Courtney Vandersloot wins award

Updated: April 1, 2011, 6:44 PM ET
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Gonzaga senior guard Courtney Vandersloot is the 2011 Nancy Lieberman Award winner.

The award recognizes the nation's top women's Division I college point guard. The criteria for the award are the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills. Sportswriters determine the award winner and finalists.

Vandersloot helped the Bulldogs (31-5) reach their first Elite Eight.

Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Jeanette Pohlen (Stanford) and Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma) were also finalists.

Vandersloot, a 5-foot-8 point guard, is the first NCAA Division I player, male or female, to accumulate more than 2,000 points and 1,000 assists in a career. She finished with 2,073 points and 1,118 assists. She averaged 19.8 points a game and led the nation in assists for the second year in a row averaging 10.2.

Vandersloot broke the NCAA single-season assist record with 367. She is also became Gonzaga's single-season scoring leader with 712 points.