March 29, 2011
ATLANTA, GA -- Gonzaga University women's basketball senior Courtney Vandersloot is on the list of 12 finalists for the State Farm Wade Trophy, the State Farm Wade Trophy Committee announced late last week.
The candidates were selected by a vote of committee members comprised of leading basketball coaches, journalists and basketball administrators. The committee will select the winner of the State Farm Wade Trophy from the 10-member NCAA Division I State Farm Coaches' All-America Team. The winner will be announced at 9 a.m. ET Saturday, April 2 in Indianapolis during the WBCA National Convention, which is being held in conjunction with the 2011 NCAA Women's Final Four.
"March Madness, that is what we live for!" said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "I congratulate each of these 12 finalists, from which one will receive `The Heisman of Women's Basketball'."
Vandersloot closed out a stellar career as a Zag Monday after the Bulldogs fell in the Regional Final of the NCAA Tournament. The 5-8 point guard, who already was awarded the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award earlier this season, was the darning of the NCAA Tournament, averaging 29.3 points, 10.0 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals during the Bulldogs four-game run.
She became the first player in NCAA Division I history, men's or women's, to score 2,000 points and dish out 1,000 assists, ending her career with 2,073 points and 1,118 assists. Vandersloot also broke the NCAA single-season assist record this season, which had stood since 1987, as she ended the year with 367.
"State Farm is extremely proud to recognize and congratulate these 12 outstanding athletes as finalists for The 2011 State Farm Wade Trophy," said Pam El, marking Vice President for State Farm. "Their dedication and commitment epitomize the true meaning of student-athlete and they are all very deserving of this great honor."
-Courtesy of GU Athletics