Lady Vol Candace Parker Will Participate In Senior Day Activites Next Week

Tickets are going fast to the final two Lady Vol basketball home games. The University of Tennessee ticket office announced on Thursday that as of 3 p.m., 18,937 tickets had been sold for the Mississippi State game and 14,458 for Florida.

Mississippi State (TV: SportSouth) visits Thompson-Boling Arena on Sun., Feb. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Florida comes to “The Summitt” on Thurs., Feb. 28 (no TV) for a 7 p.m. tip-off. MSU (18,937) and UF (14,458).

The contest with the Gators will be “Senior Night” and Tennessee will be paying tribute to seniors Nicky Anosike, Alberta Auguste, Shannon Bobbitt, Alexis Hornbuckle and Candace Parker prior to tip-off.

In their four years playing in an orange uniform, Anosike and Hornbuckle have guided the Lady Vols to a combined 118-15 record entering tonight’s game at Alabama. During that time, the Lady Vols have claimed two SEC tournament championships (2005, 2006), the SEC regular season championship (2007) and the program’s seventh NCAA championship (2007).

Anosike needs one point to reach the 1,000-point plateau for her career and with four more steals, Hornbuckle will break Bridgette Gordon’s 19-year old school record (333) for career thefts. Bobbitt and Auguste joined the Tennessee program prior the 2006-07 campaign, becoming the first two junior college players to play for Pat Summitt since Zandra Montgomery in 1977.

Parker, a junior in eligibility after red-shirting her freshman season, announced Wednesday that she has decided to forego her senior year of basketball and graduate with the classmates with whom she came to Tennessee.

“This was the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make, but my family and I think this is the best choice for me,” said Parker. “I greatly appreciate the opportunity that the University of Tennessee and Pat Summitt allotted me during my four years in college. I’ve been blessed with great coaches and teammates, an outstanding education and the best women’s basketball crowd support in the country. I will miss Tennessee, but I am eager to take this next step in my career.”

On Feb. 7, Tennessee used a come-from-behind effort to defeat Mississippi State in Starkville, 87-69. The Bulldogs are 15-11 entering tonight’s matchup at South Carolina.

The Big Orange routed Florida, 80-58 last season, but it was the Gators who spoiled senior night in 2006, winning in overtime, 95-93. Under new head coach Amanda Butler, Florida is 16-10 this season and hosts South Carolina on Sunday.

The Tennessee women’s basketball team leads the nation in attendance by almost 5,000 fans per game, with an average of 15,397 people attending the 13 home tilts this season. For tickets to either of the final two home contests, contact the UT ticket office at 865-656-HOOP or visit Doors will open at 1:00 p.m. for the 2:30 p.m. game with Mississippi State.

Story Courtesy: UT Lady Vols Sports Information

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