-- Top Overall Pick in 2009 WNBA Draft Wins Award --

ATLANTA, October 1, 2009— Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry was named the 2009 adidas Rookie of the Year, the WNBA announced today. McCoughtry received 30 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters to earn the award.

“There was no doubt in my mind when I was scouting talent for the 2009 draft that Angel was a special player, and she proved that in her rookie season,” said Dream General Manager & Head Coach Marynell Meadors. “There was a lot of competition for this award but she was by far the best. I’m so proud of her and this is only the beginning. I don’t think she has really seen what she can do yet.”

McCoughtry, the No.1 overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft presented by adidas, topped the charts among all WNBA rookies in points (12.8) and steals (2.2) and ranked fifth in assists (2.1). She finished the season with two consecutive adidas Rookie of the Month honors. McCoughtry’s 2.2 steals per game led the Dream and placed her in the top five among league leaders.

“Statistics only tell part of the story about Angel, even though her numbers were incredible,” said Dream President & COO Bill Bolen. “Certain players just have the ability to take over a game, and Angel has that talent both offensively and defensively to will the team to victory. Her ability to step in as a key starter during our stretch run into the playoffs was remarkable for a rookie, and we are even more excited about what the 2010 season will bring for Angel in Atlanta.”

The 6’1” forward started her professional career by posting 15 points and seven rebounds in an 87-86 win over the Indiana Fever. One of her best games came in a 93-87 win over the San Antonio Silver Stars; McCoughtry posted a career-high 34 points, collected seven rebounds and dished out four assists. Another performance where McCoughtry’s versatility stood out was a win late in the season against the Monarchs. She had a career-high 10 assists and added 26 points and five rebounds. McCoughtry scored double-digits in all but 10 games during her first professional season.

McCoughtry helped propel a team that finished with only four wins in 2008 to second place in the Eastern Conference this season. The Dream advanced to the 2009 WNBA Playoffs presented by adidas, the first postseason appearance in franchise history. The 14-game improvement is the second-best single-season turnaround in WNBA history.

McCoughtry was honored with the adidas Rookie of the Month award in July and August. In July, she averaged 10.2 points, 2.0 steals per game and was nearly perfect from the free throw line during that span (17-for-18). In her 10 games played in August, she averaged 17.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.4 assists.

McCoughtry, the all-time leading scorer and rebounder at the University of Louisville, excelled on the court throughout her college career. She was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year as a senior and was Louisville’s first three-time All-America selection.

In honor of being named the 2009 adidas Rookie of the Year, McCoughtry will receive $5,000 and a specially-designed trophy by Tiffany & Co.

Below are the complete results of the 2009 adidas Rookie of the Year voting, followed by a list of previous winners:

2009 Rookie of the Year Results

  • Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream (30)
  • DeWanna Bonner, Phoenix Mercury (9)
  • Shavonte Zellous, Detroit Shock (2)

    Rookie of the Year Winners

  • 2009: Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream
  • 2008: Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
  • 2007: Armintie Price, Chicago Sky
  • 2006: Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx
  • 2005: Temeka Johnson, Washington Mystics
  • 2004: Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
  • 2003: Cheryl Ford, Detroit Shock
  • 2002: Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever
  • 2001: Jackie Stiles, Portland Fire
  • 2000: Betty Lennox, Minnesota Lynx
  • 1999: Chamique Holdsclaw, Washington Mystics
  • 1998: Tracy Reid, Charlotte Sting