Former Gonzaga Bulldogs point guard Courtney Vandersloot moved into third place in WNBA history in assists on Sunday in the Chicago Sky’s overtime win over the Connecticut Sun.
Sloot finished the contest with 16 points, 12 assists, and eight rebounds, with her 2,349th assist coming in overtime to pass Lindsay Whalen for third in league history.
“Lindsay’s one of my favorite players of all time, too,” Vandersloot told Annie Costabile of the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s special to be mentioned among these players. I always say, I play with a bunch of bucket-getters.”
Sloot is 252 assists away from passing Ticha Penicheiro for second place all-time, although she has over 800 assists to go before she catches Sue Bird for first place.
Of course, Vandersloot has totaled 200+ assists in each of the past five seasons, and assuming she can stay healthy she has an excellent chance of finishing her storied career as the WNBA’s all-time assist leader.
While this alone is an incredible accomplishment for Vandersloot and Gonzaga, it’s made even more fun by the fact that John Stockton remains the all-time assist leader in the NBA, potentially paving the way for the little school is Spokane to be the alma mater of the greatest men’s and women’s passers of all-time.
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