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By LAURA MEDINA, STATS Writer

It hasn't taken much time for newcomer Katie Douglas to make her way into the Indiana Fever's record books. One more high-scoring performance, though, will give the two-time All-Star outright possession of another impressive club mark.

On Saturday, Douglas will try to become the first player in franchise history with five straight 20-point games as the Fever host the Detroit Shock, who look to snap a six-game skid at Conseco Fieldhouse.

After spending her first seven seasons with Connecticut, Douglas was acquired by Indiana (3-1) in February and has quickly made an impact with her new team.

She had 25 points in an 82-78, double-overtime victory over Los Angeles on Thursday, joining Tamika Catchings as the only Indiana players ever to notch four consecutive games with at least 20 points.

"We always knew Katie was good because we had to defend her all those years in Connecticut," first-year Fever coach Lin Dunn said. "I couldn't sleep for three nights before we played them. Now that she's here, I realize even more how special she is."

Douglas, who's second in the league in scoring with 24.5 points per game, will try to lead Indiana to its third straight win.

The Fever, though, are still without Catchings, who continues to recover from a right Achilles' injury she suffered during last year's postseason. The five-time All-Star practiced Wednesday and is getting closer to a return.

Indiana went 5-8 without Catchings last season, but hasn't struggled much with Douglas in the lineup. Its only loss so far came against the Shock, who won 76-71 in Detroit on May 21.

That started the league-leading Shock's current three-game winning streak. On Sunday, they also stayed perfect in three home games with a 72-62 win over New York.

Reserve Plenette Pierson scored 25 points for Detroit (4-1). Pierson, last season's Sixth Woman of the Year, is averaging a team-leading 17.0 points and her emergence has been a big boost as stars Cheryl Ford (knee) and Deanna Nolan (ankle) continue to recover.

"Right now, everything hurts,"said Nolan, who scored 14 points despite a hyperextended elbow suffered in last Friday's 72-62 win over expansion Atlanta. "It's huge that we are 4-1 with everything going on."

The Shock haven't won in Indianapolis since June 9, 2004. In the matchup earlier this month, Kara Braxton had 22 points and Pierson had 20 for Detroit, while Douglas scored a season-high 26 for the Fever.

The season series concludes on Sept. 5 in Detroit.

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