Katie Douglas has seen the best and worst of the Connecticut Sun during her two stints with the franchise, and in between the Indianapolis native experienced plenty of success with the Indiana Fever.
The veteran returns to Indiana for the first time as a visitor since signing with the rebuilding Sun during the offseason as both clubs seek a second straight win Thursday night.
The then-Orlando Miracle drafted Douglas with the 10th overall pick in 2001, and when the franchise moved to Connecticut two years later she helped lead the Sun to five straight playoff appearances and a pair of Eastern Conference championships.
Douglas was traded to Indiana in 2008 and won her only WNBA title with the Fever in 2012 before leaving for her second tour of duty with the Sun (1-3), who have a host of new faces after finishing a franchise-worst 10-24 last season.
Douglas finished with seven points and six rebounds Friday to help Connecticut beat Seattle 71-59.
''It's been coming,'' coach Anne Donovan said. ''And I can't say that there won't be ups and downs as we move forward. We're a young team, but that's the team that comes to practice every day, that supports each other, that gets into each other, that works their tails off every day. We are talented enough for good things to happen to us.''
No. 1 overall pick Chiney Ogwumike had 18 points and seven rebounds - right on her averages thus far.
''I think win No. 1 means a lot because we had so many people contribute," Ogwumike said. "It feels good. I was running off the court like, `Yes! Yes!' It feels so good.''
Douglas' former team felt similarly Sunday after it went on the road and beat Atlanta 82-77 in overtime. Erlana Larkins had 13 points and 22 rebounds for the Fever (1-3), who have been without star Tamika Catchings since the start of the season due to lower back soreness.
While Catchings remains day to day, Larkins has shined. Her rebound total Sunday was two short of Chamique Holdsclaw's record set in 2003, and her 13.8 rebounds per game lead the league.
Larkins also is tied with the Dream's Angel McCoughtry for the WNBA lead in steals per game at 3.0 after finishing with a season-high six Sunday.
''I was just determined to be a contributor, give it all I had, and not let another one slip through our fingers," Larkins said. "The mission was to come out, be effective, and hold on to a win.''
Indiana was off to its worst start since 2001 and still has plenty to improve upon despite earning its first win. The Fever were held to a franchise-low four points in the fourth quarter against the Dream before Larkins had five points and five rebounds in the extra session.
Connecticut and Indiana split four meetings last season. Catchings missed the final meeting due to a back injury.