KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee has retired Candace Parker's jersey, making the reigning WNBA most valuable player the seventh Lady Vol to receive the honor.
The fifth-ranked Lady Vols hung Parker's No. 3 jersey from the Thompson-Boling Arena rafters Thursday night before their game with No. 16 LSU. Parker, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a member of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, led Tennessee to consecutive national titles in 2007 and 2008.
The Lady Vols could have used Parker against the Tigers.
Danielle Ballard matched a career high with 25 points and No. 16 LSU held off No. 5 Tennessee 80-77 on Thursday night after squandering most of a 16-point lead in the last 4½ minutes.
LSU (11-2, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) ended a seven-game losing streak in the rivalry and ended the Lady Vols' string of 16 consecutive victories in SEC openers.
Tennessee, which trailed 75-59 with 4:37 left, had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds. LSU was clinging to a 78-77 lead when Tennessee's Isabelle Harrison missed the second of two free throws with 15.9 seconds left. After Raigyne Moncrief made two free throws, Andraya Carter missed a potential tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds.