X-rays negative on Candace Parker's shoulder

The results of the X-rays on Candace Parker's right shoulder came back negative Wednesday, and she is listed as day to day, according to Tennessee.

The medical news was delivered by phone to Pat Summitt on Wednesday afternoon in Birmingham, Ala., where she was attending SEC Media Day with seniors Alexis Hornbuckle and Nicky Anosike.

Jenny Moshak, the assistant athletics director for sports medicine, relayed the news to Summitt and reported that Candace Parker said the shoulder was not as sore as it was Tuesday when the incident happened.

Parker will be monitored day to day and will begin rehabilitation exercises to restore range of motion, according to Debby Jennings, associate athletics director for media relations. Parker's return to practice will be conditional on how the shoulder responds to that rehab. The fact additional medical tests were not needed was the best scenario Tennessee could have hoped for Wednesday.

The news likely brought a huge sigh of relief from Summitt, who had taken the approach Tuesday of not to worry until she had to. Parker was moving to the basket Tuesday in the closing minutes of practice when she came to the sideline wincing and holding her right shoulder.

On Wednesday, Parker was picked by the media to be the SEC Player of the Year. She also was named to the preseason First Team All-SEC, along with Hornbuckle.

Tennessee was picked to win the SEC regular season in 2007-08 in a voting of a select panel of both SEC and national media members. Each SEC school selected two media members that cover their team; six additional writers from across the country were selected by the conference office to form the 30-member voting panel.

The Lady Vols, 34-3 in 2006-07, are coming off their seventh NCAA title and a perfect 14-0 SEC record. They earned 28 first-place votes, topping LSU which earned two votes as SEC Champion. Tennessee returns four starters from last year's championship team, including Nicky Shannon Bobbitt, Anosike Hornbuckle and Parker.

Tennessee topped the order of finish with 358 points, with LSU (252), Georgia (234), Vanderbilt (189), Auburn (176) and Kentucky (145) rounding out the top half of the league.

Mississippi State came in at seven with 135 votes. Ole Miss (107), Arkansas (95), Florida (84), South Carolina (74) and Alabama (30) rounded out the bottom half of the conference.

Parker was the overwhelming choice for SEC Women's Basketball Player of the Year with 28 votes, followed by Georgia's Tasha Humphrey and LSU's Sylvia Fowles with one vote each. Joining Parker, Hornbuckle, Humphrey and Fowles on the First Team All-SEC was Auburn's DeWanna Bonner.

The second team consisted of Arkansas senior Lauren Ervin, Florida junior Sha Brooks, Georgia sophomore Ashley Houts, LSU senior Erica White and Vanderbilt junior Christina Wirth.

Bobbitt, Florida's Marshae Dotson, Kentucky's Samantha Mahoney, LSU's Quianna Chaney and Mississippi State's Marneshia Richard also received votes.

Conference play is set to begin Jan. 10, 2008. The 2008 SEC Tournament will be held March 6-9 at the Sommet Center in Nashville.

Summitt, Hornbuckle and Anosike participated in Media Days in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday and then flew back to Knoxville for an evening practice session at Pratt Pavilion. The team will take off Thursday and then return to practice Friday.


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