It was an emotional night for former Tennessee Lady Vol Candace Parker as she won her first WNBA title.
Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 77-76 in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals. Immediately after the game, Parker only had one thing to say to ESPN’s Holly Rowe.
“This is for Pat,” Parker said, crying.
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Parker’s former coach, Pat Summitt, died in June after being diagnosed in 2011 with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
It was a touching tribute from the former Tennessee player, and it was a performance that would have made Summitt proud. Parker had 28 points and 12 rebounds in the win and won Finals MVP.
Later, during the trophy presentation, Parker had more kind words to say about her former coach.
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