By Special to the Daily World
WASHINGTON – Angel McCoughtry scored a season-high 33 points to lead the Atlanta Dream to an 86-79 victory over the Washington Mystics on July 20.
The Dream won their first road game since June 14, when they beat the New York Liberty before going on a three-game road skid. Atlanta has now notched three consecutive wins, including home wins over Chicago and Indiana going into the All-Star game break.
Atlanta went on a 6-0 run down the stretch to seal the victory, getting baskets from Sandora Irvin, Armintie Price and Lindsey Harding, before the Mystics began intentionally fouling. McCoughtry also set season highs with 10 field goals, 11 free throws made and 17 free-throw attempts.
Crystal Langhorne had 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Mystics. Marissa Coleman scored 21 points, including 5-of-8 shooting on 3-pointers and Nicky Anosike grabbed 14 rebounds. Matee Ajavon added 12 points and Jasmine Thomas had 10.
Langhorne made her first five shots, all inside the arc, before missing a 3-pointer. She made all six of her two-point attempts in the first quarter, scoring 14 points and grabbing four rebounds in the period.
Atlanta’s Harding scored 14 points and Price had 12. Alison Bales added nine points and 10 rebounds.
McCoughtry has been named a starter for the Eastern Conference in the 2011 WNBA All-Star game. Dream Head Coach Marynell Meadors will coach the Eastern Conference squad.
The 2011 WNBA All-Star Game will be nationally broadcast on ABC, Saturday., July 23 at 3:30 p.m. from San Antonio.
McCoughtry finished second among forwards in the Eastern Conference with 14,132 votes. Last year, she competed for USA Basketball during the “2010 WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun” game.
McCoughtry, a 6-1 forward, is averaging 15.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game this season. The 2009 WNBA Rookie of the Year, McCoughtry isin her third season in the WNBA. She was selected by the Dream with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft.
The Eastern Conference will be led by Meadors, who will be coaching at the WNBA All-Star game for the first time in her career. The 2009 WNBA Coach of the Year, Meadors has led the Dream to back-to-back playoff appearances in three seasons, including the 2010 Eastern Conference Championship.
Seattle’s Brian Agler will coach the West, after his Storm captured the 2010 Western Conference Championship.