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Douglas leads Fever past Silver Stars, 79-57

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Katie Douglas scored 22 points to help the Indiana Fever beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 79-57 on Thursday night.

Douglas had been struggling with her shot, but the 2009 All-Star went 9 for 12 from the field. Tamika Catchings had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Fever, who have won 3 of 4 after losing back to back games to start the season.

Chamique Holdsclaw led San Antonio with 12 points and Sophia Young added 11. The Silver Stars were without All-Star guard Becky Hammon, who sat out with a strained right quad, and coach Sandy Brondello, who gave birth to her second child on Monday.

Indiana's Briann January sat out with a sprained medial collateral ligament in her right knee.

The Fever outrebounded the Silver Stars 38-27 and held them to 35 percent shooting. Indiana's reserves outscored their San Antonio counterparts 33-15.

It was San Antonio's third straight loss, and second straight blowout. The Silver Stars were coming off an 84-56 home loss to Seattle.

Indiana led 19-12 at the end of the first quarter, then opened the second on a 7-0 run with mostly reserves on the floor.

The Fever continued to roll and led 37-23 at halftime. Indiana ended the first half on a perfect long lead pass from Douglas to a streaking Jene Morris, who scored a layup with 1 second left.

Douglas found her stroke in the third quarter, scoring nine points on 4-for-4 shooting to spark a 29-point period. Indiana led 66-40 at the end of the third.