Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream Named adidas Rookie of the Month for July

NEW YORK, Aug. 4, 2009 – The WNBA named the Atlanta Dream’s Angel McCoughtry the adidas Rookie of the Month for games played in July.

In nine games, McCoughtry led all rookies in steals per game (2.0) and ranked third in points per game (10.2). She was nearly perfect from the free throw line during this span, making all but one to rank second among rookies (.944). McCoughtry’s then-season high in steals (6), along with her 20 points, came in a 98-95 victory over the 2008 WNBA defending champion Detroit Shock. In five out of the nine games played in July, McCoughtry scored in double-figures. Over the month, she helped the Dream to a 5-4 record.

The first overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft presented by adidas, McCoughtry has scored in double digits in 12 of 20 games played this year. With her scoring ability, McCoughtry has helped the Dream improve to a 10-10 record, already bettering last year’s inaugural record by six wins. McCoughtry currently ranks in the top ten in the league in steals per game (1.8).

Below are the highlights of McCoughtry’s outstanding month:

  • July 3 vs. Washington: 14 points on 6-12 shooting from the field in a 72-65 win.
  • July 5 vs. Indiana: 15 points and four assists in a 78-74 loss.
  • July 22 vs. Detroit: Then-career-high six steals and 20 points, including 7-7 on free throws, in a 98-95 win.
  • July 30 vs. Phoenix: 17 points in 18 minutes including 7-10 in field goals in a 106-76 win.

    About the WNBA
    The WNBA is a unique global sports property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with its status as an icon for social change, achievement, and diversity. Comprised of 13 teams, the WNBA is the most successful women’s professional team sports league in the world. The league concluded its historic 12th regular season with increases in attendance, ratings, Web traffic, and merchandise sales. The 2009 WNBA season tipped off June 6 on ABC.

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    About adidas
    The adidas Group is one of the global leaders within the sporting goods industry, offering a broad range of products around three core segments: adidas, Reebok and Taylor Made-adidas. adidas has been providing innovative products for the world's best athletes for more than 50 years, from past legends to today's superstars, such as Dwight Howard, Candace Parker, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan. On April 11, 2006 adidas and the National Basketball Association signed an 11-year global merchandising partnership making the adidas brand the official uniform and apparel provider for the NBA, the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the NBA Development League (D-League) beginning with the 2006-07 NBA season.

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