Lithuania: Douglas Solid Since Return

21 November 2006
by Andrew Mullen, PA Sport

TEO Vilnius guard Katie Douglas is determined to help her side return to winning ways against USO Mondeville on Wednesday as the American looks to put her foot injury nightmare firmly in the past.

The 27-year-old suffered the injury in the WNBA play-offs while playing for the Connecticut Sun, forcing her to miss the opening EuroLeague game against Spartak Moscow Region after undergoing surgery.

Katie Douglas (Lietuvos Telekomas Vilnius)
Douglas scored 20 in her team's last game.
TEO fell to a 61-47 defeat in Vilnius, but with Douglas in their ranks responded to beat Famila Basket Schio 71-65.

Douglas poured in 11 points and contributed four assists in her season debut.

She bettered her point total in Vilnius' last game against MKB Euroleasing Sopron with 20, but her side lost 86-75.

Douglas, the 2006 WNBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, will try to lead her teammates to victory on Wednesday against USO.

"It was hard to get back as it was only my fifth week out of surgery, not having played for a very long time since breaking my foot and not having a lot of practice," Douglas told PA Sport.

"But I've been practising out here on a regular basis, trying to get back into more of a groove and more into the swing of things.

"It was nice to get a win (against Schio), but we probably didn't play as well as we should have, but it was definitely nice to get the first win of the season. 

"We had a setback last week, we couldn't make the bigplays when we needed to and we are hoping to rebound this week and get a win at home."

Douglas, who was also named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team following the 2005 campaign, admits her strong start to the season counts for nothing if TEO fail to add to their win column.

"I could score zero and if we win I would be happy," she added.

"I just want to put my team in a position to win. 

"Personally if I do well and we win that's great, but if I don't do well and we win, it's still great. I feel that the biggest part is for us to get wins and not losses. That's why I'm here, to put the team in that position."

Mondeville have recorded wins over Famila Basket (85-67) and Wisla Can-Pack (88-81), while also suffering a 69-56 defeat by unbeaten MKB Euroleasing, and Douglas is well aware of the task facing Algirdas Paulauskas' side.

"We expect a very difficult game, they have proven not only in the EuroLeague this year but in their French league that they are a tough opponent," she said.

"We know we have to prepare ourselves like any other game and not expect because we are at home that it is going to be an easy game.

"I think they are going to come out and give us their best effort. It's going to be a very difficult game and we have to put last week behind us, hopefully clear up our mistakes and get the win."

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