- McCoughtry wins award for third time this season -

ATLANTA, August 22, 2011 — Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry was named the WNBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week for regular season games played Monday, August 15 through Sunday, August 21.

McCoughtry’s 23.7 points per game ranked second in both the WNBA and the Eastern Conference as the surging Dream, winner of 10 of its last 14 games, posted a 2-1 mark on the week. Within the conference, the 2009 Rookie of the Year also ranked third in blocks (1.3 bpg), fourth in assists (4.3 apg), fifth in rebounds (8.3 rpg) and tied for fifth in steals (2.33 spg).

For the season, McCoughtry ranks second in the league in scoring (20.4 ppg) behind Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi (21.0 ppg). Her 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest are 11th and 12th best, respectively, in the Eastern Conference.

The University of Louisville product and Baltimore native put together her best outing of the week in a 94-88 win over the Connecticut Sun on Aug. 19, when she recorded a double-double with 26 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. She sent the game into overtime when she blocked a shot by Allison Hightower on the final play of regulation and then scored a pair of key baskets in the extra period. Three days earlier, in an 84-79 road victory over Los Angeles, she scored 23 points and contributed five assists. McCoughtry closed out the week with 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists in a loss at Connecticut.

The Player of the Week award is the third of the year for McCoughtry and the fifth of her career.

Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.

Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Chicago’s Sylvia Fowles, Indiana’s Tamika Catchings, New York’s Cappie Pondexter, Phoenix’s Penny Taylor, Seattle’s Sue Bird and Washington’s Crystal Langhorne.

The Atlanta Dream is the defending Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) Eastern Conference Champion. The Dream plays 17 home games this summer at Philips Arena. The Dream hosts the Indiana Fever on August 30 at 7:30 p.m.; the Washington Mystics on September 2 at 7:30 p.m.; the Tulsa Shock on September 4 at 3:00 p.m.; and the Connecticut Sun on September 6 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, visit or call (877) 977-7729.