Women's NCAA Tournament: Vandersloot Becomes First-Ever College Player To 2000 Points, 1000 Assists

The first round of the Women's NCAA Tournament is underway and the Gonzaga Bulldogs have advantaged to the second round. For more on the tournament, visit SBN's women's basketball community Swish Appeal.

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NCAA Women's Tournament: Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot Becomes First Ever College Player To 2000 Points, 1000 Assists

Only needing 10 points to reach 2000, perhaps it was fitting that Gonzaga Bulldogs senior point guard Courtney Vandersloot reached 10 assists first in tonight's second round game against UCLA at home in Spokane.

However with 12:21 left, Vandersloot finally got to 10 points with a fast break layup to become the first college basketball player ever with 2000 points and 1000 assists. During the ensuing timeout, the crowd chanted "Courtney" and when she came back onto the court the ovation continued. 

With 7:59 left in the game, Vandersloot had 15 assists, 13 points, and 6 rebounds, just four rebounds away from a triple double. The milestone should seal Vandersloot as the top candidate for the Nancy Lieberman Award given to the top point guard in women's basketball each year. Vandersloot has already won the 2011 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, given to the nation's best women's basketball player 5-feet-8 and under.

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Women's NCAA Tournament 2011 Brackets: Philadelphia Region Top Seed UConn Has Plenty Of Reason For Confidence

Well, if you happened to see UConn demolish Duke earlier this season, then you can guess how they feel about their region: pretty happy.

In a field with Duke, DePaul and Georgetown as the two, three, and five seeds, UConn gets a bracket in which they have already beaten four of the top five seeds on their path to defending their title.

Number four seed Maryland lands on the same side as UConn, but is not exactly a team to sleep on - they also beat Duke by 22 at home on February 17.

So how is it that this Duke team that's take a few losses is a number two seed? Duke has an outstanding defense that can generate points in a hurry if their opponent turns the ball over frequently enough. The recurring problem for the Blue Devils is that offensive end, particularly when they get stuck in the half court - although Jasmine Thomas is one of the most dynamic scoring guards in the nation, when this team stalls they completely break down as we saw against Duke. Given that it took last-minute heroics for Duke to beat NC State during conference play, if there was a team eligible for an upset somewhere along the way it's them.

So this will be a competitive bracket in games not involving UConn as each of the top seeds has major strengths and potential weaknesses. But it would be quite surprising if UConn took a loss before the Final Four.

For more on the bracket, check out our Women's NCAA Tournament StoryStream. To break down the bracket with Gonzaga fans, be sure to stop by SB Nation's The Slipper Still Fits.. For everything women's NCAA hoops, stop by Swish Appeal.

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Women's NCAA Tournament Brackets: Dayton Region Features A Number Of Challenges For Tennessee

At first glance, the Dayton Region appears to be the most competitive bracket, if for no other reason that Baylor, Connecticut, or Stanford aren't in it.

If not the most competitive, it will certainly be interesting because there figure to be a number of unique challenges for number one seed Tennessee.

To be honest, we might not have even seen the best of Tennessee yet due to key injuries to Kelly Cain and Washington native Angie Bjorklund - they finished SEC conference play on a tear and Bjorklund was still rounding into form. Nevertheless, they struggled with spans of sloppy play at times this season and both the number two and three seeds in this region can force that type of performance.

In fact, the top six seeds in the bracket pose potential threats.

Two seed Notre Dame is among the most well-rounded teams in the nation and has two players considered among the best defenders in the Big East in Brittany Mallory and Devereaux Peters, a versatile defender who can guard multiple players in a pressure scheme.

Three seed Miami built off a magical run to the 2010 WNIT to tie for first in the ACC this year and thrives on creating turnovers although they rely almost entirely on their top three scorers who account for nearly 80 percent of their scoring output. They are set up for a potentially interesting second round matchup with Oklahoma, which is led by potential WNBA draft pick Danielle Robinson who is considered among the best point guards in the country.

On Tennessee's side of the bracket, is Ohio State who could either be a team that people are sleeping on or have pegged as a team that has underachieved for much of the season until making a run to win the 2011 Big Ten tournament. They are led by center Jantel Lavender who can draw double or triple teams in the post, but also point guard Samantha Prahalis who can either set the world on fire or hurt her team by over- aggressively committing turnovers.

All-in-all, Tennessee's path to the Final Four will not be easy by any means - each of the top four seeds presents a challenge that could hurt the Lady Vols.

For more on the bracket, check out our Women's NCAA Tournament StoryStream. To break down the bracket with Gonzaga fans, be sure to stop by SB Nation's The Slipper Still Fits.. For everything women's NCAA hoops, stop by Swish Appeal.

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Women's NCAA Tournament Brackets: Gonzaga Joins Stanford, UCLA In Spokane Region

As should have been expected, Gonzaga landed in the Spokane region as an 11 seed to face the Iowa Hawkeyes at 1 p.m.

But joining them in the region is Stanford, who already beat the Bulldogs once this season in Spokane and just completed an undefeated Pac-10 season. And that's not the only set of familiar foes in the region.

The two-seed is Xavier, which was considered a strong pre-season favorite to reach the Final Four and then got pummeled by nearly 40 in Palo Alto against Stanford in December. There is little doubt that should Stanford and Xavier meet again the outcome could be different - 6-foot-5 forward Amber Harris was coming off a concussion in that game, didn't start, and threw off Xavier's rhythm considerably. Xavier will face South Dakota State in the first round, followed by a potential matchup with Louisville or Vanderbilt.

In what might be considered a let-down by some, UCLA adds another familiar foe for Stanford as a three-seed. As a top 10 team in the rankings for the majority of conference play the dominant assumption was that UCLA would get a two-seed - "dropping" a seed and landing in a bracket with a Cardinal team that beat them three times, including in the Pac-10 Tournament championship, is a tough fate for the Bruins who are enjoying a record-breaking season.

Perhaps the most entertaining game in this region could be the potential second round matchup between four and five seeds Kentucky and North Carolina - both can play uptempo basketball, with UNC led by a strong duo of quick guards while Kentucky relies heavily on their defense.

For more on the bracket, check out our Women's NCAA Tournament StoryStream. To break down the bracket with Gonzaga fans, be sure to stop by SB Nation's The Slipper Still Fits.. For everything women's NCAA hoops, stop by Swish Appeal.

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Women's NCAA Tournament Bracket Dallas Region: Baylor, Texas A&M Get One And Two

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The first big surprise of Selection Monday came early.

In a somewhat odd turn of events, the committee chose to place Big XII schools Baylor and Texas A&M in the Dallas region as one and two seeds.

Baylor has already beaten TAMU three times this season, although the Aggies played their in-conference competitors tightly.

The bracket sets up a potential second round matchup between Baylor and Houston in an all-Texas battle with Baylor facing Prairie View A&M in the first round.

Also in the region as an intriguing first round matchup is a meeting between mid-majors Wisconsin - Green Bay and University of Arkansas - Little Rock in Wichita, Kansas. UALR played in a Thanksgiving tournament at Seattle University this year and likes to play an uptempo style led by a potential WNBA draft pick in Chasity Reed as well as a pair of guards who can play aggressive pressure defense.

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