July 20, 2011
NEW YORK--- Former Gonzaga University women's basketball player and current WNBA Chicago Sky rookie Courtney Vandersloot has made the WNBA All-Star team, as announced by the league Tuesday.
Vandersloot, along with her teammates Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince, will be reserves for the Eastern Conference team in the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game, held in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be nationally televised on ABC Saturday at 12:30 pm PT.
Selected by the league's 12 head coaches, the Sky claimed the most spots on the 11-player Eastern Conference roster with three.
Reserves were selected by the league's 12 head coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team, and selected reserves by voting for six players within their own conference, including two guards, two forwards, one center and one player regardless of position.
In her first season in the WNBA, Vandersloot has started 14 of 15 contests and is averaging 8.7 points and 4.7 assists per game. Her assists per game is the best among rookies and seventh most in the league.
Fowles is averaging 20.4, 9.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. Fowles has recorded 10 double-doubles so far this season. She also scored 20 or more points in seven consecutive games from June 10 to June 25.
Prince has started every game for the Sky and is averaging 16.2 points per game (seventh in the WNBA). The Sky shooting guard leads the league in steals at 3.27 per game and is on pace to set the all-time mark for a season in that category.
The Sky are currently 7-8 overall entering Tuesday's home contest against the Seattle Storm.
Starters for the WNBA All-Star Game were determined by a fan vote. The top vote getters in the East included the Indiana Fever's Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas; New York's Cappie Pondexter; Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry; and Connecticut's Tina Charles. The remaining Eastern Conference reserves include New York's Essence Carson, Washington's Crystal Langhorne and Connecticut's Renee Montgomery.
The Western Conference starters are Seattle's Sue Bird and Swin Cash; Los Angeles' Candace Parker; Minnesota's Maya Moore; and Diana Taurasi from Phoenix. The reserves include: San Antonio's Danielle Adams and Becky Hammon; Minnesota's Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson and Lindsay Whalen; and Phoenix's Penny Taylor.
-Courtesy of Gonzaga Athletics