Katie Douglas scored a total of 47 points during the three-point challenge Saturday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena
"I'm just going to try and hoist them up and see how they fall."
That was the game plan for the Indiana Fever's Katie Douglas heading into the three-point competition, and perhaps it was just about as simply put as can be. Shoot em up, see how they fall and just give it your best shot.
Oh and one more thing. "I'm going to see if I can win this thing and then maybe not have to do it again," she said with a laugh. "Win it and go out."
With a two round total of 47 points (out of a possible 60), it's safe to say that Douglas gave it more than just a shot. She gave it a performance that had fans in Mohegan Sun Arena clapping and cheering for the former member of the Connecticut Sun who spent five years playing in front of the event's hometown crowd.
"It's probably my fourth year in the contest and I think I got second my first year," said Douglas, looking back on her past performances. "That was my best finish. Every other year I kind of went downhill."
Douglas faced some fierce competition right out of the gate, going up against fellow WNBA hot shooters Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Monique Currie, Angel McCoughtry and Lindsay Whalen. By the end of the first round, Bird, Currie and McCoughtry were eliminated from the competition and things were looking pretty good for Douglas, whose 24 points came just one point shy of tying a WNBA three-point challenge record. The second round was a win-win for the crowd no matter how you looked at it, as Cash, Douglas and Whalen, each with ties to Connecticut, faced off for the three-point title.
In the second and final round, Cash dropped seven points to open things up. Whalen was next, recording 11 and eliminating Cash from the event. Then it was Douglas' turn. She needed only a total of 12 points to take the win, but instead nearly doubled it with a 23-point finale.
At center court, following her impressive shooting display, Douglas followed through on her intentions and announced her retirement from the three-point competition.
Something tells me she's going to have to fight the itch for a second one next season.