September 20, 2011
New York--- Former Gonzaga University women's basketball player and current Chicago Sky member Courtney Vandersloot was named to the WNBA All-Rookie Team Friday. Vandersloot was joined on the team by Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx; Danielle Robinson of the San Antonio Silver Stars; Danielle Adams, also of the Silver Stars and Liz Cambage of the Tulsa Shock.
The voting panel consisted of the WNBA's 12 head coaches, who chose five players regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Vandersloot received 10 votes. Moore, who was named Rookie of the Year, and Robinson, each received 11 votes, while Cambage and Adams each got nine.
Vandersloot, selected No. 3 overall in the 2011 Draft by the Sky, led Chicago and ranked second among rookies in assists (3.7 apg). She played in all 34 games and started 26, averaging 6.5 points. In June, Vandersloot recorded highs in points (18) and assists (10) both against the Connecticut Sun in separate games. Vandersloot was selected as a reserve for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game.
"Congrats to Courtney for making the WNBA All-Rookie Team," tweeted Gonzaga head coach Kelly Graves Friday morning. "It's been quite a whirlwind 2011 for her; West Coast Conference Player of the Year, NCAA Elite 8, Consensus All-American, No. 3 pick in the Draft, WNBA All-Star, WNBA All-Rookie and becoming the first player in NCAA Division I to score 2,000 points and pass out 1,000 assists. It couldn't have happened to a nicer person."
-Courtesy of Gonzaga Athletics