In leading the Lady Vols to two consecutive national championships, Parker was named the Final Four's most outstanding player in both occasions, and was a two-time consensus national player of the year.Parker has won a WNBA championship (2016), two WNBA Most Valuable Player Awards (2008, 2013), WNBA Finals MVP Award (2016), WNBA All-Star Game MVP (2013), two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012), and the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award (2008).
Parker started for the Tennessee Lady Vols during the 2005-06 season.On March 19, 2006, in an NCAA tournament first round game against Army, she became the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game, then became the first woman to dunk twice in an NCAA tournament game.In high school, Parker won the 20 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year awards, becoming just the second junior and the only female to receive the award twice.A versatile player, Parker mainly plays the forward position; while in college, she was listed on Tennessee's roster as a forward, center, and guard.Parker has been selected to six All-WNBA teams and three All-Star teams, and was the first player to win the Rookie of the Year and the WNBA Most Valuable Player Award in the same season.
Parker was born on April 19, 1986 to Sara and Larry Parker in St. She has two older brothers: Anthony Parker, who is a former NBA basketball player, and Marcus Parker, who is a doctor.
Her whole family loved basketball, and she began playing at an early age.
Her father played basketball at the University of Iowa in the 1970s.
She was the SEC Rookie of the Year (Coaches and AP) and helped the Lady Vols win the 2006 SEC tournament championship.
With 17 seconds remaining in the SEC tournament championship game against LSU, Parker hit the game-winning shot.
The Parker family were also huge Chicago Bulls fans.