Douglas Lifts Sun Past Fever

Connecticut 72, Indiana 67

UNCASVILLE, Conn., June 29 (AP) -- Katie Douglas scored 14 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter to help the Connecticut Sun come back from an early deficit to beat the Indiana Fever 72-67 Friday night.

Lindsay Whalen added 14 points and seven assists and Margo Dydek had eight points and 13 rebounds. Connecticut (6-10) snapped a three-game losing streak.

"Tonight was a gut check for this team, to see our character and to see how we could fight through adversity,'' Douglas said. "We kept our composure and found a way to win.''

Tamika Whitmore led Indiana (10-4) with 13 points and Tamika Catchings had eight points and 11 rebounds.

The teams traded leads in the fourth quarter until Douglas hit two free throws with 5.5 seconds remaining to put Connecticut up by five. The Sun made 14 of 16 free throws in the final period.

"We made too many turnovers and had to overcome a 23-11 deficit at the free throw line,'' Indiana coach Brian Winters said. "We had the opportunity to win and we got up early. I give credit to Connecticut. They hung in there and got rolling a little bit and came back.''

Connecticut missed its first 11 field goal attempts, allowing Indiana to jump out to a 17-2 lead. After finally making one nearly 7 minutes into the game, the Sun perked up and even put together a run of their own.

The Sun outscored Indiana 15-2 during one stretch in the second quarter and tied it at 27. In the third quarter, Connecticut led by eight at one point, but the Fever stayed close the rest of the way.

"We have already blown a 17-point lead (against New York on June 20) and we wanted to come back from being down 15 or 17,'' Connecticut coach Mike Thibault said. "We still have a lot of work to do, but we got back to the free throw line tonight, kept our turnovers down, forced someone else into turnovers and we shared the ball a little bit.''