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Connecticut Sun defeats Indiana Fever in Caitlin Clark’s first WNBA game

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Connecticut Sun defeats Indiana Fever in Caitlin Clark’s first WNBA game.

The all-time NCAA Division I leader scored 20 points, tying Connecticut’s DeWanna Bonner for the most in the game. Clark had some ups and downs and committed 10 turnovers.

The WNBA stated, “Tonight, the rookie joins Maya Moore and Edna Campbell as the only players in WNBA history to record 20+ points and 16+ 3:00 in their debut,” in a post on their platform.

Clark was up against Alyssa Thomas, the 2023 league MVP runner-up and four-time All-Star forward for the Connecticut Sun. Thomas scored a triple-double that day with 13 points, 13 assists and ten rebounds. The Sun had five players in double figures and Bonner was their top scorer.

Clark faced major issues early on, forcing her to spend most of the first quarter on the bench. Midway through the second quarter, she stole the ball and took it down the court for a layup, giving her the first points of her WNBA career. In the final minutes before halftime she made her first three-pointer.

She stepped up her play in the second half, but the Fever were overwhelmed by the Sun, a semifinalist in the 2022 WNBA playoffs.

Clark had major problems retaining the ball against the Sun’s intense defense as she committed 10 turnovers in the game. She also threw in three assists and two steals.

The first game of the WNBA season saw its newest shining star in the spotlight. In a season prediction exercise conducted by WNBA general managers, Clark was voted the most likely candidate to win the Rookie of the Year award.

The sensational rookie who is coming off a historic NCAA season with the Iowa Hawkeyes is a driving force behind the growing popularity of women’s basketball. The WNBA has been eagerly awaiting her arrival for some time now.

About 13,000 spectators were in attendance when Clark made her preseason home debut last week, resulting in an 83-80 victory for the Indiana Fever over the Atlanta Dream.

The excitement for Clark’s debut season is palpable. Tickets for the Sun’s opener against the Fever sold out, with 8,910 tickets purchased at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Sun’s last houseful at Mohegan Sun Arena was in 2003, more than two decades ago.

At Mohegan Sun Arena, Clark’s fans didn’t stay quiet, letting out a loud ovation as the players were introduced and cheering as soon as they touched the ball.

Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas appears to shoot against Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark during Clark's first WNBA game in Uncasville, Connecticut on Tuesday, May 14.

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Source: edition.cnn.com