Injured Parker Leads Lady Vols to Final Four

Tennessee to face conference rival LSU in national semi-final
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2008 11:24 PM CDT
Tennessee forward Candace Parker (3) struggles with Texas A&M forward Patrice Reado (24) and Danielle Gant, center, for a rebound during the second half.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
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(Newser) – Candace Parker dislocated her left shoulder but was able to return to the game and lead Tennessee into the women’s Final Four with a 53-45 victory over Texas A&M. Parker left the game twice in the first half because of the injury, but returned midway through the second and helped the Lady Vols overcome a deficit, reports the Associated Press.

Parker scored only eight of her 26 points after the break, but Tennessee’s stout defense shut down the Aggies, holding them scoreless for a five-minute stretch. It is the sixth Final Four appearance in seven years for Pat Summit’s squad, which will have to get by Southeastern Conference rival LSU if they hope to repeat as national champions.