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.