Vandersloot Honored As "Female Sports Star Of The Year"
SEATTLE, Wash. - Former Gonzaga University women's basketball star Courtney Vandersloot was honored as the Female Sports Star of the Year at the 77th Annual Seattle Sports Star of the Year awards Wednesday night at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.
Vandersloot, who finished her Bulldog career as the first player in NCAA Division I – male or female - to score 2,000 points and dish out 1,000 assists, was unable to attend the ceremony as she is currently is Istanbul, Turkey playing with Besiktas in the Turkish Women's Basketball League. Vandersloot's father, Bill Vandersloot, accepted the award on her behalf and a video from Vandersloot was played for the audience.
Vandersloot, a graduate from Kentwood High School, was the No. 3 selection by the Chicago Sky in the 2011 WNBA Draft after leading the Bulldogs to their first-ever Elite Eight. As a senior with Gonzaga, she was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year for the unprecedented third year in a row and was tabbed the WCC Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Vandersloot became both Gonzaga's and the WCC's first consensus All-American, being named to the Coaches' State Farm All-America Team, the John R. Wooden All-America squad and the USBWA All-America team. She also was named the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Player of the Year and won the Nancy Lieberman Award as the top point guard in the nation.
She broke the NCAA single-season assist record in in 2010-11 with 367 and the GU single-season scoring mark with 712. Vandersloot ended her career scoring 2,073 points and passing out 1,118 assists.
Also nominated for the Female Sports Star of the Year award was Jenn Salling (University of Washington softball), Julie Woodward (Seattle University women's soccer head coach), Maddie Meyers (Northwest high school runner) and Queen Underwood (USA Boxing).