UNCASVILLE, Conn. (August 13, 2015) – The Connecticut Sun will recognize the accomplishments of recently-retired All Star Katie Douglas during a banner-unveiling ceremony prior to Friday night’s game against the New York Liberty at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Douglas will be on hand to see her uniform No. 23 placed alongside the numbers of Nykesha Sales and Margo Dydek.
One of the greatest three-point shooters in WNBA history, Douglas announced her retirement after 14 seasons on May 1st. In her final season, she was selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the fifth time in her career. During a remarkable comeback year, she led the Sun with 64 made threes and played a team-high 1,040 minutes, averaging 13.2 points with 69 assists and 106 rebounds in 32 games. She became the all-time franchise leader in made threes at Tulsa last July 5th, and finished her career with 383 in a Sun uniform.
A two-time All American at Purdue, where she led the Boilermakers to the first NCAA women’s basketball championship in program history, Douglas was selected with the10th overall pick in the first round of the 2001 WNBA Draft by the Orlando Miracle. Mohegan Sun purchased Orlando, relocating it to Connecticut in 2003.
During five seasons in Connecticut from 2003-07 Douglas averaged 13.4 points while collecting 444 assists, 256 steals and 272 made three-pointers. In that span, the Sun qualified for the playoffs each year, advancing to the WNBA Finals twice and the Eastern Conference Finals four times while compiling a regular-season record of 104-64 (.615). In 2007, Douglas set single-season career highs with 577 points, 207 made field goals, 158 rebounds, 125 assists and 65 steals. Douglas also earned her first two Eastern Conference All-Star selections in 2006 and 2007. She was the MVP of the 2006 All-Star Game.
Douglas joined the Indiana Fever in 2008, averaging 15.4 points per game during six seasons while starting all 166 games and helping her team reach two WNBA Finals. She had a career-high 80 made three-pointers in 2012, the year the Fever won their first championship. She made a career-best 119 free throws during the 2008 season.
Limited to just four games with the Indiana Fever in 2013 because of a severe back injury that required offseason surgery, Douglas revived her career with the franchise that originally drafted her, signing a free agent contract with the Connecticut Sun on March 24, 2014. Douglas made an immediate impact, scoring in double-figures 24 times with 19 multiple three-point games.
Friday night’s game starts at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.connecticutsun.com.