Lady Vols In The WNBA Update: July 8

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The WNBA heads into the All-Star break July 8-11, with Candace Parker appearing in what could be her seventh and final WNBA All-Star Game after hinting in May she might retire at the conclusion of the current season.
 
The 2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game 2022 will be held in Chicago at Wintrust Arena on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ABC. Since Parker is a standout for the Chicago Sky and went to high school in the Windy City suburb of Naperville, it is certain to be a very special occasion for the Lady Vol great, her family and a legion of fans.
 
Sunday’s game will be the centerpiece of a weekend full of WNBA action, which will also include a three-point contest & skills challenge on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET that will be televised by ESPN.
 
Parker (2004-08), who is still performing at a very high level, and assistant coach Tonya Edwards (LVFL 1986-90) have their defending WNBA champion Sky (16-6) atop the league standings through games of July 7.  Parker and company have won six of their past seven contests heading into the break, including a June 21 road win over the second-place Las Vegas Aces (15-7) who feature LVFL Nikki (Caldwell) Fargas (1990-94) as team president.
 
Chicago also has clinched a spot as the Eastern Conference team in the annual Commissioner’s Cup competition against the Western Conference-leading Aces. The teams with the best winning percentage in each conference face off in the championship, which this year will be held on July 26 (streamed by Prime Video). There is a prize pool of $500,000 in the championship game for the players and at least $165,000 in charitable donations throughout this year’s series. 
 
Elsewhere around the league involving those with Lady Vol ties, Mercedes Russell (2013-18) and the Seattle Storm (15-8) stand in third place, while Rae Burrell (2018-22) and the Los Angeles Sparks (10-12) are tied for sixth to secure a spot in the top half of the standings.
 
Isabelle Harrison (2011-15) and her Dallas Wings (10-12) are tied with the Sparks and Atlanta Dream in sixth place, while Diamond DeShields (2014-17) and the Phoenix Mercury reside in ninth (10-14). 
 
Also of note, DeShields and Parker are in the running for ESPY Awards. DeShields is nominated for Best Comeback Athlete, while Parker is up for both Best WNBA Player and Best Athlete, Women’s Sports.
 

6-1 / G-F / Los Angeles Sparks / 1st Season
Burrell appeared in three games, starting one, before undergoing knee surgery in late May…At the time, it was stated she would be re-evaluated in six to eight weeks…Was averaging 14.7 minutes per contest and tallying 1.7 points and 1.0 rebounds per game…Had five points, two boards and a steal in 15 minutes of action on May 6 vs. Las Vegas.
 
Next Game: July 12 vs. Washington (10:30 p.m. ET — Spectrum SportsNet, Monumental Sports Network)
 

Diamond DeShields


6-1 / G / Phoenix Mercury / 5th Season
 
DeShields ranks third on the team and tied for No. 25 in the league in scoring at 13.3 points per contest over 26.0 minutes per outing, while adding 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists…She is shooting 40.1 percent from the field and 73.8 percent from the charity stripe…DeShields has started 14 of 23 contests for the Mercury and has scored in double figures in 19 games.
 
Next Game: July 12 vs. Minnesota (8 p.m. ET — Bally Sports Arizona Extra, Bally Sports North Extra)
 

Candace Parker


6-4 / F-C / Chicago Sky / 15th Season
Starting 20 of the 20 games she’s played in 2022, Parker is second on the team in scoring and tied for 25th in the league at 13.3 points per contest…Averaging 28.5 minutes per outing, the two-time WNBA MVP and seven-time all-star also is putting up 8.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.1 blocks per game for the defending league champs…Her rebounding, assists and blocks averages rank No. 4, 11 and 11 in the WNBA, respectively…Along the way in 2022, she has carded seven double-doubles, including a pair of triple-doubles…She now has three triple-doubles in her career, tying with New York’s Sabrina Ionescu for the most of any player in league history.
 
Next Game: July 12 vs. Atlanta (8 p.m. ET — CW 26, Bally Sports Southeast, TSN)
 

Isabelle Harrison


6-3 / F / Dallas Wings / 6th Season
Carding 17 starts in 22 games, Harrison is fifth on the team in scoring at 9.8 points per contest and ranks third in rebounding (5.5) while also chipping in 1.7 assists…Harrison is shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 86.3 percent from the charity stripe, and she has carded three double-doubles…She was featured earlier this season in the “We Are The W” film shown on NBA-TV.
 
Next Game: July 12 at Seattle (3 p.m. ET – Facebook, FOX 13+, Amazon Prime-Seattle, Bally Sports Southwest)
 

Mercedes Russell


6-6 / C / Seattle Storm / 5th Season
After missing most of the early portion of the schedule with a non-basketball injury, Russell returned to action on June 3 and appeared in only five games off the bench before returning to the injured list on June 14…She was seeing 10.8 minutes per contest and putting up 2.0 points and 1.8 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field and 67 percent from the free-throw line.
 
Next Game: July 12 vs. Dallas (3 p.m. ET – Facebook, FOX 13+, Amazon Prime-Seattle, Bally Sports Southwest)

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