|STAR OF THE GAME
Douglas set a new franchise record in points scored by a player making her Fever debut. She had 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Whittington played over 20 minutes in her WNBA debut and contributed six points, two rebounds, one steal and four blocked shots for the Fever.
On Katie Douglas:
ď[Katie] played a lot of minutes tonight. She knows how to score and will find a way to score. Now people should understand why we worked so hard to bring her here. Her defense caused some problems.Ē
On how it feels to be back in Indiana:
ďIt felt good. I have been a nervous wreck, a lot of anxiety. Iíve been waiting for this for a long time, although 48 hours is not a lot of time to practice with a new team. Plus Ebony (Hoffman) and Tammy (Sutton-Brown) just got in, so we havenít had much practice time together. It was a game of runs. We were able to maintain and we got the win. Itís something we will build on.Ē
Points in the paint:
Fever 28, Mystics 22
Fever 9, Mystics 5
Fever 14, Mystics 5
Points off turnovers:
Fever 17, Mystics 12
Fever 43, Mystics 40
Fever 21, Mystics 13
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Katie Douglas scored 24 points in her Indiana debut and the Fever held off the Washington Mystics for a 64-53 victory in their season opener on Saturday.
Douglas' point total set a new franchise record for a player making their debut with Indiana. Tamika Catchings scored 23 in her first game on June 1, 2002.
Tully Bevilaqua had eight points and Tan White added seven points and seven rebounds for the Fever, who won their first game under new coach Lin Dunn.
Nakia Sanford finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Monique Currie scored 10 for Washington.
The Mystics, who trailed by seven in the first half and never led, took their first lead at 44-43 following Krystal Vaughn's free throw to end the third quarter.
Indiana regained control with a 9-0 run to begin the fourth quarter. Allison Feaster's layup gave the Fever a 52-44 lead with 7:46 left.
Washington cut the deficit to five points, but Indiana opened a 62-53 lead on Bevilaqua's jumper with 2 minutes remaining.
Catchings missed the game and is still recovering from a torn left Achilles' heel, an injury she suffered in last year's Eastern Conference finals. No timetable has been set for her return.
The Conseco Fieldhouse crowd of 10,533 was the largest Fever home crowd since 10,542 attended Indiana's afternoon Kids Day game on July 18 vs. Chicago.
The Fever travels to Detroit next Wednesday, May 21, and to Connecticut on Tuesday, May 27. Indiana returns to Conseco Fieldhouse to host Lisa Leslie, Candace Parker and the Western Conference power Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday, May 29.