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Parker, Summitt

Candace Parker decided she’d like to end her highly decorated collegiate career by going out while still in control of the college basketball mountain and thanks to the Lady Vols and their second consecutive National Championship, she is doing just that. Powered by a sterling defensive effort and Parker’s 17-point, 9-rebound effort, Pat Summitt now has her eighth basketball National Championship, a feat that may not ever be repeated.

For Parker — the best player in women’s basketball playing with a bum shoulder — she couldn’t have scripted a better ending to her amateur career. Last night’s title was her second in as many years. Like I said, Tennessee used a stifling defensive attack to hold Stanford, one of the higher scoring teams in the Women’s Tournament, to 48 points.

Final score – 64-48.

Now the focus turns to brilliant career of Pat Summitt. She’s accomplished just about everything a person can in the respective career. She has the aforementioned eight titles, a 983-182 overall record, and the ability to outshine her counterpart for the Tennessee men’s team, Bruce Pearl; never, ever an easy thing to do — unless, you know, you actually get past the Sweet 16 (sorry, low blow).

The question is, can the Lady Vols seriously consider a 3-peat (send my money to Pat Riley) now that Parker will be leaving? However, once you look at the recruiting results and see they already have three of the top 20 players committed, I wouldn’t expect the Lady Vols to miss a beat.