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By MATT BECKER, STATS Writer

Katie Douglas' debut with the Indiana Fever was the best by any player in the franchise's history.

Building off that performance won't be easy, though, as she now faces a Detroit Shock team that has frustrated her lately - and knocked her current club out of the playoffs last season.

Douglas looks to avoid losing her 10th straight game to the Shock when Indiana visits Detroit on Wednesday.

Douglas, who attended Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis and played college basketball at nearby Purdue, was acquired by Indiana (1-0) from Connecticut in February.

Douglas, a two-time All-Star and three-time all-defensive first-team selection, made an immediate impact with her new club, scoring 24 points in the Fever's season-opening 64-53 victory over Washington on Saturday.

Her point total set a franchise record for a player making their debut with Indiana, breaking Tamika Catchings' mark of 23 on June 1, 2002.

"The only record I'm going for is how many championship rings we can win here," said Douglas, who also grabbed seven rebounds. "The individual accomplishments are nice and all, but I'm here to be a veteran, to be a leader of this team."

The Fever are still seeking their first championship and Douglas will need to help carry the offense with Catchings still recovering from a torn left Achilles' - an injury she suffered in last year's Eastern Conference finals against Detroit. No timetable has been set for her return.

The Shock (1-1) won that series in three games before losing to Phoenix in five games in the finals.

Detroit boasted one of the best defenses in the league last season and has done a good job of shutting down Douglas.

She has lost nine straight regular-season games to the Shock since June 18, 2005, and averaged just 12.0 points on 30.4 percent shooting (7-of-23) in two games at Detroit last season.

The Shock are coming off a sloppy 84-70 loss to Minnesota on Sunday after defeating Houston 85-66 in Saturday's season opener.

Detroit had 23 turnovers and scored just 10 fourth-quarter points against the Lynx.

"We didn't play smart and that bothers me," Shock coach Bill Laimbeer said.

Katie Smith led Detroit with 17 points on Sunday after scoring 21 in the season opener.

Deanna Nolan has gotten off to a slow start to the season, scoring 11 points on 5-of-16 shooting in the two games. In 2007, she averaged 22.3 points against the Fever in the playoffs.

The Shock and Fever split their four regular-season games last season with each team winning once on the road.

Detroit, which went a conference-best 24-10 last season, has not opened a season with two losses in its first three games since starting 1-3 in 2004.

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