Over the course of her life, former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt touched the lives of countless people. In case there was any doubt, it became evidently clear on Tuesday night that Candace Parker is one of them.
After Summitt passed away on Tuesday morning, Parker — a Tennessee alum who played under Summitt from 2005 to 2008 — dropped 31 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists in a win for the Los Angeles Sparks. Parker was asked about Summitt in the postgame interview and she teared up while talking about her former coach.
Many people around the sport took time to remember Summitt and pay tribute to her enormous impact on women’s basketball following her death, but to see it on Parker’s face following the Sparks’ game was a pretty emotional moment for anyone watching. Also, it was just a little extra special considering Parker put up an absolutely stellar performance and dedicated it to the late coach.
Parker was one of the most successful Lady Vols players to flourish under Summitt’s guidance. In addition to various individual awards and statistical milestones, Parker was a key player in helping Summitt win the final two of her eight national championships at Tennessee, earning tournament MVP in both championship runs.