WNBA Las Vegas Aces star Angel McCoughtry tears ACL in right knee

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LAS VEGAS – Angel McCoughtry, a forward/guard for the Las Vegas Aces has a torn ACL and meniscus in her right knee, the team announced Monday.

The five-time WNBA All-Star was hurt less than three minutes into a preseason game Saturday against the Los Angeles Sparks. McCoughtry came down with an offensive rebound before being helped from the court.

“Eerily similar to what happened to me the first time, and my results came back as a torn ACL, torn meniscus. I was heartbroken. Again,” McCoughtry said on social media. “Initially, every negative thought came to my head. Then I realized … this game has been such a blessing to me and so has God. I will conquer this challenge even better than last time. I will recover and fight my way back to the court. I still have tons of basketball to play, God has ALWAYS delivered for me … and it’s not over yet!”

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The 34-year-old averaged 14.4 points and 5.1 rebounds last season with Las Vegas, her first with the team. She missed the 2019 season after suffering a knee injury the year before.

McCoughtry, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, spent her first 10 season with the Atlanta Dream and led to the team to eight postseason appearances, including trips to the WNBA Finals in 2010, 2011 and 2013. She led the WNBA in scoring in 2012 and 2013.

McCoughtry signed with Las Vegas as a free agent in February 2020.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Angel McCoughtry: WNBA Las Vegas Aces star tears ACL in right knee