Angel flashes her gold medal in Louisville

Former University of Louisville women's basketball player Angel McCoughtry returned to town last weekend to visit. Cardinal Authority had a chance to catch up with the newly crowned U.S. gold medalist.

Angel McCoughtry left the University of Louisville as the greatest women's basketball player in the history of the school.

McCoughtry led the Cardinals to the NCAA title game, finished as the school's all-time leading scorer and was the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft.

The All-American created a lot of memories.

But last week, McCoughtry had another memorable moment in The Ville. She was introduced at the football game against North Carolina – wearing her USA jersey and gold medal – and received a rousing ovation from the 50,000-plus fans at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

"This is special," McCoughtry said. "I love this place. Louisville has been so good to me and helped me grow up and become a woman.

"The people are great and it's always fun to be here."

McCoughtry was in for the weekend and said she heard from a lot of fans, who were telling her good job on the U.S. Olympic team that won gold this summer.

She was letting folks touch the medal.

"It means a lot to have that gold-medal title," she said. "I've done a lot of things but to play for my country and to have this medal, it's special."

McCoughtry said she keeps up with all of the U of L programs and was "very proud" of what was going on around campus this year.

"We have the No. 1 men's basketball team in the country, our football team is ranked and our women's basketball team will be ranked high," she said. "Just to say I am a part of this is an honor for me."