View Full Version : NY Times on Courtney: "Helped by Stockton, Compared to Gretzky"

03-27-2011, 05:26 PM
Nice article I hadn't seen posted before, from Karen Crouse in the NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/28/sports/ncaabasketball/28gonzaga.html?src=twrhp).


SPOKANE, Wash. — In this quiet eastern Washington town rich in timber, metals and wheat, fun is another product to be manufactured from raw materials. This is not a problem for the members of the Gonzaga women’s basketball team, who derive great amusement by extending invitations to their practices to friends or relatives or, better yet, encouraging vainglorious men to join them in a pickup game at the university gym.

The fun comes when the uninitiated get a close look at Bulldogs basketball’s greatest natural resource, the senior point guard Courtney Vandersloot. She’s built like a wheat stalk and, at 5 feet 8 inches, is easy to overlook until the ball is in her hands.

¶ “She starts passing the ball and you’ll hear people go ‘Wow!’ or ‘Oh my God!’ ” Kelly Bowen, a junior forward from Australia, said Sunday. “When guys, especially, see what Courtney does, then we all get a little bit more respect.”

The Hall of Fame guard John Stockton, who starred at Gonzaga before playing 19 seasons for the Utah Jazz, has compared Vandersloot, a senior guard from the Seattle suburb of Kent, to the hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.

03-27-2011, 05:43 PM
In the Kitsap Sun (http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/mar/27/vandersloot-gonzaga-women-ready-to-see-if-the/):

SPOKANE — Growing up in Kent, Courtney Vandersloot did not always take advantage of the basketball court her father built in the backyard.

"I was scared of the woods behind our house," a laughing Vandersloot admitted. "I was scared of 'robbers' coming to get me — kidnappers."

Besides, Vandersloot explained, there was another reason she preferred to play elsewhere against the neighborhood boys.

"I was always picked first," she said with an mischievous grin.

Barring a kidnapping, Vandersloot figures to be one of the featured attractions tonight in the biggest game in Gonzaga women's basketball history.

The 20th-ranked Bulldogs take on second-ranked Stanford in the Spokane Region title game, part of the Elite Eight segment of the NCAA tournament. Tonight's winner at the Spokane Arena advances to the Final Four in Indianapolis.

Read more: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/mar/27/vandersloot-gonzaga-women-ready-to-see-if-the/#ixzz1Hr2JgPy1

03-28-2011, 09:58 AM
What an incredible honor, to have an article in the NYTimes - which goes out all around the world, describing the tremendous play of CV, just- wow, way to go Courtney. Leave it all on the floor tonight.