Talking Hoops With 'Sloot: Blog Entry No. 1

Oct. 25, 2010

Gonzaga University women’s basketball senior point guard Courtney Vandersloot, from Kent, Wash., will be writing a season-long blog, giving Bulldog fans an in-depth and behind the scene look at the Zag basketball program. She will also start adding a sit-down video interview with select players throughout the year. Get ready for TALKING HOOPS WITH ‘SLOOT.

ENTRY ONE: Monday, Oct. 25

Basketball season for everyone across the country has officially started. However, because of the recent rule change, the Gonzaga women’s basketball team has already completed three weeks of practice. This will be my fourth and final year playing at Gonzaga and I couldn’t think of a better way to start it off then to start three weeks earlier! We are coming off of a season that made the Gonzaga women’s basketball history books. We are all excited to be a part of something that people will always remember, but the best part about it is that the members of this team aren’t satisfied. We worked all summer and fall to make sure that this season we have the opportunity to be above and beyond where we were last season.

There is no questioning the loss we took from our seniors that graduated last year. We had an incredible senior class that was our leaders throughout the season and in the tournament. I know there has been a lot of concern regarding how we are going to replace such valuable pieces to our team. Well first I want to make clear that we have not found another Heather Bowman, or in that case another Tiffanie Shives or Vivian Frieson. I think we all know that those types of players and people are irreplaceable. BUT, I wouldn’t worry too much about this Gonzaga team. What we do have are 15 very talented, hard-working young ladies that are willing to do whatever it takes to win basketball games. With that in mind, I won’t bore you with the details you already know, so let me give you some insight about the future of Gonzaga women’s basketball. Our freshman class this year may be as talented as the class we just said goodbye too. Our three true freshman (Stephanie Golden, Jazmine Redmon, Danielle Walter), and redshirt freshman transfer (Haiden Palmer) combined have the future of Gonzaga women’s basketball looking up! We are expecting big things from the four of them.



I and the rest of the Zags are anxious to begin our season and we believe that we have the type of team to once again make history. I am not going to list the reasons why we believe this, instead why don’t you be the judge of that and come support the team in our exhibition game with Western Oregon University, Saturday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.! Come see and meet the future of Gonzaga, I spoke so highly of, in action alongside the returners from last year’s Sweet Sixteen squad. Let’s start this memorable season of right by packing the Kennel. See you there! Go Zags.

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