All CP3, All The Time

By Jessica Garrison - March 31, 2007

It's only appropriate that here in Cleveland, the women are being treated like rockstars. Especially Candace Parker, who in addition to facing Carolina in the Final Four tomorrow, was just named this year's Wade Trophy winner. Parker knows how to hold down the mike like few women her age -- she pulled the cordless mike right off the stand and held humble court as she accepted her award, thanking her coaches, opponents, teammates, family and State Farm, this year's sponsor. She also gave a nod to women's basketball players present, future and past (and ribbed Stacey Dales for being on the cusp of the "past"). That kind of easy confidence makes Parker irresistable to reporters and coaches -- she's funny, she's genuine, and she usually has something self-effacing but witty to say.

Summitt says Parker's confidence "just goes back to her parents, the great support she gets from her family."

"She's able to really keep it all in perspective," Summitt said after the Wade announcement. "That's what makes her a great teammate, she's always trying to deflect the attention on others. She just has composure."

Composure, confidence and tomorrow, serious Competition. Three more C's on the already ubiquitous CP.

Posted by Jessica Garrison at 11:00 AM on March 31, 2007

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