Vandersloot leads Gonzaga past Saint Mary's

By Lynn Debruin

Associated Press

Published: Monday, March 7 2011 3:10 p.m. MST

Gonzaga's Janelle Bekkering, left, passes the ball around St. Mary's Suzie Davis during the championship game of the West Coast Conference college basketball tournament, Monday, March 7, 2011, in Las Vegas.

Julie Jacobson, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — Courtney Vandersloot showed Monday that she was worthy of the Naismith Award with 18 points, 16 assists and even a blocked shot as 20th-ranked Gonzaga beat Saint Mary's 72-46 to claim its third straight West Coast Conference tournament title.

The Bulldogs (28-4) now turn their attention to the NCAA tournament, where they advanced to the Sweet 16 a year ago.

Saint Mary's (19-12) likely is headed to the women's National Invitation Tournament.

Vandersloot early Monday was chosen winner of the Naismith Award as the top female collegian 5-foot-8 and under.

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