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Full house expected for Vandersloot, GU seniors sendoff

Courtney Vandersloot waits to be introduced to the crowd before the start of play on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 12, 2011,  at Gonzaga University's McCarthey Athletic Center. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Courtney Vandersloot waits to be introduced to the crowd before the start of play on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 12, 2011, at Gonzaga University's McCarthey Athletic Center. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Every time Courtney Vandersloot takes to the basketball court it seems like she's doing something amazing or hitting another milestone. Yet she just seems to take it all in stride.

After Gonzaga throttled second place Saint Mary's 106-66 on Thursday, she admitted she really had to focus to keep from being over-whelmed when people talk about such things as the possibility she could become the first-ever NCAA player with 2,000 points and 1,000 assists.

"When I hear all that it gets me sometimes," the senior All-American said. "That's why I just focus and not really worry about any of that. I know if I just let the game come to me, good things happen. That's when I play my best, when I'm not worrying about anything."

Her resolve will be tested Saturday afternoon because she will get the most adulation from an adoring crowd at Senior Day. Tip-off against San Diego is at 2 p.m. and less than 200 tickets remain. If you want to join the standing ovation for Vandesloot, Janelle Bekkering, Claire Rapp, Tatri Lorenzo and Carter Schick, you better arrive early.

“When I hear all that it gets me sometimes,” Vandersloot said. “That’s why I just focus and not really worry about any of that. I know if I just let the game come to me good things happen. That’s when I play my best, when I’m not worrying about anything.”




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