Atlanta Dream's Angel McCoughtry Earns Eastern Conference Player of the Month Honors

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    AtlantaDream guard/forward Angel McCoughtry has been named the WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the second time during the 2013 season, the league office announced Monday. McCoughtry won the inaugural award for the current season just two weeks ago.

    McCoughtry led Atlanta to victories over Seattle and Chicago last week as the Dream improved to a league-best record of 6-1. In the two games, McCoughtry averaged 23 points on 50 percent shooting, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 4.0 steals and 2.5 blocks.

    On Friday against Seattle, McCoughtry led Atlanta in points, rebounds, assists and steals during a 68-59 victory. She totaled 23 points, nine boards, seven assists and five steals in the contest.

    Two days later in a battle for first place in the East against Chicago, she poured in 23 points with six rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists while setting a career high with four blocked shots in an 88-74 victory.

    McCoughtry, who earned the ninth Player of the Week award during her career, is currently ranked second in the league in steals (3.6), fourth in assists (5.0), fifth in scoring (19.4) and 13th in rebounding (6.4).

    Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.

    Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne, New York’s Cappie Pondexter and Washington’s Crystal Langhorne in the East, as well as Los Angeles’ Kristi Toliver and Nneka Ogwumike, Minnesota’s Lindsay Whalen and Seattle’s Tina Thompson in the West.

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