Parker's dunk title a win for women's hoops
Updated: March 30, 2004, 5:47 PM ETBy Pete Thamel | Special to ESPN.com
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. -- There are moments, stunning indelible moments, that transcend sport, crumble barriers and create icons.There's Billie Jean King beating Bobby Riggs at the Astrodome in 1973. Brandi Chastain clinching the Women's World Cup in 1999. Annika Sorenstam teeing off at the Colonial last May.
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"That would be my dream," Parker said. "For 10 years from now for three or four girls entering the dunk contest and it's not a big deal." Parker has dunked twice in high school games, the first time coming as a sophomore. She's one of two known high school women to dunk in a game. The scary part about Parker's performance Monday is that she's capable of much better. Just weeks ago, Parker couldn't even throw down because of the lingering effects of an ACL tear last July. Parker, who led Naperville Central High School in suburban Chicago to consecutive state titles, missed the first 11 games of the past season. She still wears a sleek silver brace over her left knee, her plant leg for jumping. This summer, before the injury, Parker could leap and do one-handed reverse dunks from under the rim and a lean-in dunk where she got above the rim and could quickly snap the ball into the basket. But you wouldn't know that talking to Parker, who downplayed the whole night. "It was totally unexpected," she said. "I was just trying to get out there and get one down."
Candace Parker became the first female to win the slam dunk contest at the McDonald's High School All-America game.
of past McDonald's Slam Dunk winners