Monday, July 27, 2020
She's back....McCoughtry goes for 25 in Aces loss to Sky -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
ANGEL McCOUGHTRY RETURNS TO COURT
Cardinals WBB great Angel McCoughtry did not play last year in the WNBA. She suffered a knee injury in August 2018 that ended her season. The former Atlanta Dream superstar hurt herself playing against the Las Vegas Aces.
Let's hop in the Paulie time machine and fast forward to late July 2020. Guess who Angel plays for now? That's right, the Las Vegas Aces. Those same Las Vegas Aces she got injured against. Those Aces that eliminated the Chicago Sky from the WNBA playoffs in 2019 with the miracle half-court shot from Dearica Hamby as time expired.
The WNBA has a sense of flair and dramatics, it seems. Who was Las Vegas' first opponent for 2020? Why, no other than the Chicago Sky.
The two squads matched up again on WNBA opening weekend yesterday and Angel wasted no time in showing she's back, she's healthy and she hasn't lost any of her on-court skills.
McCoughtry went for 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Las Vegas' narrow 88-86 loss to the Chicago Sky in the "wubble" yesterday.
Another day, another Louisville Cardinal WBB great goes off on the competition.
This was a tough loss for the Aces. They led 86-77 with 4-1/2 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Chicago proved to be the better team in that final part of the fourth quarter, though, and the Sky's 11-0 run to end the game was punctuated with Allie Quigley sinking a contested three-pointer with 15 seconds to play to give the 88-86 win to Chi-Town. The Aces had two attempts to tie or take the lead after that but could not score.
As my wife joked during the run..."It looks like the sky has opene up over Las Vegas.
Angel likes her teammate A'ja Wilson, it seems, who toiled for South Carolina in college. Wilson had 22 points and 11 rebounds and was the beneficiary of several McCoughtry assists for buckets.
So, after opening weekend we see two Cardinals up at the top of the scoring stats in the league. Only Monique Billings, second year pro who played for UCLA and now suits up for Atlanta, out-scored Myisha Hines-Allen (27 points) and McCoughtry....ho are the second and third-leading scorers after opening weekend. Billings put up 30 yesterday in Atlanta's 105-95 win over Dallas.
Atlanta was probably the worst team in the WNBA last year, without Angel. It looks like they may have found a scorer in Billings to replace her, though, and it's a franchise and a city that could stand some good news.
In other Sunday action, the Minnesota Lynx came back and downed the Connecticut Sun 77-69.
It's so wonderful to see Angel back on the court, hitting that mid-range jumper, showing her blazing speed and quickness and facilitating her teammates. She's still got it, Las Vegas Aces future opponents. Get ready for it, it's gonna happen!
We're very proud...here at Cardinal Couple...of our Cardinals that are in the WNBA and hope that they'll have great success in the league this season. We'll follow them and report to you on their successes as the league progresses.
The WNBA may be one of the few women's sports around" this fall, who knows? 2020 has been weird, but...we can take some pride, joy and get excited about Angel, Myisha, Kylee and Jaz as this season progresses. Yes, we miss Asia Durr but here's hoping she recovers fully and can return to hoops after she does.
Sometimes, a layoff can be beneficial. Ask Angel McCoughtry.
Now, let's see what we can do about getting Arica Carter, Asia Taylor and Sam Fuehring back on rosters....right? Let's go even further back and see if Shoni Schimmel can still dazzlemthe league like she did herr first year.
Have a marvelous Monday!