Gonzaga women's basketball retires Courtney Vandersloot's No. 21

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Sunday, February 12, 2023

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Kaylynne Truong scored 20 points to lead No. 23 Gonzaga to a 63-53 win over Portland to snap a first-place tie with the Pilots on a Saturday when the Bulldogs retired the jersey of Courtney Vandersloot.

Vandersloot was present with a sellout crowd at 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center, where her No. 21 jersey was retired before the game, the first Gonzaga women's player to be so honored.

The point guard, who earned a number of All-American honors, including a second-team selection on The Associated Press team, was a three-time player of the year in the WCC and set the NCAA single-season assists record with 367 as a senior when she led Gonzaga to the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight.

She was the first Division I player, woman or man, to reach career totals of 2,000 points and 1,000 assists.

Vandersloot recently signed a free agent contract with the New York Liberty after having spent her entire WNBA career with theChicago Sky, who drafted her with the third overall pick in 2011. She helped lead the Sky to their only championship in 2021.