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    Former Zag Vandersloot Named WNBA All-Star

    Second career All-Star appearance for Vandersloot


    NEW YORK – Former Gonzaga women's basketball standout Courtney Vandersloot is among 22 players to be named 2019 WNBA All-Stars, the league offices announced Monday.

    Vandersloot, along with fellow Chicago Sky teammates Allie Quigley and Diamond DeShields, were among 12 players chosen from across the league to serve as reserves at the AT&T WNBA All-Star, set for July 27 in Las Vegas. Reserves were selected by the league's head coaches; coaches were not able to vote for their own players. The 10 starters for the AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, announced on July 11, were selected by fans, current players and media.

    "I'm really excited to be selected to this year's All-Star team," Vandersloot told the Sky. "Every year, there are plenty of deserving players, so to be one of the 22 selected is an honor. And to share it with two of my teammates makes it that much better."

    This will be the second time Vandersloot has appeared in the WNBA All-Star game, and the first time in eight years since making her debut during her rookie season at the 2011 All-Star Game. The Kent, Wash., native currently averages 9.7 points, 8.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game, and she most recently moved into the No. 7 spot on the WNBA's all-time assists list. This season, she surpassed 1,500 career assists, the second fastest player to do so behind Ticha Penicheiro, and her 8.2 assists per game leads the league. She broke the single-season assists record a season ago, finishing the 2018 campaign with 257 assists, and the same season she made history by becoming the first WNBA player to deliver 50 assists in just four games.

    In the 2011 WNBA Draft, she became the first Bulldog player in school history to be drafted in the first round of the WNBA, as she was the third overall pick, taken by the Chicago Sky.

    Vandersloot, the three-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year, was also was named to the Associated Press All-America Team second-team and State Farm Coaches' All-America Basketball team, USBWA All-America, the Nancy Lieberman Award winner as the top point guard in the nation, and is the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner.

    The AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 will take place July 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The 16th WNBA All-Star Game will be televised live on ABC at 12:30 p.m. PT.

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    Finally. Much deserved!
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    Was wondering if she would get in there.

    Great job, Sloot!!
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    It's about time. It seems like she's getting a lot more credit and respect this year. You go girl!

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    Unfortunately, the all-star starter selections are based on fan votes, and it is all about the popularity. Sloot is not flashy, outspoken and constantly in the media. In addition, Sloot plays for the Chicago Sky which have not made the playoffs the last 3 years and have one of the WNBA's worst attendance, so hard to get fan votes.

    Coaches select the reserves but they seem to be fixated on scoring stats. Sloot is 40th in the WNBA in scoring at 9.7 ppg so her scoring numbers don't justify all-star status.

    Unfortunately it seems nobody values the floor general, the assist leader (second fastest to 1,500 assists in WNBA history), the person who looks to pass first before shooting, type of player for their all-star and Olympic teams. It is all about the scoring numbers.

    Nice to see CV finally get some acknowledgement for her hard work. Unfortunately, unless she gets her scoring numbers up, I fear she will continue to be frequently overlooked for the all-star team.

    ZagDad

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