CHICAGO — Lady Vol For Life Candace Parker shined in the Chicago Sky’s 80-74 WNBA title-clinching win over the Phoenix Mercury.

Parker stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, including the game-tying bucket in the fourth quarter.

Parker won’t be the only former Vol celebrating the win. Player Diamond DeShields and assistant coach Tonya Edwards also share history playing for the Big Orange.

DeShields was at UT from 2015-17, while Edwards started for the Lady Vols from 1986-90, helping the Lady Vols win their first two national championships in 1987 and 1989 and claiming Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors in 1987 as a freshman.

As the clock was winding down, the emotions took over Parker, who won her second WNBA title.

After the game, Parker said “I know Pat’s watching.” in reference to her former coach Pat Summitt.

Edwards joined Chicago Sky head coach James Wade’s staff in March and is celebrating her second WNBA title as an assistant. She won her first WNBA crown with Parker while the two were with Los Angeles in 2016.

This was the Chicago Sky’s first title in franchise history.

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