Vandersloot Passing Her Way To the Top of the Record Books

Years of hard work & dedication are paying dividends for Sky point guard Courtney Vandersloot. In the month of May, Vandersloot became the Sky’s all-time leader in assists, passing Dominique Canty’s 507 mark in a Memorial Day game against the Lynx. Additionally, her 13-assist effort against Connecticut on May 30 set a new franchise single game record, passing her previous mark of 11 assists. The Sky’s humble point guard shares these honors with the great players on her team.

“I think it’s just a huge credit to my teammates because they’re the ones scoring the baskets. My job is easy; I’ve got a lot of great scorers on my team,” said Sky point guard Courtney Vandersloot following last Monday’s game against the Lynx.

After being selected third overall by the Chicago Sky in the 2011 WNBA Draft, Vandersloot initially had trouble adjusting to the physicality of the pro game. The former standout point guard at Gonzaga University started 53 for her first 68 games through two seasons with the team, but the 2012 campaign was a difficult one for Courtney, who led the WNBA in turnovers with 3.26 per game. Rather than giving up, Vandersloot used the offseason to drastically improve her all-around game.

The 2013 season saw a new and improved Vandersloot. Reporting to training camp with an added 18 pounds of muscle, head coach Pokey Chatman and the rest of the Chicago Sky organization knew they were going to see a stronger and improved game from their point guard.

In the 2013 season Vandersloot set new career-bests in assists (5.6), minutes (29.8), rebounds (3.2), steals (1.4), free throw shooting (83.3%), and turnovers (2.48). Courtney also led the WNBA in charges taken (22) and topped all guards in blocked shots with 24.

As Vandersloot’s game improved, so did her team’s performance. Last year, the Sky finished atop the Eastern Conference with a 24-10 record, the best in franchise history. Despite starting the 2014 season without All-Stars Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince, Vandersloot managed to guide her new look Sky team to the best regular season start in franchise history. Through six games, she leads the WNBA in total assists (54), assists per game (9.0), and assists per 40 minutes (12.0).

“I really just focus on getting everyone involved,” said Courtney on her increased assist production. “I think that’s important because so much focus, especially right now, is on Elena, so it’s leaving players like Allie [Quigley] and Courtney [Clements], that are just good shooters, wide open and their getting good looks.”

While reigning Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne may be receiving much attention, it’s Vandersloot who is the real catalyst behind this team’s success, but you won’t hear that from her. Courtney, who is very humble, regularly deflects the praise to her teammates such as Sky forward Elena Delle Donne.

“She is a point guard's dream. You can give her the ball anytime and she's going to be successful,” said the Sky’s floor general on her 6-foot-5 counterpart.

With each game the Vandersloot/Delle Donne on-court chemistry continues to blossom. See the duo return to action on Friday, June 6 at Allstate Arena when the Chicago Sky takes on the Los Angeles Sparks at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game will also air locally on The U Too and WNBA LiveAccess.

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