#Fever15 Moments: Douglas Sets Scoring RecordTweet
The Date: July 28, 2009
July 28, 2009 is a day that Fever guard Katie Douglas will never forget.
On that day, Douglas exploded for a franchise-record 34 points in the Fever's 85-81 victory over the Washington Mystics at then-Conseco Fieldhouse.
The night started out innocently enough. Douglas, who had played in her third career All-Star Game just three days earlier, scored four points in the first quarter as the Fever fell into an early 10-point hole. Indiana started the second quarter on an 18-7 run to retake the lead, but Douglas didn't score a single point in that stretch. She did, however, score Indiana's next six points on a layup and a pair of jumpers, entering the half with 10 points as the Fever led by three.
In the second half, Douglas started to heat up. The former Purdue standout scored Indiana's first eight points of the second half, and 15 of the team's 19 points in the third quarter. She hit 8-of-8 free throws in the quarter, and sank her lone 3-pointer of the night in the third. But despite Douglas' outburst, the Fever entered the final period trailing 65-63.
After the Mystics pushed their lead to four, Douglas hit a jump shot and then grabbed a defensive rebound and went coast-to-coast for a layup to tie the game at 69. After Ebony Hoffman's three on the ensuing possession gave Indiana the lead, Douglas hit two free throws to extend the Fever's cushion.
With the Fever up five points with 26.4 seconds left, Douglas was fouled and it looked as though Indiana had sealed a victory. But Douglas hit just one of two free throws and Alana Beard hit a quick jumper on the other end. On the next possession, Douglas lost the ball and Beard hit a reverse layup and drew a foul on the other end to cut the lead to two with six seconds remaining.
But Douglas redeemed herself, grabbing the rebound when Beard missed the ensuing free throw and calmly knocking down two foul shots in the closing seconds to seal the win for the Fever.
Those final free throws gave Douglas a new franchise record with 34 points, surpassing the old mark of 32, set three times by Tamika Catchings. Douglas scored 15 points in the third quarter and 24 points in the second half and also grabbed nine rebounds.
The sharp-shooter from the southside of Indianapolis set the franchise mark despite having an off night from long range (she hit just 1-of-7 3-point attempts). But Douglas was hot from everywhere else, going 8-for-12 inside the arc and 15-for-16 from the free throw line. She narrowly missed setting a WNBA record for most free throws made without a miss, failing on just one attempt with less than a minute remaining in the game.
"Katie was attacking at will," Fever head coach Lin Dunn said after the game. "She played refusing to lose."
It was a night to remember for all of the Fever fans in attendance. And Douglas didn't lose her scoring touch overnight. Two days later, Douglas matched the old franchise record with 32 points in a 94-85 victory over Connecticut, becoming the only player in Fever history to score at least 30 points in consecutive games.
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