ATLANTA – Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry will miss the remainder of the 2018 WNBA season due to torn ligaments in her left knee, an injury suffered in the fourth quarter of the Dream’s game against the Las Vegas Aces Tuesday night.
“I want to thank all the fans, my coaching staff and teammates for giving me the chance to come back and play for the Dream this season,” McCoughtry said. “I am disappointed with the injury but I believe our team is in good hands. We have a supportive group and a lot of goals to still accomplish. I plan to be there every step of the way to help us reach them. I appreciate everyone and know I will come back stronger than ever.”
McCoughtry has played in all 29 games for the Dream this season, averaging 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 27.5 minutes. A 2018 WNBA All-Star, McCoughtry has helped lead the Dream to a 19-10 record, including victories in 11 of its last 12 games. Earlier in the season, she scored a career-high 39 points at New York.
Drafted No. 1 overall by the Dream in 2009, McCoughtry sat out the entire 2017 season to rest. Now in her ninth season, she has career averages of 19.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists. A perennial member of the WNBA All-Defensive team, she needs just three steals to reach 600 for her career.
“I am devastated for Angel,” head coach Nicki Collen said. “Angel is an incredible player but just as important, she has been a good leader and great teammate for us. While I know we have the depth to overcome her loss, we will be excited for her return. I know she will attack her rehab and return better than ever.”
The second-place Dream host the Los Angeles Sparks, who are sitting in third place, tonight beginning at 7 p.m. inside McCamish Pavilion.