Personal: McCoughtry is the daughter of Roi and Sharon McCoughtry. She majored in communications at Louisville.
Other Professional Experience: McCoughtry has started 263-of-311 games during 13-year WNBA career. She was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Atlanta Dream in the 2009 WNBA Draft. She owns 18.6 career scoring average while grabbing 5.0 rebounds per contest. She is a five-time WNBA All-Star selection (2011, 2013-15, 2018) and a two-time All-WNBA First Team performer in 2011 and 2015. Additionally, she has received Second-Team All-WNBA distinction four times. She was named to WNBA’s 25th Anniversary Team in 2021. McCoughtry spent her first 10 seasons with Atlanta, averaging 19.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game from 2009-19. She was the 2009 WNBA Rookie of the Year after leading all rookies in scoring and steals. She also ranked fourth among all players in steals per game. She reached double figures in 24-of-34 games as a rookie, including six 20-point outings. She collected two double-doubles during inaugural WNBA campaign. McCoughtry was the WNBA’s third-leading scorer in 2010 after collecting 21.1 points per game. She posted double figures in scoring in all 34 contests, including 21 games with 20 or more points. She set the WNBA postseason record with 42 points in the Eastern Conference Final against New York. She also established the WNBA Finals single-game standard by scoring 35 points in Game 3 against Seattle. She ranked second in the WNBA in scoring during the 2011 campaign after averaging career-best 21.6 points per game. She also tallied 31 games with 10 or more points, including 18 efforts of 20 or more points. She eclipsed her own WNBA Finals record with 38-point outburst against Minnesota in Game 2. She won her first WNBA scoring title in 2012 with 21.4 average. She also paced the league in steals en route to All-Defensive First Team honors. McCoughtry joined Sheryl Swoopes as only the players in league history to lead league in scoring and steals in same season. She claimed the WNBA single-game record by sinking all 17 free throw attempts against Chicago on June 2, 2012. She received second straight WNBA scoring crown with 21.5 average in 2013 while being selected to start All-Star Game for second time in her career. She netted 15 or more points in 32 consecutive outings to begin 2012 campaign. She was nominated for an ESPY in “Best WNBA Player” category in 2014 after finishing third in league’s MVP voting. She ranked fourth in the league in scoring with 18.5 point per game clip. McCoughtry also led league in steals for the second time in her career. She also paced the league in steals during 2015 campaign while finishing as WNBA’s second-leading scorer. She averaged 19.5 points per game while starting 33-of-34 contests during 2016 campaign. She was named to 2018 WNBA All-Star Team after sitting out 2017 campaign. She appeared in 28 games with 26 starts before suffering season-ending injury. She scored 16.5 points per game before the injury and missed majority of 2019 season before returning to average 14.4 points per outing in first season with Las Vegas in 2020. She was injured during a preseason game against Los Angeles and missed most of the 2021 campaign. She appeared in two games with Minnesota in 2022 after being signed by the Lynx on February 2, 2022. She has also played overseas in Slovakia, Hungary, Turkey, Russia and Lebanon. She led MKB-Euroleasing Sopron to 2011 Hungarian National League title. She also won the 2011 Hungarian Cup. She guided Fenerbahçe Istanbul to pair of Turkish National League championships in 2012 and 2013. She is a four-time Turkish President Cup winner. She is a member of the 2017 EuroLeague champion squad with Dynamo Kursk. She helped Homenetmen Antelias secure 2017 Lebanese Basketball League crown.
International Experience: McCoughtry is a member of Team USA since 2009 who has earned five Gold medals. She claimed the Gold medal at 2012 Olympics in London and 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She also guided the United States to titles at the 2010 World Championship in Czech Republic and 2014 World Championship in Turkey. She was a member of the Gold medal squad at 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil.
College Experience: McCoughtry was a four-year letter winner at Louisville who appeared in 139 games from 2005-09. She led the Cardinals to 106-33 record during her college career and became the first women’s basketball player in Louisville history to have her jersey retired on November 12, 2010. She was also inducted into University of Louisville Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019. She is the Cardinals’ all-time leading scorer with 2,779 points and holds career standards with 1,261 rebounds, 481 steals and 56 double-doubles. She ranks third in school history with 162 carer blocked shots. She is one of three players in program history to earn multiple WBCA All-America First Team citations after receiving award in each of final three years, and a member of the 2008-09 Wooden All-America Team. McCoughtry is a three-time Associated Press All-America pick, including First-Team status in 2008-09. She was named to the USBWA All-America First Team as a junior and senior. She garnered ESPNW First-Team All-America recognition in 2008-09. She also secured First-Team All-America notice three times from Basketball Times, Full Court Press and Sports Page Magazine. She was the 2006-07 BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year and also received BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year plaudits in 2008-09. She is a three-time First-Team All-BIG EAST selection and member of 2005-06 BIG EAST All-Freshman Team. McCoughtry is one of two players in program history to earn NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team status, doing so in 2009. She is a two-time NCAA All-Regional Team selection. She owns four of the top seven single-game scoring marks in program history, including three games with 40 or more points. She owns the top three single-season scoring totals, including program-record 901 points during 2008-09 season. She led Cardinals in scoring during each of her final three seasons and ranks first in single-season and career made field goals at Louisville. She converted a school-record 200 free throws during senior campaign and finished with program-record 552 made free throws. She is one of five players in school history to record 20 or more rebounds in a game. She holds three of the top four single-season rebounding marks and led the Cardinals in rebounding and steals all four years. She posted school-record 10 steals in a game three times. She led NCAA Division I with school-record 164 steals as a senior. She is also one of two players in school history with multiple career triple-doubles, scoring 21 points with 11 rebounds and 10 steals against Xavier on December 9, 2007; and collecting 18 points with 10 rebounds and 10 steals against Hartford on December 10, 2008. She owns the Louisville single-game NCAA Tournament scoring mark with 35 points against South Carolina in 2008.
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