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McCoughtry Seeking Elusive First WNBA Championship

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It's been nearly five years since Angel McCoughtry left Louisville, and since then she's accomplished just about every professional goal imaginable. Except one.

McCoughtry will go for her first WNBA title when the Atlanta Dream begin play in the WNBA Finals on Sunday at Minnesota. The Dream have played in the finals in three of the last four years, but were swept in both of their previous appearances, including in 2011 against Minnesota.

The Dream polished off a sweep of the Indiana Fever on Sunday thanks in large part to McCoughtry's game-high 27 points. She scored 11 points in the third quarter to help her team break open a game they led by just one at the break.

"I've been through so much," McCoughtry said after the game. "It means so much more when you can get to this point after what you went through."

Drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, McCoughtry has won back-to-back scoring titles, started two All-Star games, won an Olympic gold medeal with Team USA and made the WNBA's all-defensive team. She has led the Dream to the playoffs in every season, but will be shooting for both her and the franchise's first championship next week.