Former Gonzaga star PG Courtney Vandersloot was announced as a Female Sports Star of the Year nominee by the Seattle Sports Commission on Tuesday. The organization will host the 77th Annual Sports Star of the Year, presented by Root Sports, on Jan. 25 at Benaroya Hall.
Created by Royal Brougham and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 1936, the event has celebrated the achievements of Washington sports for nearly eight decades.
Vandersloot, a Kent native, led the Zags to its first Elite Eight in March 2011, losing to Stanford at the Spokane Regional. She finished her career as the first NCAA player – male or female – to amass more than 2,000 points and 1,000 assists.
The former Kentwood High product went on to be drafted third overall by the Chicago Sky where she was named a WNBA All-Star. Vandersloot averaged 6.5 points and 3.7 assists in 34 games with Chicago. She’s currently playing in Turkey.
In her category, Vandersloot will compete with Jenn Salling (University of Washington Softball); Julie Woodward (Seattle University Women’s Soccer Head Coach); Maddie Meyers (Northwest High School Runner); and Queen Underwood (USA Boxing) for the honor.
Fans can vote for their favorite nominee in the Professional, Male, Female and Sports Story of the Year categories online at www.seattlesports.org. The public can vote through Jan. 20 at 5pm PST. Winners will be announced during the event.
Tickets can be purchased at www.benaroyahall.com or by calling 206-215-4747. Cost is $75 for pre-show reception with complimentary beverages and heavy appetizers with the opportunity to mingle with the sports celebrities and $35 for the show only.
*PHOTO CREDIT: Vandersloot drives to the hoop in NCAA tournament win against UCLA by Associated Press