The Fever will try to move ahead of the Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut Sun on Saturday night when these clubs open their season series at Conseco Fieldhouse.
After Indiana's bench scored a franchise-record 52 points in Sunday's 93-89 overtime loss at Phoenix, the backups matched that effort Tuesday in an 89-80 victory over Washington as the Fever salvaged the finale of a three-game trip.
With Douglas sidelined after suffering a lower back contusion Sunday, backup guard Shavonte Zellous scored a season-high 21 in 32 minutes.
"Coach always says you never know when your opportunity is going to present itself and tonight was my opportunity," said Zellous, who had seven points in the first six games.
Eight different Fever players have reached double-figure scoring this season.
"Our bench was amazing tonight with Katie not playing," said forward Tamika Catchings, who averaged 19.5 points and 9.3 boards in four games against Connecticut last season. "We had people that stepped up and they needed to step up."
If Douglas (16.5 points per game) sits out Saturday, Indiana may need another big game from Zellous and fellow reserve Jeanette Pohlen, a rookie averaging 12.5 points in the last two games while going 7 of 8 from 3-point range.
Bench scoring might have to help the Fever offset emerging Sun stars Renee Montgomery and Tina Charles if Indiana (4-2) wants to move ahead of Connecticut (4-2) in the East.
Montgomery matched a career high with 33 points and Charles added 22 with 13 rebounds Thursday in a 107-101 double-overtime loss at Chicago that snapped the Sun's three-game winning streak.
Montgomery, scoring a career-best 19.2 points per game in her third season, averaged 15.0 points as the Sun and Fever split their matchups in 2010.
Charles, the reigning rookie of the year, is averaging 26.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in the last three games.
With Charles playing at such a high level, the Fever starting frontcourt of Catchings, Tangela Smith and Tammy Sutton-Brown could benefit from another solid performance from backup center Jessica Davenport, who has 38 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks in the last two games.
These clubs meet five times this season, with the first four matchups occurring over the next 34 days.