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U Zig, I Zag
03-17-2011, 10:11 AM
4. Which player might emerge as the star of the show?

First two rounds: Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga
It has been awhile since one of the five best players in the nation entered the tournament playing for a non-BCS side. Depending on how you want to classify it, perhaps since Jackie Stiles earned player of the year honors for Southwest Missouri State in 2001 (players such as Houston's Chandi Jones and TCU's Sandora Irvin might argue the point). But with Vandersloot very much in contention for first-team All-America honors in her senior season, the No. 11 seed in Spokane might have not only the best player in that quartet of teams that also includes No. 3 UCLA, No. 6 Iowa and No. 14 Montana, but one of the best in the nation. And importantly for Vandersloot, one of the most prolific passers in the history of women's college basketball, she has plenty of options to whom she can direct the ball for the Bulldogs. As good as Gonzaga was in reaching the Sweet 16 last season, Vandersloot was not at the peak of her game against Texas A&M in the second round or Xavier in the Sweet 16. This time, she could be the spark to get the Bulldogs back to the second weekend.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncw/tournament/2011/columns/story?columnist=hays_graham&id=6216824

U Zig, I Zag
03-17-2011, 10:14 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncw/tournament/2011/news/story?id=6216021


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