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Former West Valley High basketball standout Shaniqua Nilles is fighting for playing time at Gonzaga. (GU Athletics)

Gonzaga women rolling

Coming into the 1 p.m. Saturday showdown with No. 6 Stanford, the No. 23 Gonzaga women’s basketball team has all the marks of a good team that has yet to find it’s true identity. Despite off nights Tuesday against Wisconsin for Haiden Palmer (6 points,...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2011

Gonzaga women No. 25 in coaches' poll

The Gonzaga women return to the Top 25. ESPNW also provided an in-depth look into the rise of the Bulldogs to national prominence, powered by Courtney Vandersloot. Washington State is hosting Louisville next Monday and it's Native American Appreciation Night.

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Green making her mark in Montana

Under the radar is a good description for Alysha Green but the Mead grad has made her mark in college basketball. She's the subject for the weekly basketball notebook. For a couple of other notes, including some that ended up on the cutting room floor,...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2011

TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2011

FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2011

Chicago Sky WNBA draft pick Courtney Vandersloot, from Gongaza, tosses out the ceremonial first pitch. (Associated Press)

Vandersloot makes WNBA rookie team

Former Gonzaga women's basketball star Courtney Vandersloot (above, throwing out a first pitch at a Mariner's game early this season - I just like the pix) completed her first WNBA season on Sunday and was named to the All-Rookie team on Friday. The No. 3...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2011

Former Gonzaga standout Courtney Vandersloot attempts a shot over Seattle’s Sue Bird during the Storm’s 81-70 win over Chicago. (Associated Press)

It's over for Vandersloot & Sky

Just a quick post for the link our game story from Courtney Vandersloot and the Chicago Sky ending the WNBA regular season with a loss at defending champion Seattle. (Monday exhaustion and Tuesday forgetfulness, a bad combo.) BTW, in the photo above, Vandersloot's idol, Sue...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 11, 2011

Chicago Sky's Courtney Vandersloot, right, drives to the basket as Tulsa Shock's Andrea Riley defends. (Associated Press)

Vandersloot back in Washington

UPDATE: Vandersloot finishes with five points and two assists in 22 minutes of an 81-70 loss. Vandersloot hits a 3 late in first half but her Chicago Sky trail Seattle Storm 41-33. Vandersloot is 1-5 with one board, two assists, two fouls in 13 minutes....

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011

WNBA tips off tonight, locals meet Sat.

The WNBA season opens tonight but the first game for the local trio is Saturday. The Chicago Sky, with rookies Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga) and Angie Bjorklund (University HS) opens at Indiana, with third-year veteran Briann January (Lewis and Clark HS). Preseason stories for the Sky...

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THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

Vandersloot turning heads for Team USA

Courtesy of Jayda Evans and her women's basketball blog at The Seattle Times I found this report from Team USA training camp on former Gonzaga star Courtney Vandersloot. National team coach Geno Auriemma was also asked to evaluate Vandersloot, stating, "I'll tell you what, I...

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Vandersloot invited to Team USA tryouts

Every time you turn around it seems like Courtney Vandesloot is doing something special ... and the mayor hasn't even given her a key to the city - yet. After hauling in numberous awards at the NCAA Women's Final Four she headed to ESPN headquarters...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2011


Vandersloot to throw out first pitch for M's

Record-breaking point guard Courtney Vandersloot, who led the Gonzaga women’s basketball team on a magical run to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on Easter Sunday. The third pick...

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011

Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga takes the rest of the net after the Zags take the WCC Championship with a 72-46 win over Saint Marys on Monday, March 7, 2011 in Las Vegas.  Vandersloot was the tournament MVP. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Chicago takes Vandersloot & Bjorklund

Gonzaga star Courtney Vandersloot became the highest drafted basketball player with local ties when the Chicago Sky selected her with the third pick in the WNBA Draft Monday afternoon. The Sky added University High School graduate Angie Bjorklund, from Tennessee, in the second round, the...

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Last minute Vandersloot reading

Gonzaga women's basketball coach Kelly Graves is in Conneticut but there is no truth to the rumor that he is replacing UConn Geno Auriemma, who is headed to coach UCLA so he can be closer to Hollywood. No, Graves is joining his star point guard...

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Vandersloot & Bjorklund talk draft

I visited with Courtney Vandersloot and Angie Bjorklund about Monday's WNBA Draft, as well was local WNBA player Briann January. Needless to say, Vandersloot is now a media darling, that's for people who waited until the NCAA Tournament to learn what we've known around here....

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Vandersloot, Bjorklund await WNBA draft

Spare time this week was spent connecting with Courtney Vandersloot and Angie Bjorklund as they await Monday's WNBA draft. Our story for Sunday's paper, which includes local product Briann January, a former first-round pick, giving her thoughts, will be up late Saturday or early Sunday,...

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Courtney Vandersloot, who scored a game-high 25 points, drives through a maze of arms to score late against Stanford. (Christopher Anderson)

Another All-American honor for Vandersloot

Make that consensus All-American. Gonzaga star Courtney Vandersloot was named to the State Farm Coaches' All-America team, announced Saturday at the Women's Final Final in Indianapolis. "I continue to be humbled by all these accolades," Vandersloot said through a Gonzaga release. "To have my name...

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Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot, left, drives past Louisville's Shoni Schimmel in the first half of an NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional semifinal, Saturday, March 26, 2011, in Spokane, Wash. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Vandersloot wins Lieberman Award

Gonzaga senior Courtney Vandersloot was named the winner of the Nancy Liberman Award by the Rotary Club of Detroit. The award recognizes the nation’s top collegiate point guard in women’s Division I basketball. The criteria for the award are the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling...

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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011


Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot (21) roars after being fouled on a jump shot she made in the secondhalf .  The Zags won 76-69 over Louisville, March 25, 2011, in the Spokane Arena. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga joins the Elite

Gonzaga made history Saturday night - women's division - by becoming the lowest seed (11) to make the Elite Eight of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. They did it by holding up down the stretch to beat seventh-seeded Louisville 76-69 before more than 10,700 fans at...

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