Leading the Chicago Sky to the championship, Candace Parker and Courtney Vandersloot crossed the Best Female Athlete categories at the FanSided Sports Awards.
Thomas Wolfe famously wrote “You Can’t Go Home Again”.
Candace Parker begs to be different.
Parker is the winner of our Best Female Athlete of the Year award for a leading role, and indeed, the award has been obvious. Parker starred at Naperville Central High School, then went out and conquered the world in some of the most famous girls’ basketball locales in the world, from the University of Tennessee to the Los Angeles Sparks, winning championships in both. place.
But Parker decided she wanted to write the end of her story by returning home to Chicago, playing for a Sky team that had made it to the finals but had never tasted the sweetness of a title. So when those final seconds hit, the final whistle sounded, it all felt familiar yet new to Parker.
“I had flashbacks from high school when I first realized we had won the state championship, and it was the same thing,” a cheerful Parker told us after the game. after Chicago finished Phoenix to win the 2021 WNBA title. “It was great just hugging my mom, dad, and my family. It’s such a great feeling to be here and see so many people in the stands who have supported you since you started. ”
The thing about Parker’s career is that she didn’t need this stone to become one of the greatest, most influential players in the history of the sport. In terms of win percentage, she ranks 11th in the history of the WNBA. And that, if any, underscores her influence on this tournament where adults can step out and shoot isn’t just common now, in a way they simply weren’t when Parker arrived. tournament 2008. All recorded. she. All wanted to be her, Rookie of the Year and MVP in her first campaign, Defensive Player of the Year 2020, and now, once again, the defending champion.
Candace Parker and Courtney Vandersloot won Best Female Athlete and Best Female Athlete in Supporting Role at the FanSided Sports Awards
While Courtney Vandersloot is not, like Parker and Augie March, born in Chicago, she has made up for lost time with her relationship with the city. She was even married to Chicago basketball royalty, to her wife, Allie Quigley, a former Joliet and DePaul star before coming to Sky from the great northwest in 2011 and locating the person. defending points since then. Vandersloot was our pick for Best Female Athlete in a Support Role, and if you’ve seen her for even a minute on the field, you’ll understand why.
Vandersloot currently has the most playoffs with double-digit assists in WNBA history, edging past Sue Bird for the post-season marker this past season. Sky couldn’t win the 2021 WNBA championship without Candace Parker, yes, but they couldn’t win it without Courtney Vandersloot either.
As Quigley explained from that happy podium, “We did this for each other. Like a break maybe a month ago, and I feel like we all looked at each other and we said, what are we going to play for. And Candace, the first thing she said, she’s going to play for me. It was so inspiring that she wanted me to win the championship, and I just – it made me want to play harder. And people go around and say who they’re playing for. Ultimately, we all want to play for each other, and that’s what you’ve seen tonight in this whole playoff experience. “
They are all back, too, preparing to enter the tournament again together. Parker, team leader. Vandersloot, conductor. Quigley, dagger.
They all know how special it is, what just happened.
Parker said: “I sent Allie a photo this morning of us when we were in high school. “And it was like, man, not bad for two suburban kids, right, playing in the WNBA Finals together?”
No, Candace. Not bad at all.
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