The Sky couldn’t solve McCoughtry in Game 2. She made 13 of 20 field-goal attempts and 13 of 14 free-throw tries while coming close to her career postseason high of 42 points.
Sky coach Pokey Chatman said McCoughtry “set the tone early and put the team on her back and you can’t have that.” But Chatman said the Sky also came up short in three key areas: allowing 31 fast-break points, committing 15 turnovers that Atlanta converted into 22 points and getting beat 32-26 in rebounds.
Chatman said slowing McCoughtry would be a matter of guarding her without fouling. Dream coach Michael Cooper said McCoughtry’s teammates follow her lead when she’s assertive.
“The success that we’ve had this year is really shown in the success she’s had this year,” Cooper said. “Angel really trusts her teammates and when she is being aggressive it makes our team better. If they’re not going to close the gap, then she’s getting into the paint and (will) be able to score like she did.”