Katie Douglas

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Katie Douglas
Katie Douglas 54.jpg
Douglas in 2012
Personal information
Born (1979-05-07) May 7, 1979 (age 37)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school Perry Meridian (Indianapolis, Indiana)
College Purdue (1997–2001)
WNBA draft 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Orlando Miracle
Playing career 2001–2014
Position Guard / Forward
Career history
20012002 Orlando Miracle
2002–2003 Ano Liosia Basketball
2003–2004 S.U. Glyfada Esperides Kyklos
20032007 Connecticut Sun
2004–2007 Vilnius
2007–2008 Ros Casares Valencia
2008–2009 CSKA Moscow
20082013 Indiana Fever
2009–2010 Galatasaray
2010–2011 Ros Casares Valencia
2011–2012 Nadezhda Orenburg
2012–2013[1] Wisła Can-Pack Kraków
2014 Connecticut Sun
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com

Kathryn Elizabeth "Katie" Douglas (born May 7, 1979) is a retired American professional basketball player. Her primary position is shooting guard, her secondary is small forward. She is known league-wide for her long-range shooting ability. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Douglas is left-handed.

In the WNBA, she has been a multiple time WNBA All-Star and has been a selection to both the All-WNBA Team and WNBA All-Defensive First Team. She won WNBA Championship with the Indiana Fever in 2012.

College years[edit]

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. She shared Big Ten Conference Player of the Year honors in 2000 with Helen Darling, and in 2001 was the unanimous Big Ten Player of the Year and winner of 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.

USA Basketball[edit]

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.[2]

WNBA career[edit]

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. Before becoming an all-star in the league, Douglas earned some WNBA Finals experience early in her career while the Connecticut Sun were championship contenders in both the 2004 and 2005 seasons. The Sun made it to the finals in both seasons but would lose both times to the Seattle Storm and Sacramento Monarchs respectively. Following the 2005 WNBA season, Douglas had a breakout year in 2006, averaging 16.4 ppg and being voted as a WNBA all-star for the first time. Douglas was named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team and received the Most Valuable Player award in 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 her hometown team, the Indiana Fever for Tamika Whitmore and the Fever's first round pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, she would play along side superstar forward Tamika Catchings.[3] She would have a solid season in her first year with the team by averaging 15.6 ppg, but unexpectedly struggled in the playoffs, averaging only 7.3 ppg. The Fever had gotten eliminated in the first round 2-1 by the Detroit Shock. In the 2009 season, Douglas would have the best season of her career, she had back-to-back 30+ point games, becoming the first player in franchise history to do so.[4] She also scored a career high and franchise record, 34 points in a regular season game win against the Washington Mystics and averaged a career-high 17.6 ppg. Douglas would be voted into the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game. The Fever would make it to the finals that year, but lost 3-2 to the Phoenix Mercury. A few seasons later, Douglas would win her first WNBA Championship with the Indiana Fever in 2012 as they had beat the Minnesota Lynx 3-1. 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.[5] With a few seconds left in the final game of the series at home and the Fever with a comfortable lead, Douglas was subbed in while the crowd was giving a standing ovation.[6] En route to her first championship, Douglas had another great year during the 2012 season, averaging 16.5 ppg. In a regular season game win against the Atlanta Dream, Douglas scored 29 points along with a franchise-record 7 three-pointers (one three-pointer shy of tying the WNBA record).[7]

Douglas wouldn't see much playing time in the 2013 season, missing a huge bulk of the season due to a lower back injury and playing a total of only 4 games. The injury would also cause her to miss the playoffs.[8][9] This season would be Douglas's last season with the Fever as she became an unrestricted free agent.

On March 24, 2014, Douglas returned to the Connecticut Sun in free agency, the team which she previously played with from 2003–2007.[10] She had another productive season averaging 13.1 ppg and was voted into the WNBA all-star game for the fifth time in her career. Despite her stats, the Sun finished last place in the Eastern Conference.

On May 1, 2015, Douglas announced her retirement after 14 seasons in the WNBA.[11]

Among the WNBA all-time leaders, Douglas ranks 10th in scoring, 6th in 3-pointers made and 4th in steals.[12][13][14]

WNBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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

Regular season[edit]

Postseason[edit]

Personal information[edit]

Douglas lost both her parents to cancer; her 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.[15]

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. The couple divorced and remarried two months after Douglas's retirement from the WNBA.[16] She now has two step children and five step grandchildren.

Douglas played for Ros Casares Valencia in Spain during the 2007–08 WNBA off-season.[17] She played for CSKA in Russia during the 2008–09 WNBA off-season.[18]

During the 2009–10 WNBA offseason, Douglas played in the EuroLeague for Galatasaray, a club based in Turkey.[19]

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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TINA CHARLES joins Wisła Can-Pack!". Wisła Can-Pack. May 5, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Nineteenth World University Games – 1999". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ Woods, David (February 18, 2008). "Fever to acquire Indy native Douglas | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star". IndyStar.com. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.thewesternstar.com/Sports/Baseball/2009-07-31/article-1474322/Fevers-Katie-Douglas-tops-30-points-again-in-victory-over-Sun/1
  5. ^ Voepel, Mechelle (October 21, 2012). "Turning disappointment into a title". ESPN. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.thosesportsguys.com/the-report/the-final-piecewnba-champions
  7. ^ http://www.fullcourt.com/wnba/21721/douglas-knocks-down-seven-threes-indiana-knocks-atlanta
  8. ^ http://www.wnba.com/archive/wnba/fever/news/player_review_2013_katie_douglas.html
  9. ^ http://www.wnba.com/archive/wnba/fever/news/katie_douglas_miss_remainde_2013_09_21.html
  10. ^ Sun Sign Katie Douglas To Free Agent Contract. wnba.com (March 24, 2014)
  11. ^ Katie Douglas Announces Retirement. wnba.com (May 1, 2015)
  12. ^ http://www.wnba.com/stats/alltime-leaders/#?stattype=steals&stype=02&sort=stl&permode=tot&dir=1
  13. ^ http://www.wnba.com/stats/alltime-leaders/#?stattype=threepointers&stype=02&sort=tpp&permode=tot&dir=1
  14. ^ http://www.wnba.com/stats/alltime-leaders/#?stattype=points&stype=02&sort=pts&permode=tot&dir=1
  15. ^ "2010 V Foundation Comeback Award Finalists Announced". The V Foundation,. August 11, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ http://www.courant.com/sports/basketball/connecticut-sun/hc-katie-douglas-feature-0817-20150816-story.html
  17. ^ "Offseason 2007–08: Overseas Roster". Wnba.com. February 12, 2008. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Offseason 2008–09: Overseas Roster". Wnba.com. January 8, 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Katie Douglas Galatasaray'da". Galatasaray.org. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 

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