Angel McCoughtry Earns WNBA Peak Performer Honor as League's Scoring Champion

ATLANTA, Sept. 24, 2012 – The Atlanta Dream’s Angel McCoughtry was honored with a 2012 WNBA Peak Performer Award for leading the league in scoring, the WNBA announced Monday. McCoughtry, who also led the league in steals, is the first member of the Dream to lead the league in scoring.

The WNBA presents the Peak Performer awards annually to the players who lead the league in scoring, rebounding and assists during the regular season. Each player will receive a trophy crafted by Tiffany in honor of her accomplishments.

McCoughtry earned her first Peak Performer award for scoring after averaging 21.4 points per game in 2012. The four-year veteran averaged more than 20 points per game for the third straight year and shot 45 percent from the floor. The Louisville product scored 20 or more points in 18 of her 24 games this season, including a season-high 33 against Chicago on June 2. Her career average of 19.0 points per game ranks her fourth all-time in the league.

McCoughtry was the runner-up in the scoring race last year when she averaged 21.6 points, losing the title to Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi by less than a tenth of a point. This season, she outdistanced the Mercury’s DeWanna Bonner, who was second with an average of 20.6 points per game.

In the steals race, McCoughtry held off her teammate, Sancho Lyttle, who won the league’s steals title last year. McCoughtry averaged 2.50 steals per game, while Lyttle was second at 2.4. However, Lyttle, who played in all 34 games, broke McCoughtry’s franchise record for steals in a season, finishing with a league-high 82.

McCoughtry became just the second player in WNBA history to lead the league in scoring and steals in the same season, joining Sheryl Swoopes, who accomplished the feat in 2000.

The other WNBA Peak Performer Awards went to Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx), who led the league in rebounding and assists, respectively.

The two-time defending Eastern Conference champion Atlanta Dream (19-15) opens its Eastern Conference Semifinals series against Indiana (22-12) on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. ET in Indianapolis. The Dream will host Game 2 at Philips Arena on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. ET. Tickets for the game, which will be televised live on ESPN2, can be purchased by calling (877) 977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net.