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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

February 25, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Gonzaga’s Courtney Vandersloot recognized for skills

UW-Zags.jpgWe spend a lot of time talking about Washington and Washington State, but the state’s best women’s basketball team is nestled between the two in Gonzaga. And this week sophomore PG Courtney Vandersloot was named one of 13 finalists for the prestigious Nancy Lieberman award. Storm PG Sue Bird (Connecticut) won this honor from 2000 to 2002.
Vandersloot, who shredded the Huskies for 20 points and six assists in a five-point Zags win to help UW open its season, ranks third in Division-I for assists (7.3) and is the West Coast Conference’s fourth-leading scorer (16.1).
A native of Kent, she’s helped Gonzaga to a 22-6 overall record, 10-2 in conference play. The Zags host Santa Clara (Thursday) and San Diego (Saturday) for their final two regular-season home games. The WCC tournament is March 6-9 in Las Vegas.
While Vandersloot (pictured right, center) has a strong chance to help Gonzaga win another WCC title, winning the Nancy Lieberman award will be tough. Others being considered are Connecticut senior Renee Montgomery, Maryland senior Kristi Toliver, and Kansas State senior Shalee Lehning, who had a triple-double against Washington.
The three finalists will be named during the Final Four, April 5-7, with the winner being invited to attend the award luncheon April 22 in Detroit.

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