With torn knee ligaments, Atlanta Dream all-star forward Angel McCoughtry will miss the rest of the season, in addition to the playoffs, according to Thursday’s announcement.
The team confirmed the all-star’s extensive damages and foreseen absence after Tuesday’s fourth quarter accident and the team’s ultimate win over the Las Vegas Aces.
This is a crushing loss for Atlanta, a team that has caught fire at the perfect time ahead of the playoffs, going 9-1 in its last 10 games, SB Nation reports. The WNBA plays a 34-game regular season.
“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 in a release. “I am disappointed with the injury but I believe our team is in good hands. We have a support 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’s team struggled out of the playoffs as a result of her absence last season off from the WNBA. With her back in the lineup and the emergence of all-star snub Tiffany Hayes, Atlanta became a basketball powerhouse again out of nowhere with a better record than the perennial Finals contender Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks.
McCoughtry has been one of the league’s best scorers for nearly a decade. This season she was averaging 17 points per game — second on the team behind Hayes — with six rebounds and three assists per game. “She’s been the Dream’s centerpiece since they drafted her, and finally, it seemed the team surrounded her with the right talent to potentially win its first-ever championship”, SB Nation details.