Katie Douglas established herself as an all-round threat in seven years with the Connecticut Sun franchise, but the All-Star forward is now trying to provide a similar presence for the Indiana Fever.
Douglas will oppose her former team for the first time on Tuesday when the visiting Fever look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season by spoiling the Sun's perfect start.
Indiana (1-1) acquired Douglas in an offseason trade that sent forward Tamika Whitmore, the 12th pick in the 2008 WNBA draft, and the rights to guard Jessica Foley to the Sun. The Indianapolis native was drafted 10th overall in 2001 by the Orlando Miracle, who relocated to Connecticut (3-0) prior to the 2003 season.
Last year, Douglas helped the Sun reach the playoffs for a fourth straight time before they were eliminated by the Fever in the first round.
She averaged 17.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 2007, and hasn't needed much time to adjust to her hometown club.
Douglas scored 24 points in a season-opening home victory over Washington on May 17, setting a franchise mark for a Fever debut. She followed that effort with 26 points in a 76-71 loss on Wednesday at Detroit.
Tan White had 17 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 12 on Wednesday, but Indiana was unable to overcome 27 turnovers - the third-highest total in team history.
"We had 19 turnovers in the first half, but then we settled down," first-year Fever coach Linn Dunn said. "It was unfortunate that we didn't get off to a better start, but I give our kids credit. We fought and we even got ahead."
Indiana aims to avoid its first 1-2 start since 2004, but will have to do it without forward Tamika Catchings, who is still out with an Achilles' injury she suffered in the postseason. There is no timetable for her return, but Douglas is trying to make up for her absence.
"I want to go out and be a leader for this team," said Douglas, a two-time WNBA All-Star and three-time all-defensive team selection. "We aren't at full force right now - everyone knows that - but we need to step up."
Douglas will try to help Indiana end its regular-season struggles against Connecticut.
In 2007, the Sun swept the four-game series, coming away with a 77-74 home win on Aug. 15 in the most recent meeting. The Fever, however, went on to win the first-round playoff set between the teams in three games before being ousted by Detroit in the Eastern Conference finals.
Connecticut has won five of its last seven matchups against Indiana at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The Sun opened their three-game homestand with an 87-64 home win over Sacramento on Saturday that sent them to a franchise-best 3-0 start.
Reserve Barbara Turner made five 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 17 points for Connecticut, which hit 10 of its season-best 14 3-pointers in the second half.
Lindsay Whalen had 21 points and rookie Amber Holt added 15 for the Sun.