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Happy Birthday - April 19

It's April 19 and we've got a big-time Big Orange birthday to celebrate on Rocky Top! Today we're sending happy birthday wishes to basketball legend Candace Parker



One of the greatest collegiate women's basketball players of all time, Parker played three years for the Lady Vols, winning back-to-back national championships in 2007 and 2008. She was twice named the Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Tournament and she concluded her UT career with a record of 101-10 and averages of 19.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

After forgoing her senior season (Parker graduated with a degree in sport management in 2008), Parker was drafted with the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Sparks. Her professional career has also included time with UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia. She is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist. Her jersey was retired at the University of Tennessee last season. 

Happy birthday, Candace!




Happy Birthday - April 19: Candace Parker

On April 19, we send Happy Birthday wishes to legendary Lady Vols Basketball player Candace Parker

On January 2, the University of Tennessee honored one of the greatest female basketball players of all time, as Candace Parker's jersey was retired in Thompson-Boling Arena. 

Lady Vol Hoops Update



Today's Lady Vol Hoops update brings you a variety of news from the past couple of weeks. Clips include topics involving current players Bashaara Graves, Ariel Massengale and Meighan Simmons; head coach Holly Warlick; head coach emeritus Pat Summitt; former players Candace Parker, Tamika Catchings and Kara Lawson; and even former Vol football player Peyton Manning.


-- Knoxville News Sentinel: Bashaara Graves, Ariel Massengale have golden moments for U.S. hoops
-- The Oklahoman: Competitive family, including sister Meighan, spurs Ryan Simmons to success at OSU

Lady Vol Hoops Update



It's been an active news week in Lady Vol Land.

Holly Warlick talked about raised expectations for her 2013-14 Tennessee team.

UT Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart talked about the upward trajectory of the Tennessee Athletics Department as it has worked its way through a transitional time.

Two newcomers, Mercedes Russell and Jordan Reynolds, are focusing on summer school and off-season conditioning.

There was news, both happy and sad about former UT players.

Lady Vol all-time greats Tamika Catchings, Glory Johnson and Candace Parker were named to the upcoming WNBA All-Star Game on July 27.

Tennessee legend Mary Ostrowski lost her battle with multiple myeloma last Friday. Her celebration of life will be held on July 27 in her hometown of Parkersburg, W.Va.

All-time Tennessee leading scorer and rebounder Chamique Holdsclaws talks about getting her life back on the right track and dealing honestly with some mental health issues.

Below is a collection of stories that cover those topics.

--ASSOCIATED PRESS: Tennessee Lady Vols raise expectations in Holly Warlick's second season

--ASSOCIATED PRESS: Tennessee Vols AD says program on verge of rebound

--INSIDE TENNESSEE ($): Getting to know a new Lady Vol (Mercedes Russell)

--INSIDE TENNESSEE ($): Getting to know a new Lady Vol (Jordan Reynolds)

--SB NATION/ROCKY TOP TALK: 
Offseason Lady Vols news roundup extravaganza

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KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL: UT Lady Vols Hall of Famer Mary Ostrowski, 51, dies


Parker's Balancing Act

Candace Parker does it all. She has two NCAA titles and two Olympic gold medals, and most recently, her UMMC Ekaterinburg team won the 2013 EuroLeague title, where she was named the playoffs' MVP. As arguably the best player in the league, the only thing left on her plate is a WNBA title.

Along with her dedication to the sport, Parker finds a way to balance being a mother, wife and WNBA All-Star. Louisa Thomas of Grantland.com gives an in-depth look at how the 27-year-old and former Lady Vol standout balances her roles.

Grantland.com - Candace Parker Knows What She Wants


WNBA Regular Season Begins

Eight graduates of the University of Tennessee currently are on league rosters, as the 17th WNBA season begins on Friday with the 2012 WNBA champions starting their title defense.

Tamika Catchings and the defending champion Indiana Fever open their 2013 campaign Friday night in San Antonio, while Kara Lawson and the Connecticut Sun host Kamiko Williams and the New York Liberty, and Glory Johnson and the Tulsa Shock travel to face the Atlanta Dream on Saturday. Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks host the Shekinna Stricklen and the Seattle Storm on Sunday, and a big ESPN2 doubleheader is on tap for Monday, May 27 as Michelle Snow and the Washington Mystics meet the Shock (5pm ET) prior to the Chicago Sky taking on Alexis Hornbuckle and the Mercury in Phoenix (7pm ET).

Here are some advances from WNBA.com and other media outlets that feature former Lady Vols.

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25 Things You Need to Know About the WNBA

2013 WNBA.com GM Survey

Catchings, Fever Aiming For Second Straight WNBA Championship

Candace Parker Resumes Chase For First WNBA Title

Laimbeer, new-look Liberty ready for a fresh start

Breaking down the Seattle Storm

What WNBA Cares Week Means to Me

Breaking down the Tulsa Shock

WNBA: General WNBA Are new pieces enough to make the Mystics a playoff team?


Former Lady Vols in the Russian League

Former Lady Vols Candace Parker and Glory Johnson recently finished up the 2013 season in the Russian league where Parker led the UMMC Ekaterinburg to its fifth straight title. Both Parker and Johnson were named to the 2013 All-Russian PBL First Team, while Parker was also honored as the Player of the Year, Center of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Johnson was recognized as the Forward of the Year.

Check out two videos of an inside look at Parker's life overseas and as a mother, as well as other news on the former Lady Vols in Russia.

