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It seemed like some sort of divine intervention that a player who was living the dream would sign with the Dream. Angel McCoughtry, a three-time All-American for Louisville, had the sort of 2009 that a basketball player only dreams of.

Less than a week after leading the Cardinals to their first NCAA Tournament championship game, McCoughtry was chosen as the No. 1 overall pick of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream.

"The thing I really like the most about Angel is that she plays both ends of the court and is already defensive-minded," Dream General Manager and Head Coach Marynell Meadors said after McCoughtry was selected. "It speaks volumes that she led a conference as tough as the Big East in scoring, rebounding and steals for the last three years."

After a slow start, McCoughtry helped the Dream to a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference, the second-best single season turnaround in league history.

For that, she was named WNBA Rookie of the Year.

Those types of honors have come in droves for the 6-foot-1 forward, who finished her Cardinals career as the school's all-time leading scorer (2,779 points) and rebounder (1,261 boards).

After the WNBA season, she competed with the U.S. National Team and now leads her Slovakia team in her first European season.

Jennifer Smith