April 11, 2011
BRISTOL, CONN. -- Gonzaga University women's basketball senior Courtney Vandersloot became the first Bulldog player in school history to be drafted in the first round of the WNBA, as she was the third overall pick, taken by the Chicago Sky Monday during the Draft at the ESPN Studios in Bristol, Conn. The Sky is a member of the Eastern Division.
Vandersloot is the second overall Zag to be drafted in the WNBA. Former Gonzaga star Vivian Frieson was taken 31st overall in the 2010 Draft by the Tulsa Shock.
"There are so many emotions going through me right now," stated Vandersloot after she was selected. "Corny as it sounds, this is a dream come true. I am excited to play for Chicago and Coach Chapman.
"I can't thank Gonzaga enough. Coach Graves allowed me to flourish with his style of play and I can't wait to take my talents to Chicago."
Vandersloot, the first player in NCAA Division I history to score 2,000 points and dish out 1,000 assists in their career, joins the Sky who posted a 14-20 record in the Eastern Conference in 2010.
The Sky is coached by first-year head coach Pokey Chapman and returns Sylvia Fowels, Epiphanny Prince and Shameka Christon.
"Wow! Amazing!" tweeted Gonzaga head coach Kelly Graves moments after she was picked. "The Chicago Sky is my favorite WNBA team."
University of Connecticut forward Maya Moore was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx as the first pick in the Draft and Elizabeth Cambage, of Australia, was the second pick, taken by the Tulsa Shock.
-Courtesy of GU Athletics