Knoxville, Tenn. (AP/WVLT) -- Tennessee has retired Candace Parker's jersey, making the reigning WNBA most valuable player the seventh Lady Vol to receive the honor.
The fifth-ranked Lady Vols hung Parker's No. 3 jersey from the Thompson-Boling Arena rafters Thursday night before their game with No. 16 LSU. Parker, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a member of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, led Tennessee to consecutive national titles in 2007 and 2008. Candace thanked her mentor and Lady Vol legend Pat Summitt as well as her other coaches and fellow teammates. She also thanked the loyal Lady Vol fans telling them, " I will always bleed orange, always."
Parker joins 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. Parker attended Summitt's banner-raising ceremony last year.