Lady Vols Pat Summitt & Candace Parker Sweep TSWA Women's Basketball Awards

Candace Parker was named the state's women's basketball player of the year while Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt was named coach of the year.

On the men's side, Vanderbilt's Derrick Byars and coach Kevin Stallings garnered the top awards.

Parker was named player of the year on the women's side for the second straight year. The sophomore was named State Farm Player of the Year and was named Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four as she helped the Lady Vols to the NCAA championship.

Summitt, the winningest basketball coach for men or women, won her seventh national championship when the Lady Vols defeated Rutgers. Summitt guided the Lady Vols to a 34-3 record and top national seed.

Byars helped lead Vanderbilt's resurgence, which included an appearance in the NCAA round of 16. The senior from Memphis was among the league leaders in scoring, three-pointers per game, field goal and field goal percentage, free throw percentage and assists while being named SEC Player of the Year.

Stallings was named the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Commodores to a 22-12 mark and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Vanderbilt overcame a 1-3 start and advanced to the Sweet 16, losing by one-point to eventual runner-up Georgetown. The Commodores defeated six nationally-ranked teams, including national champion Florida, and swept traditional power Kentucky for the second straight season.

The players and coaches of the year will be presented their awards during the annual TSWA Convention in July in Nashville.

Women's Player of the Year:

Candace Parker, University of Tennessee
Sophomore, Forward/Guard/Center, Naperville, Ill.
Parker was the fourth underclassman to win the State Farm Wade Trophy, the women's National Player of the Year award ... was named Most Outstanding Player after averaging 15.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games in the Final Four, leading the Lady Vols to a national championship ... recorded 34 double-digit scoring games (out of 36 total games), including 17 in the NCAA title game vs. Rutgers ... was a consensus first-team All-America player ... averaged 19.6 points and 9.8 rebounds for the season.

Women's Coach of the Year:

Pat Summitt, University of Tennessee
Guided the Lady Vols to a 34-3 record; a 14-0 SEC regular season sweep to claim the SEC regular season title and the tournament's No. 1 seed ... took Tennessee to its 17th NCAA Final Four and claimed the program's seventh NCAA title ... named the SEC Coach of the Year and the WBCA District Coach of the Year.

Story Courtesy: Lady Vols Sports Information


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