Courtney Vandersloot Named WBCA All-Region
March 16, 2011
ATLANTA - Gonzaga University women's basketball senior Courtney Vandersloot continues to earn post season accolades as the guard was among the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Region Eight's All-America nominees.
The WBCA, in cooperation with State Farm®, announced the All-Region nominees for the 2011 State Farm Coaches' All-America Team Wednesday. On Monday, March 21, the State Farm Coaches' All-America Team selection committee will review the 52 total candidates and trim the list to 40 finalists, all of whom will be in the running for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches' All-America Team.
Vandersloot, the 2011 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner, was on the short list of four finalists from Region Eight for the third-straight season. She joined a trio of Stanford University stars; Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Kayla Pedersen and Jeannette Pohlen.
Vandersloot currently leads the nation in assists per game at 10.2 and assists-to-turnovers at 3.34. She was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year and Tournament Most Valuable Player for the third-consecutive season in 2011. On Monday she was also named to the official John R. Wooden Award National Ballot, which decides the 2011 Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year.
The State Farm Coaches' All-America Team will be announced at 9 a.m. ET Saturday, April 2, in Indianapolis during the WBCA National Convention, which is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four®.
Also making their respective All-Region team was Iowa senior Kachine Alexander, who Vandersloot and the Bulldogs will face in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday. Gonzaga (28-4), the No. 11 seed in the Spokane Region, opens up the NCAA Tournament, against the Hawkeyes (22-8), the No. 6 seed, at the McCarthey Athletic Center at 1:10 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com
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