WNBA (video feature): Parker, WNBA players' lives on and off the court in Russia
WNBA (video feature): Parker's Life as a Mom
FIBA.com: Parker still gives edge to WNBA
Eurobasket.com: Parker, Johnson Earn All-Russian PBL Awards

Happy Birthday - April 19: Candace Parker, Gilbert, Sweeney

On April 19, we send Happy Birthday wishes to legendary Lady Vols basketball player and WNBA star Candace Parker.

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Recent track alums Kirstyn Sweeney and Les Gilbert also celebrate birthdays on April 19. 

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A Look Inside Parker's Life

ESPNW took a look inside a day in the life of former Lady Vol standout Candace Parker, documenting her routine on and off the court.

You can watch how Parker interacts with her family and teammates, and what challenges she faces by clicking the link for the full video.

ESPNW: All Access: Candace Parker

Lady Vol Hoops in the News (Sept. 24, 2012)

Lady Vol Hoops In The News

Freshman Andraya Carter and former Lady Vols Chamique Holdsclaw, Candace Parker and Shekinna Stricklen all made the news this week. Read what's going on with each of them at the links below.

- Scout.com:
Andraya Carter embraces Tennessee

Parker Inspired by Coach Summitt

Candace Parker wrote a letter for ESPNW's blog sharing the guidance Coach Summitt offered during her four years, and how she influenced Parker. You can read the complete story from the link.

ESPNW: Coach Summitt is my Inspiration

UT's Arian Foster & Candace Parker In Disney XD's TRYathlon

Two former Tennessee stars are part of Disney XD's TRYathlon, which begins on August 13. Football player and current Houston Texan Arian Foster along with basketball Olympian and member of the Los Angeles Sparks Candace Parker will compete with Disney stars and lucky fans in the TRYathlon. Foster coaches the Green Team called Kickin' It. Parker will be coaching the Red Team, known as the Lab Rats. Check out a preview and sneak peak heres: 

After a sluggish start, the 2012 USA Basketball Women's National Team (3-0) erased an 11-point deficit and rode a 21-0 run to an eventual 88-63 win over Great Britain in an exhibition contest on Wednesday night in Manchester, England.

Former Lady Vols Tamika Catchings and Candace Parker were once again in the starting lineup for the USA. In 19 minutes of action, Parker knocked down three of six shots from the field and nailed both of her free throw attempts to finish with eight points in a very balanced scoring attack. She added four rebounds and three steals to the cause as well.

Catchings, meanwhile, finished with six points and six boards for the American side in 27 minutes on the hardwood. Displaying her typical versatility and tenacity, she also kicked in five assists and four steals for Team USA.

The USA Women's National Team will next travel to Istanbul, Turkey, where it will take part in its final exhibition contests prior to the Olympic Games. The Americans will play Croatia on Saturday and Turkey on Sunday.

USA Basketball Recap, Box Score, Quotes & Photo Gallery


USA Women's National Team Plays Great Britain Wednesday

After defeating Brazil, 99-67, in an exhibition game in Washington, D.C., on Monday night, the USA Basketball Women's National Team is in Manchester, England, preparing for the another contest.

At 2:10 p.m.  Eastern time (7:10 p.m. local) on Wednesday, the Americans will battle Great Britain in another exhibition game.  The meeting, set for Manchester Arena, will be televised on ESPN2 and shown online on ESPN3.

Former Lady Vols Tamika Catchings and Candace Parker started as forwards for Team USA in Monday night's rout over Brazil.   Catchings tallied eight points on four-of-seven shooting and added three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a pair of blocks in 20 minutes of action. Parker, meanwhile, chipped in four points, six boards, three assists, a steal and a block in 17 minutes of duty.

To read more about the USA Basketball Women's National Team, see a photo gallery or view quotes from Catchings and Parker, please click on the link below. There's also a link for live stats for Wednesday's match-up.

USA Men's And Women's National Teams Arrive In Manchester

LIVE STATS: USA vs. Great Britain

 

USA Basketball Women's National Team Set For Exhibition

Former Tennessee standouts Tamika Catchings and Candace Parker are members of the USA National Women's Basketball Team. After practices on Saturday and Sunday at American University in Washington, D.C., the Lady Vol alums and their U.S. teammates are set for an exhibition game on Monday night.

The American squad will take on Brazil at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time at the Verizon Center in D.C. ESPN2 will televise the game as well as the men's tilt between the USA and Brazilian National Teams that follows at 8 p.m.

The practices and exhibitions are preparing the U.S. women's squad for action in the upcoming Olympic Games in London. Catchings, who played for the American side in 2004 and 2008, will be trying to win her third gold medal. Parker is seeking her second gold, having played on the winning squad in 2008.

- USA Basketball Press Release: USA Basketball Women's National Team Kicks Off Training Camp
- USA Basketball Schedule: 2012 USA Basketball Women's National Team Schedule & Results
- USA Roster/Bios: 2012 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team Roster/Bios




Tennessee Has Difference-Makers In ESPNW Title IX Timeline

If you haven't seen ESPNW's Title IX timeline, take a few minutes and see the impact Tennessee has had on women's athletics over the past 40 years. In Step By Step: A 40-Year Timeline Of Memorable Moments, those with Lady Vol ties are chronicled in the years 1999, 2004 and 2005. Click on the link below to see who was highlighted for making an impact.

ESPNW: A 40-Year Timeline Of Memorable Moments.

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