UNCASVILLE, Conn., Oct. 8 (Ticker) -- Katie Douglas
Connecticut Sun took care of business at home to open the WNBA
Douglas overcame an early ankle injury to score 18 points as the
Sun held on for a 68-64 victory over the Seattle Storm, taking
a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three championship series.
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Katie Douglas and Co. took aim in Game 1 of WNBA Finals 2004.
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The win was Connecticut's fifth straight after opening the
postseason with a loss. The teams will head to Seattle for Game
Two on Sunday.
Douglas, who suffered a minor ankle sprain in the first half,
nailed three 3-pointers and hit a pair of free throws in the
closing seconds to finish the scoring.
"I just tried to put it in the back of my mind, because this is
such a huge game for our franchise and for our team," Douglas
said of the injury. "We're on a journey to do something special
and I want to contribute to that."
Wendy Palmer had 16 points and Lindsay Whalen chipped in 11 and
a franchise playoff-record nine assists for the Sun, who used a
14-7 run to close the first half to grab a 33-29 lead at
Connecticut built its edge to 63-47 on a bucket by Asjha Jones
with 7:20 remaining and survived a late 16-5 run by the Storm to
get a win in its WNBA Finals debut.
"We're definitely happy with the win, but we know we can play
better down the stretch," said Whalen, who turned the ball over
just two times.
Betty Lennox scored 17 points and Lauren Jackson had 16 for
Seattle. Lennox nailed a 3-pointer with 17 seconds remaining to
pull the Storm to within two points, but they failed to convert
their final three shots before the final buzzer.
"I'm disappointed with the way we played," Seattle guard Sue Bird said. "The one positive is we fought back."
Seattle outrebounded the Sun, 42-33, but made just 26-of-74
shots from the field. The 42 rebounds is a high for the Finals,
as is Connecticut's 15 steals.
"Their defense took us out of what we wanted to do," Storm coach
Anne Donovan said. "I thought they set the tone. We didn't
respond until very late in the game.
"It's got to be different in Game Two if we want to see Game