No. 5 Lady Vols honoring Parker, opening SEC play

UT to call all teams Volunteers, phase out 'Lady' for women's (Image 1)
UT to call all teams Volunteers, phase out 'Lady' for women's (Image 1)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee opens Southeastern Conference play Thursday by honoring one of the greatest players in the league's history.

Candace Parker, who led Tennessee to consecutive national titles in 2007 and 2008, will have her No. 3 jersey retired in a ceremony before the fifth-ranked Lady Vols (11-1) host No. 16 LSU (10-2).

Parker, the reigning WNBA most valuable player and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, will join Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick (No. 22), Chamique Holdsclaw (No. 23), Tamika Catchings (No. 24), Bridgette Gordon (No. 30) and Daedra Charles (No. 32) as former Tennessee players to have their jerseys retired. Former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt also has a banner raised in her honor.

Warlick and LSU coach Nikki Caldwell were assistants on Summitt's staff during Parker's college career.

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