|WNBA's Connecticut Sun – No. 23|
|Guard / Forward|
May 7, 1979 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|Draft||10th overall, 2001
|Orlando Miracle (2001–2002)
Connecticut Sun (2003–2007)
Indiana Fever (2008–2014)
Connecticut Sun (2014–present)
Ano Liosia Basketball (2002-2003)
|Awards and honors|
|4x All-WNBA Team (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010)
5× WNBA All-Star (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014)
WNBA All-Star MVP (2006)
5× WNBA All-Defensive Team (2005-2007, 2010, 2011)
1× WNBA Champion (2012)
Kathryn Elizabeth "Katie" Douglas (born May 7, 1979 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American professional basketball player for the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA. Her primary position is shooting guard, her secondary is small forward. She is known league-wide for her long-range shooting ability. Douglas is left-handed.
After attending Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis, Douglas attended Purdue University and graduated in 2001 as a communications major. She helped lead Purdue to a NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship in 1999 and was a two-time Kodak All-America in 2000 and 2001, as well as being named to the 1999 and 2001 NCAA Women's Final Four All-Tournament Team. In 2001, she received a number of awards including the Big Ten Conference "Player of the Year" and the Silver Basketball from the Chicago Tribune. Douglas also received the 2001 Big Ten Conference Suzy Favor Award, which is given to the conference's female athlete of the year across all sports. Douglas played at Purdue for head coach Carolyn Peck.
Douglas played on the team presenting the USA at the 1999 World University Games held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The team had a 4–2 record and earned the silver medal. Douglas was the leading scorer on the USA team with 17.6 points per game.
Douglas was selected the 10th overall pick by the Orlando Miracle in the 2001 WNBA Draft. She remained with the franchise even when the Miracle relocated to Uncasville, Connecticut, and was renamed the Connecticut Sun prior to the 2003 season. Following the 2005 WNBA season, Douglas was named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team. In 2006, she was named Most Valuable Player of the 2006 WNBA All-Star Game.
In 2007 Douglas ranked 5th in the league in steals (65), 7th in scoring (577), and 12th in assists (125). Douglas was again selected for the WNBA All-Defensive First Team.
On February 19, 2008, the Connecticut Sun traded Douglas to the Indiana Fever for Tamika Whitmore and the Fever's first round pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft. She won her first WNBA Championship with the team in 2012. It was her fourth career WNBA Finals appearance, although she was sidelined for the series after sustaining an ankle injury during the Eastern Conference Finals.
WNBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game||RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game||BPG||Blocks per game|
|PPG||Points per game||TO||Turnovers per game||FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage||Bold||Career high||League leader|
|Career||12 years, 3 teams||376||351||30.4||.420||.370||.799||3.9||2.7||1.6||0.3||1.99||13.5|
|Career||10 years, 2 teams||56||55||32.7||.395||.331||.803||3.7||2.8||1.3||0.2||1.91||13.0|
Douglas lost both her parents to cancer – father in 1997 and her mother less than three years later in 2000. She was awarded the first-ever Jim V Foundation Comeback of the Year Award in 2001 for her perseverance after a string of tragic, personal losses.
One week after the 2005 WNBA Finals loss to the Sacramento Monarchs, Douglas married Vasilis Giapalakis in Athens, Greece. Giapalakis is a sports agent who represents male and female basketball players. Douglas, who played for a Lithuanian basketball team in the WNBA offseason, met Giapalakis when she was playing for a Greek club.
Katie Douglas' agent Jim Tanner of Tandem Sports and Entertainment told Indianapolis Star that The Sun guaranteed the free agent a maximum contract — $107,500 for the first year and $109,500 for the second and Fever declined to do so.
Awards and achievements
- 2005 WNBA All-Defensive First Team
- 2006 All-WNBA First Team, WNBA All-Defensive First Team, WNBA All-Star Selection (MVP)
- 2007 All-WNBA Second Team, WNBA All-Defensive First Team, WNBA All-Star Selection
- 2009 All-WNBA Second Team, WNBA All-Star Selection
- 2010 All-WNBA Second Team, WNBA All-Defensive Second Team
- 2011 WNBA All-Defensive Second Team, WNBA All-Star Selection
- "TINA CHARLES joins Wisła Can-Pack!". Wisła Can-Pack. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
- "NINETEENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1999". USA Basketball. Retrieved 22 Oct 2013.
- Woods, David (2008-02-18). "Fever to acquire Indy native Douglas | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star". IndyStar.com. Retrieved 2011-12-22.
- Voepel, Mechelle (October 21, 2012). "Turning disappointment into a title". ESPN. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
- "2010 V Foundation Comeback Award Finalists Announced". The V Foundation,. August 11, 2011. Retrieved 25 Oct 2013.
- "Offseason 2007–08: Overseas Roster". Wnba.com. 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2011-12-22.
- "Offseason 2008–09: Overseas Roster". Wnba.com. 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2011-12-22.
- "Katie Douglas Galatasaray'da". Galatasaray.org. Retrieved 2011-12-22.
- Katie Douglas at WNBA.com
- Katie Douglas at Basketball-Reference.com
- Purdue Senior Honored at ESPN The Magazine’s College Basketball Awards
- WNBA chat transcript
- Katie Douglas All-Star MVP interviews on YouTube
- Fever Acquires Douglas for Whitmore