a 1.
Despite enormous effort from her in the series, they lost 7. Parker averaged 1. Break and Breakout Return.
Prior to the season, Brian Agler was hired as the Sparks' new head coach. Parker returned to the Sparks after the All- Star break on July 2. Despite missing more than half of the season, she filled the box score like no player ever had before. In 1. 6 regular- season games, Parker set a career high of 6. WNBA history have matched; all except Parker were guards.
Additionally, she averaged 1. Her unbelievable performance earned her the Western Conference Player of the Month for August. The Sparks had been struggling with a 3. However, Parker managed to lead her team to the number 4 seed with a 1. The team put up incredible effort against the number 1 seed, Minnesota Lynx in the series, losing game one by only 2 points.
In game two, Parker had 2. Sparks past the Lynx 8. Despite leading all scorers with 2. Parker couldn't help her team in game three as they lost to the Lynx 9. Parker was named a part of the 2. All- WNBA Second Team. However, in late June, Parker's college coach and mentor, Pat Summitt, died at the age of 6.
Alzheimer's disease. That night, against the Dallas Wings, Parker had an incredible performance in the second half, finishing the game with 3. In an emotional post- game interview, she dedicated the season to Pat. With a supporting cast of Nneka Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver, the Sparks were a championship contender in the league, finishing 2. With the WNBA's new playoff format in effect, the Sparks were the number 2 seed in the league with a double- bye to the semi- finals (the last round before the WNBA Finals) facing the Chicago Sky.
The Sparks defeated the Sky 3. This finals series proved to be the best the WNBA had ever seen, with Parker being at the forefront of the Sparks' success.
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