Angel McCoughtry kissing KFC Yum! Center floor – Cindy Rice Shelton photo

Former UofL star Angel McCoughtry is closely guarded by current favorite Jazmine Jones under the watchful eyes of Coach Jeff Walz in the Team USA vs. Louisville exhibition game. Jones led Louisville in scoring with 12 points (Mike DeZarn photo).
Angel McCoughtry applauds the crowd of 12,008 who welcomed her back to Louisville on Sunday (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

Almost 10 years after she was the No. 1 draft pick of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, Angel McCoughtry returned as a contender for a Team USA position against her former University of Louisville basketball team on Sunday.

An important game for numerous reasons for McCoughtry, including the fact that she had led the Cardinals to their first NCAA Final Four appearance during her senior year. But there’s more at stake this year because she is seeking a comeback after injuring a knee in 2018 season. She did not see any action during the 2019 season.

Dan Evans with two of her 10 points against Team USA. She also had six assists and five rebounds (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

Louisville still occupies a strong place in McCoughtry’s heart. She left to a standing ovation from the crowd of 12,008 after scoring 11 points in 21 minutes, kneeling to plant a kiss on the KFC Yum! Center floor. Far from certain that she will make the Olympic team but McCoughtry was ecstatic playing against her old team.

“What a great experience. The arena was full of people, and that just shows you how far we’ve come,” said McCoughtry. “Louisville looks great and I expect them to go deep in the tournament. They play so fast and I think that’s why they beat a lot of teams.”‘

The Cardinals scored 10 unanswered points midway through the opening quarter and a jumper by Mykasa Robinson put them up 19-13.  Far too much talent on the WNBA squad, however, catching up in the second quarter and putting the game out of reach in the third quarter. Final score: Team USA 97, Louisville 54.

Jazmine Jones finished with 12 points for UofL on 4-9 shooting, while Dana Evans had  10 points and six assists .

A timely learning experience for the Cardinals who are 21-1 overall and 10-0 in the ACC.  The beating a reminder that the UofL women had much room to improve as they prepare for a showdown against Florida State (18-4, 7-4) on Thursday at the Yum! Center.

The teams got together at center court after the celebrate top flight women’s basketball in Louisville (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

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  • February 4, 2020 at 3:02 pm
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    So nice to see a great article about our Womens basketball program and the history that is growing. Thank You,

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