April 9, 2009
Louisvillle, Ky. -
Seniors Angel McCoughtry and Candyce Bingham were selected in the 2009 WNBA Draft. McCoughtry was selected as the number one pick by the Atlanta Dream. While Bingham selected as 39th pick by the San Antonio Silver Stars.
McCoughtry finished her career at the University of Louisville as the all-time leader in many categories, including all-time leading scorer and rebounder with 2,779 points and 1,261 rebounds. She finished her four year career averaging 20 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. In her final season with the Cardinals, McCoughtry averaged 23.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. She was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and a first team All-BIG EAST selection for the third consecutive season. McCoughtry also was named a WBCA/State Farm All-American for the third straight year, becoming Louisville's first three time All-American. She was named a first team All-American by the Associated Press, USBWA, ESPN.com, and CBSSportsline.com. She led the BIG EAST Conference in scoring, rebounding and steals for the three straight years. She led the nation in steals this season with 4.3 per game.
"The thing I really like the most about Angel is that she plays both ends of the court and is already defensive-minded," said Dream General Manager and Head Coach Marynell Meadors. "It speaks volumes that she led a conference as tough as the Big East in scoring, rebounding and steals for the last three years. She rebounds, she scores and I think her upside is huge. She's going to be a great addition to our team."
Bingham has been a crucial part of the Cardinals success the past two seasons. She was second on the team in scoring and rebounding the last two years averaging 13.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in her career. She earned first team All-BIG EAST honors her senior year and was a member of the BIG EAST All-Tournament team. She averaged 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game her senior year. She was also second on the team in steals with 63 on the year. She was also named to the Raleigh Regional All-Tournament team, helping the Cardinals advance to their first ever Final Four Appearance. Bingham finished her two year career with 985 points and 562 rebounds.
was on our short list of players from the very beginning and we were so pleased to be able to finish the draft by selecting her," said Silver Stars Coach Dan Hughes. "She really helped Louisville this season with her interior play, her hustle and leadership. We are excited to have her in training camp."