Douglas is Doubtful for the Playoffs

UNCASVILLE, CT. (August 21, 2006) – Connecticut Sun guard Katie Douglas is doubtful for the rest of the 2006 WNBA Playoffs after being diagnosed with a non-displaced hairline fracture in her right foot following a CT Scan and MRI on Monday at Backus Hospital in Norwich.

Her condition will monitored throughout playoffs.

Douglas suffered the injury during the final minute of Sunday’s victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 2 of the WNBA Eastern Conference Semifinals at Mohegan Sun Arena. She will not play Thursday in Detroit, where the Sun meet the Shock in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

“It’s obviously a big loss for our team,” coach Mike Thibault said Monday. “KT has been an integral part of our success. However, we have weathered prominent injuries before, and we intend to do so again.”

The injury occurred after Douglas stole the ball from Washington’s Alana Beard in the closing moments of a 68-65 win that clinched a 2-0 sweep of the Mystics. As Douglas was going in for the layup, Beard knocked the ball away and Douglas stepped awkwardly.

A regular-season MVP candidate who led the Sun in scoring this season with a franchise-record average of 16.4 points per game, Douglas averaged 16.5 points during the two games playoff games with Washington.