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Vandersloot WCC MVP again

Courtney Vandersloot, a Bulldog record holder in several categories, acknowledges the cheers of the crowd after being introduced on senior night on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2011, at Gonzaga University prior to the game against the San Diego Toreros. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Courtney Vandersloot, a Bulldog record holder in several categories, acknowledges the cheers of the crowd after being introduced on senior night on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2011, at Gonzaga University prior to the game against the San Diego Toreros. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Courtney Vandersloot is the West Coast Conference Player of the Year for an unprecedented third-straight year. The senior point guard from Kent averaged a double-double in WCC play, leading the league in scoring at 20.7 while dishing off 10.1 assists.

Vandersloot, who was the league's Freshman of the Year when teammate Heather Bowman was the Player of the Year, made the all-league team for the fourth straight season, something only Bowman and four other players have done. She is joined on the all-league team by Kayla Standish, from Ellensburg, and Katelan Redmon, Bowman's former teammate at Lewis and Clark. Janelle Bekkering earned honorable mention.

Kelly Graves, who has guided the Bulldogs to seven straight WCC regular-season titles, is coach of the year for the second time in a row, fourth time in five years and sixth overall.

The Bulldogs are now ranked 20th in the ESPN coach's poll.




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