Angel McCoughtry Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week
McCoughtry – the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for June – led the Dream to a 3-0 record last week while topping the conference in scoring (22.0), tying for first in steals (2.3), tying for fifth in assists (4.0) and adding 6.7 rebounds per game. She helped the Dream solidify its hold on the Eastern Conference lead, as the Dream improved to 15-5 overall to build a 5.5-game lead in the conference..
McCoughtry started her week with 22 points, six rebounds and four assists in an 83-71 victory over Connecticut last Tuesday (July 8). Saturday night in Indiana, she contributed 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals during a 19-point (93-74) victory over the Fever.
Sunday evening, on the second night of back-to-back games, she poured in 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds – both matching her season highs – for her second double-double of the year to help Atlanta claim an 81-79 overtime victory over Chicago. She also added four more assists and a pair of steals.
McCoughtry, who will start for the East in Saturday’s WNBA All-Star game, currently leads the league in steals (2.33), ranks third in scoring (20.0), 11th in assists (4.2) and 20th in rebounds (5.6). She has scored at least 20 points nine times in her 19 games.
Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.
Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week in the Eastern Conference were Chicago’s Sylvia Fowles, Connecticut’s Chiney Ogwumike, Indiana’s Tamika Catchings, and Washington’s Emma Meesseman. The additional candidate in the Western Conference was Tulsa’s Skylar Diggins.
The three-time Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream is in its seventh season in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Dream has qualified for the playoffs in each of the past five seasons, including conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010. Season tickets and single-game tickets for the 2014 season can be purchased by calling (877) 977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net. The next home game is scheduled for July 25 against the Chicago Sky at 7:30 p.m. The complete 2014 schedule can be found at www.wnba.com/dream/schedule.