Fast Facts

  • Two-time national high-school player of the year (2003 and 2004).
  • Won the slam dunk contest at the 2004 McDonald's High School All-America game beating several future NBA players.
  • Became the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game in 2006.
  • Won a bronze medal as part of the U.S. national team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women.
  • Led the University of Tennessee to consecutive NCAA titles in 2007 and 2008.
  • Won the Final Four MVP in both 2007 and 2008.
  • Named to the Final Four All-Tournament team in both 2007 and 2008.
  • Picked No. 1 overall by the Los Angeles Sparks in the 2008 WNBA Draft.
  • Set a record for points scored in a WNBA debut (34 on May 17, 2008) and narrowly missed becoming the first rookie to notch a triple-double (34 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists). 
  • Became the second woman ever to dunk in a WNBA game on June 22, 2008---the first was L.A. Sparks teammate Lisa Leslie in 2002.
  • An active volunteer, she commits time to various charitable organizations, including March of Dimes, Ronald McDonald House, PETA and Loves & Fishes.


  • Sara Parker — Mother
  • Lailaa Nicole Williams — Daughter
  • Anthony Parker — Brother
  • Shelden Williams — Husband (separated)
  • Larry Parker — Father
  • Marcus Parker — Brother


  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, United States (BA in Sport Management, 2008)


  • Birth Name: Candace Nicole Parker
  • Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
  • Profession: Professional basketball player

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