Tennessee forward Candace Parker can play with muscle or grace. She can grab a rebound, dribble the length of the court, elude a defender with a behind-the-back move and finish with a dunk. In fact during the 2006 NCAA Tournament she became the first woman to dunk in a championship college game. Then, for good measure, she ensured her place in basketball lore by becoming the first female player to do it twice in one night.
During her first year at Tennessee as a redshirt freshman in the 2005-06 season, the 6 foot 3 Candace aided the Lady Vols to a 31-5 record, the Southeastern Conference Tournament crown and the NCAA Elite Eight. She was also tabbed the 2006 SEC Rookie of the Year. In 2007 she helped the Lady Vols win a National Title.
Parker was named to the 2006 USA Basketball Senior National Team that competed in the 2006 Opals World Challenge. In 2004, she won a Gold Medal at the Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament.
A product of Naperville, Ill., Parker came to Tennessee as perhaps the most decorated high school player in history. Candace was named Ms. Basketball of Illinois two seasons in a row and she became the first female to win the slam dunk competition at the McDonald’s All-American boys and girls games.
Off the court, Candace earned a spot on her school’s High Honor Roll every semester in high school and is currently enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences at Tennessee. She’s worked with community service organizations such as D.A.R.E, Loaves & Fishes and the Ronald McDonald House.
Smart, strong & beautiful, Candace is truly a Pretty Tough package.
Name: Candace Nicole Parker
Born: April 19, 1986
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO
Siblings: Two older brothers
Role Model: Tamika Catchings