Douglas Powers Sun Past Fever

Connecticut 78, Indiana 74

INDIANAPOLIS, June 22 (AP) -- Katie Douglas and the Connecticut Sun didn't let a slow start discourage them.

After shooting 1-for-6 from the field in the first quarter, Douglas made nine of her final 12 shots and finished with a career-high 30 points in the Sun's 78-74 victory over the Indiana Fever on Friday night.

"It wasn't looking good for me, but I didn't get rattled,'' Douglas said. "I'm going to keep attacking even though the first couple shots didn't go down.''

Asjha Jones had 16 points, including a three-point play to give Connecticut a 76-74 lead with 27 seconds left, and Margo Dydek added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Sun (5-7), who snapped a five-game losing streak.

"It's uncharacteristic of this franchise to get such an unfortunate streak, but to come into Indiana's house and get a win is really huge for us,'' Douglas said. "Tonight, we looked like the old Connecticut Sun of the past four years.''

Tamika Whitmore and Tan White each had 15 points. Tamika Catchings added nine points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Fever (9-3), who lost their second straight home game.

"We need to come with the mentality that nobody can beat us,'' Indiana coach Brian Winters said. "We were too nonchalant in our play.''

Trailing by three points late in the fourth quarter, Indiana tied the score at 71 on Catchings' 3-pointer with 1:44 left, but Lindsay Whalen's basket put Connecticut back in front by two. White responded with her third 3-pointer of the game to give the Fever a 74-73 lead, but Jones' three-point play and Douglas' two free throws iced the victory.

"We kept our composure and made big plays when we needed to,'' Douglas said. "The past five games, we haven't been able to finish at the end.''

On Friday, it was Indiana that couldn't finish.

"We beat ourselves,'' Whitmore said. "With such a short season, you correct the mistakes and move on. There is no time to dwell on it.''

Connecticut began the second half with two straight baskets to take a 32-29 lead, but Indiana went on an 8-0 run to open a 37-32 advantage. The Sun answered by scoring the next six points.

Later in the third quarter, the Fever used a 9-0 run to build a 48-40 lead.

"With this win, the team gained a lot of confidence,'' Sun coach Mike Thibault said.

Sun 78, Fever 74
Katie Douglas scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 78-74 victory over the Indiana Fever on Friday night.