WNBA MVP Candace Parker Reflects on Former Coach Pat Summitt in Emotional Postgame Interview

In this March 19, 2006 photo, Tennessee coach Pat Summitt talks with Candace Parker during their 102-54 win over Army in the first-round of the NCAA tournament in Norfolk, Va. Parker scored 26 points. (Cathy Clarke/News Sentinel)
In this March 19, 2006 photo, Tennessee coach Pat Summitt talks with Candace Parker during their 102-54 win over Army in the first-round of the NCAA tournament in Norfolk, Va. Parker scored 26 points. (Cathy Clarke/News Sentinel)

Candace Parker had an amazing game on Tuesday night to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to an 89-84 win over the Dallas Wings. It was an emotional game for Parker. Pat Summitt passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 64 after battling Alzheimer’s.

In her postgame interview, Parker said she felt inspired by Summitt in her 31-point, 13-rebound, seven-assist performance.

When ESPN’s Holly Rowe asked about how hard it was to play, Parker said:

“It was difficult, but I felt a lot of strength from her and the Lady Vol family. Obviously it was a special night today, and we all played with heavy hearts.”

Rowe asked Parker what it was like to have her teammates hold her up and support her. She replied:

“That’s what we do. That’s what our team is. We’re a family. They know what coach has meant to the game of basketball, and we’ve all acknowledged that. Definitely from here on out, I’m playing for her.”

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SOURCE: WBIR / USA Today – Alysha Tsuji