Candace Parker led the Los Angeles Sparks to an 89-84 win over the Dallas Wings on Tuesday.
But she and the rest of the basketball community lost, too.
Legendary Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt died earlier in the day.
After pouring in 31 points, including 25 in the second half, the former Vols star had an emotional interview with ESPN's Holly Rowe.
Parker, who grabbed 13 rebounds, credited Summitt for the season-high output:
Well, I see coach's glare, and I hear her voice screaming at me to rebound, especially on the offensive end. I see her little head going back and forth telling me to rebound. It's very ironic that I had my season high in rebounding tonight.
The star forward wore orange shoes in honor of Summitt, too:
After the interview, Parker and Rowe shared a tearful embrace.