By Andrew Medeiros

May 27, 2008: Scoreboard | Video Play of the Day | Today in the WNBA Archive

The Houston Comets opened the new season with a new home. Fans filled Reliant Arena on Tuesday, but the Comets came up short in overtime, 98-92.
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Douglas Returns to Connecticut to Rout Sun

Welcome Home: Katie Douglas was happy to star for the Sun during her five years in Connecticut, but she also wanted to return home. Douglas, who grew up in Indianapolis and played her college ball at Purdue, got her wish in the offseason when the Sun traded her to the Indiana Fever for Tamika Whitmore. In her first trip back to Connecticut she didn’t waste a minute showing off what her former teammates were missing. Douglas scored 10 of her game-high 23 points in the first quarter as the Fever jumped out to a 17-point first-quarter lead. The rout was on for the rest of the way as Indiana opened the second period on an 8-0 run and never looked back on the way to a 75-46 road win over the previously-unbeaten Sun. With fellow Indiana star Tamika Catchings still sidelined with injuries from last year, the Fever have been forced to lean on Douglas, who also added five assists and four rebounds. Tan White was the only other Indiana player in double digits with 15, while Ebony Hoffman also contributed eight points and 13 rebounds.

Overtime Thriller in Houston: The Houston Comets were all set to open up their new home in the Reliant Arena with a sellout crowd and a thrilling victory, but the Minnesota Lynx refused to play along. The Comets jumped out to a 14-point second-quarter lead before the Lynx began chipping away at the lead with an 8-0 run to close the first half trailing by eight. The Lynx forced overtime with another run in the fourth quarter that was spear-headed by rookies Nicky Anosike and Candice Wiggins, who combined for 11 points in the final quarter. Minnesota jumped ahead early in overtime and held on for a 98-92 road win. Seimone Augustus led the Lynx with 25 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while Anosike added 20 points, seven boards and four blocks. The Comets were led by Tina Thompson with 20 points and nine rebounds.
"Honestly, it's been so hectic just getting acclimated to my new team and new place since I got here from Spain, this game really just came up fast and I didn't have much time to think much about it until I got here."

-- Fever forward Katie Douglas, on Tuesday's anticipated return to face the Connecticut Sun.

Betty Lennox, Dream
29 pts, 10-17 FG, 6-7 3-pt FG, 3-4 FT
80-74 loss at Mystics

Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Mystics
19 pts, 7-12 FG, 5-6 FT
80-74 win vs. Dream

Katie Douglas, Fever
23 pts, 9-17 FG, 2-3 FT
75-46 win at Sun

Nicole Ohlde, Lynx
1-7 FG, 5 pts
98-92 win at Comets

Tamecka Dixon, Comets
4-13 FG, 0-1 3-pt FG, 12 pts
98-92 loss vs Lynx

Tamika Whitmore, Sun
2-9 FG, 0-3 3-pt FG, 4 pts
73-46 loss vs Fever

Thursday's Games ...

  • Sparks at Fever, 7 p.m. ET
  • Lynx at Sky, 8 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
  • Fowles

    Candace Parker may get all the press, but she isn’t the only back-to-back NCAA champion Tennessee Volunteer now making noise in the WNBA. Nicky Anosike helped the Minnesota Lynx move to 2-0 on the young season with a 98-92 win in Houston, joining Parker’s Sparks as the only two remaining unbeaten teams. Anosike, who tallied 11 points and four rebounds in Minnesota’s first win, racked up 20 points, seven rebounds and four blocks on Tuesday.
    The Houston Comets suffered their third loss of the season on Tuesday, but there was at least some good news. After totaling just six points combined in Houston’s first two games, the Sancho Lyttle broke out for 14 points, 10 in the second half, in 24 minutes of play off the bench during the Comets’ 98-92 overtime loss at home to the Lynx. In addition to the 14 points, which were one shy of her career high coming into the season, Lyttle tallied eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
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