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Katie's back in town!

One of the most popular players in the 12-year history of the Connecticut Sun will be back for the 2014 season as the Sun today announced the signing of free agent forward Katie Douglas.

Katie Douglas (No. 23) of the Indiana Fever takes it to UConn legend Diana Taurasi (No. 3) of the Phoenix Mercury in Game 5 of the 2009 WNBA Finals at US Airways Center in Phoenix.
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Katie Douglas (No. 23) of the Indiana Fever drives the lane against UConn legend Diana Taurasi during the 2009 WNBA Finals. Phoenix won three games to two and Taurasi was named MVP.
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An original member of the Sun, Douglas was drafted by the Orlando Miracle in 2001 and came to the Nutmeg State when the Miracle moved to Connecticut in 2003. She played five seasons with in Connecticut, during which time the Sun compiled a 104-64 record (.615).

Before the 2008 season, Douglas, an Indianapolis native, was traded to her hometown team, the Indiana Fever, for Tamika Whitmore, a 2006 All-Star, and a first-round draft choice, which the Sun used to draft guard Ketia Swanier out of UConn. The deal paid off soon thereafter for Indiana: Douglas led the Fever into the 2011 WNBA Finals where they were defeated three games to two by Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury.

The 6-foot guard/forward was a key member of the 2012 NBA Champion Fever. That year she injured her ankle in the first round of the playoffs (ironically vs. the Sun) and was unable to play in the finals. She also needed to forgo playing in Poland during the winter to focus on rehabbing. She has since made a full recovery.

“I can say in hindsight, that, when I saw how much swelling and bruising there was, I knew I'd never experienced anything like that in my career,” Douglas told ESPNW, the all-sports network's execution devoted exclusively to women. “I knew I'd done something significant and it would be totally different, recovery-wise, than I'd ever been through.”

This past season, Douglas started in 32 games, missing the last two games of the season due to an illness, which snapped a two-year streak of 53 consecutive regular-season games played. Her 16.5 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per contest, 2.2 assists and 1.5 seals ranked her second or third in each category on the Fever. She also became the 15th player in WNBA history to register 1,000 career assists, and the 10th player to reach the 5,000-point milestone.

“I am definitely excited to be rejoining the Sun,” said the 6-0 guard who led Connecticut to four WNBA Eastern Conference Finals and two appearances in the WNBA Finals. “I had a great five years there playing in front of some of the best fans in the WNBA. I look forward to reconnecting with the community and to helping Connecticut become a championship contender.”

Douglas' portfolio is already Hall-of-Fame worthy. She ranks fifth all-time in WNBA history with 663 three-point field goals, ninth in scoring with 5,142 points, and 17th in assists with 1,006. She has appeared in 56 games throughout her 13-year career, with a 13.0 postseason scoring average.

Douglas, who played college ball at Purdue, has appeared in 56 playoff games with Connecticut and the Fever, averaging 13 points per game in the postseason. In 2006, Douglas was named the Most Valuable Player of the WNBA All-Star Game played at Madison Square Garden.

“Katie's championship experience, her extreme competitiveness and her superior skill set will be a tremendous boost to our team,” said Sun coach Anne Donovan. “We are all really excited to welcome her back to Connecticut.”

The Sun begin their 12th season in Connecticut when they open the 2014 season on May 16 when they take on the New York Liberty at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Tip-off is at 7 p.m., and season tickets and “Big Game” mini-plans are available by calling 1.877.SUN.TIXX (786-8499), via email at tickets@connecticutsun.com.