One of the top teams in the league, Atlanta, will have to continue the rest of the season without Angel McCoughtry.
During Tuesday’s game against Las Vegas, McCoughtry was diving for a loss ball when a player for the Aces slid into her knee. After further evaluation, the Dream has diagnosed McCoughtry as having a torn ACL in her knee, therefore, ending her season early.
“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.”
McCoughtry also shared her thoughts:
“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. 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.”
With its win earlier this week, Atlanta clinched a spot in the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Dream, the playoffs will be a little bit tougher without their starter. McCoughtry has played in all 29 games this season averaging 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists.