INDIANAPOLIS – Katie Douglas scored a season-high 29 points to lead the Indiana Fever to an 86-72 victory over the Atlanta Dream on August 18.
Tamika Catchings had 17 points and nine rebounds to help the Fever (12-7) win for the second time in three days since the WNBA resumed play following the month-long Olympic break. Briann January added 13 points and Shavonte Zellous 11.
A day earlier, Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry, after returning herself from the London games, scored 25 points to lead the Dream to an 86-76 win over the Chicago Sky.
Against the Dream, Douglas shot 11-for-17 from the field, including 7-for-9 from beyond the arc – tying her career high and the franchise record for 3-pointers made.
“It’s about time,” Douglas said. “It’s a good feeling.”
Douglas, who had the previous team record of six 3s, scored 15 points in the first half to help the Fever take a 46-33 lead at halftime.
McCoughtry scored 22 points on 8-for-19 shooting to lead the Dream (10-11). Rookie guard Tiffany Hayes had 13 points and Lindsey Harding added 12.
“The Fever have a tough offense and (Douglas) shot really well against us,” Dream coach Marynell Meadors said. “We just weren’t very strong mentally tonight.”
The Fever jumped out to a 20-7 lead with a 13-3 run in the first quarter. Douglas made three jumpers to put the Dream in a hole that it never recovered from. The Dream shot 22.2 percent from the field in the opening 10 minutes and the Fever never trailed.
The Fever made 12 or more 3s for the fifth time this season after accomplishing the feat just three times in the franchise’s previous 12 years.
Catchings’ five assists moved her to eighth on the WNBA’s all-time list with 1,207.