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|Seimone Augustus (right) "has all the right tools to be a great player in this league," says the Sun's Katie Douglas (left), who held the Lynx rookie to 15 points last week.|
|MAHONEY THE NEXT DOUGLAS?|
Katie Douglas led Purdue to a national championship game not by shutting down the opposing team's best player, but by being the best offensive player on the court.
"Like most players in this league, she came in with an identity as an offensive player," Sun assistant coach Scott Hawk said. "That's how they get here, that's reality."
But during her six years in the WNBA, and playing professionally in Europe during the winter, Douglas has become such a defensive presence that her offense (16.4 points per game through 13 games) is almost overlooked as she builds a case for MVP consideration.
Now rookie teammate Megan Mahoney (above, right) might be on the verge of following the same career path. Drafted in 2005 but forced to sit out that season after an injury sustained late in her standout career at Kansas State, Mahoney is a key contributor off the bench for the Sun, averaging 10.9 minutes per game. Like Douglas, she can play a variety of positions and has good touch from outside the arc.
And as she proved in giving Douglas some minutes of rest against Augustus and Minnesota, she's no slouch on defense.
"Her effort has always been there and her willingness to be a good defensive player has been there," Hawk said. "It's kind of the nuances and the finer points of not getting beat, getting over screens and seeing the play develop. In college, a lot of nights you might just be better than the people you're playing against and you can make a lot of plays. Here it's not so easy, definitely not against Seimone Augustus."