Kendall Parker may have thought about retiring before this season, but on the court he does not show anything to finish.
Parker on Sunday became the third player in WNBA history to record multiple triple doubles in his career, completing his Chicago Sky 82-73 victory over the Washington Mystics with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. At 33 days 33 years old, Parker is the oldest player to record a triple double in the league.
She made a triple double at the last minute with a pass from Courtney Wanderelut, who joined Sheryl Swaps last year as the only player in league history to have more than one triple double. Vandersloot’s efforts, with only the second post-season triple double in WNBA history – Swaps had the first – helped defeat the first-seeded Connecticut in the Chicago Semifinals.
“He was determined to get my tenth goal assist,” Parker told a post-match press conference at Vanderslot. “So you know, that’s why I love this band. “You know, I think we’re playing for someone else, we’m excited about the success of others and we’m celebrating it, and I think it’s great.”
Parker almost became the champion last year. After playing 13 seasons at the Los Angeles Sparks, he returned to his home state and helped Sky deliver the WNBA title. But his daughter, Laila, has convinced him he will play in 2022, Parker said in an interview with Kristen Ledlow on NBA TV’s “WNBA Weekly.” Parker averages 14 points and 8 rebounds over five games and throws 49.1 percent off the field.
Parker’s success on Sunday is even more impressive considering the triple-double deficit in WNBA history: Sunday was 11th in the league’s 26 seasons. Liberty player Sabrina Ionescu became the youngest player to record a triple double last season.
With two Tennessee college national titles, two Olympic gold medals and two WNBA titles, Parker has won all levels and his Chicago team seems ready to fight again this year. Sky retained much of last year’s roster, including Kahleah Copper, the most valuable player in the 2021 finale, who made his season debut on Sunday, and they added Emma Messeman, who won the MVP of the final in 2019 with Washington.
Chicago won the match on Sunday, featuring two of the most valuable player award winners: Parker (2008 and 2013) and Washington’s Elena Del Don (2015 and 2019). Dele Don completed 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Six Chicago players, including Copper and Meseman, finished with a double figure.