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20 Moments of 2016 – September 21: Angel McCoughtry, Playoff Hero

In the days leading up to the New Year, WNBA.com is reliving the best of the league’s landmark 20th season in its 20 Moments of 2016 series. Check back each day from now until December 31 for more!

20 MOMENTS: WNBA Draft | Breanna Stewart’s Debut | Wings’ First Game in Dallas | Mystics-Sun Triple-OT | Lynx-Sparks Round 1 | WNBA Top 20@20 | Taurasi’s 7,000th Point | Hammon’s Jersey Retired | Jackson’s Jersey Retired | EDD vs. Stewie Duel | Olympians Capture Gold | Swin Cash Night | Pondexter Moves to No. 5 in Scoring | So Long, Penny | Stars Celebrate Duo | Tamika’s Farewell | Angel’s Playoff Showcase | Ogwumike Named MVP | Beard’s Finals Buzzer-Beater | An Epic Finale

The Moment

Playing without Tiffany Hayes (suspension) and Sancho Lyttle (injury), the Dream needed a special outing from their star to overcome the up-and-coming Storm in the first round. They got exactly that, as Angel McCoughtry dropped 37 points on 14-of-21 shooting en route to a 94-85 victory.

The Flashback

Angel McCoughtry Pours In 37 To Lead Dream Over Storm

The Significance

On a night when she was virtually unstoppable, McCoughtry finished with the seventh-most points ever scored in a WNBA playoff game. The perennial All-Star now owns four of the league’s seven best playoff scoring performances, including the highest ever with 42 against New York in 2010.

Many expected the short-handed Dream to bow out in the first round. The Storm were the lower seed, but they had won five of their final six regular-season games and posted a 7-3 record after the Olympic break. Seattle led by eight at halftime before McCoughtry guided a furious comeback. In addition to her 37 points, she recorded a playoff career-high seven assists.

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