Angel at heart of Louisville's success
Louisville forward Angel McCoughtry is majoring in communications, with a minor in African-American theater. She took an acting class and found she had natural talent. Of course, she has a few other skills, to say the least, in basketball.And acting can come in handy on the court, she jokes.
"We're all getting better and adjusting each game," McCoughtry said. "Our team is long and lanky, and we like to get up and down the court. That's really our style of play."McCoughtry says her favorite athlete is Dawn Staley, who served as her coach on the U.S. Pan Am Games team this summer. McCoughtry led that squad to a gold medal with a team-best 12.6 points per game. "I really learned a lot from her; she taught me so many things that could improve my game," McCoughtry said of Staley, the Temple coach and a point guard legend. "Things like my ballhandling and understanding how to go different speeds to mix up your opponents. And little mental tips, game-situational stuff. "Plus, it really helped me to play with those players, the best in the nation. Everybody was really nice. This was my first time with USA Basketball, and they made me feel comfortable. (North Carolina's) Erlana Larkins and (Stanford's) Candice Wiggins, especially, were a big inspiration to me. Now I can bring that to my team." Competing with that group -- after her Big East award and being named a Kodak All-American last season -- helped McCoughtry fully realize that she is, indeed, one of the top players in the college game. "I believe I can say that now," she said. "And if feels really good to be able to say that." Mechelle Voepel of The Kansas City Star is a regular contributor to ESPN.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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