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Liberty-Fever live score, updates: Caitlin Clark stats, highlights

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INDIANAPOLIS – Caitlin Clark hasn’t been in Indianapolis long, but she already has a to-do list involving the Circle City.

Of course, her top priorities are basketball-related. Clark, the No. 1 pick in April’s draft, is looking to take the Indiana Fever to the WNBA playoffs, and wouldn’t mind picking up some individual accolades along the way. She has been open about her desire to be named to the 2024 Olympic team.

Clark and Indiana tip off against the New York Liberty at 7:00 PM ET. The game will be broadcast on Amazon Prime. The Liberty are one of the most talented teams in the WNBA, with two-time MVP Breanna Stewart and 2021 MVP Jonquel Jones.

INDIANAPOLIS — As we’ve seen many times before, a few buckets from Caitlin Clark and her team are here again.

Clark scored seven points in the third quarter to help the Fever within 13, 67-56. But Indiana couldn’t get a shot in time as the quarter ended, and the Fever still have no answer for Breanna Stewart, who leads all scorers with 28 points. (She also has nine rebounds.)

New York built a lead as large as 23 points in the third, but Indiana appears to have some fire. Clark hit her first 3, which is huge for her confidence. Can she score a little and include some of her signature logo 3s in that run? –Lindsay Schnell

Caitlin Clark was fouled again. The Fever rookie was called for a shooting foul on New York’s Breanna Stewart just 30 seconds into the third quarter with 9:31 to go. Stewart converted both of her free throws to extend Liberty’s lead to 50-33. Clark now has four fouls, but she stayed on the field.

–Cydney Henderson

INDIANAPOLIS – In what should have been a battle of the greats, Jonquel Jones vs. Aliyah Boston, it wasn’t exactly a fair fight. Jones owns the paint. She has only scored six points, but she already has seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Boston, meanwhile, has eight points but has been largely a non-factor inside.

That’s a big part of why the Liberty has a 48-31 halftime lead.

A run midway through the second quarter helped Indiana cut the lead to four, and the Liberty responded by turning the ball over. But the Fever couldn’t take advantage of the other side, and the Liberty have been in complete control of this game ever since.

And there’s more bad news for Indiana: Just before halftime, Caitlin Clark picked up her third foul.

Breanna Stewart leads all scorers with 20 points for New York. –Lindsay Schnell

INDIANAPOLIS – She only has two points left, but Caitlin Clark’s home debut is already going better than her competitive debut two days ago.

Clark has three assists – two of them to Katie Lou Samuelson for three seconds – and three rebounds, looking considerably more comfortable through a quarter. Perhaps best of all, she only makes one mistake.

But things aren’t going well for the Fever in general. New York has a 25-16 lead behind 11 points from Breanna Stewart, the reigning MVP. The Liberty own the battle in the paint, outscoring Indiana 16-8, and they’ve already forced the Fever into four turnovers (three of them by Clark). Sabrina Ionescu also has nine points, three rebounds and an assist for the Liberty. –Lindsay Schnell

INDIANAPOLIS — Less than seven minutes into the game and things are already getting restless.

When Indiana Aliyah Boston was insulted by New York’s Jonquel Jones, the two became confused and words were exchanged – of the “not fit for work” variety. But a common foul was called, so no harm was done, right?

We will have to keep an eye on this game for the rest of the game. –Lindsay Schnell

Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever will play in front of their home fans for the first time this season when they face the New York Liberty on Thursday at 7:00 PM ET. The game will take place at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The Liberty at Fever game will air on Amazon Prime.

The Liberty at Fever game will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime. The game will also be available on-demand on the WNBA’s League Pass upon completion. Fans can get League Pass by downloading the WNBA app.

  • PG Erica Wheeler
  • SG Caitlin Clark
  • SF Katie Lou Samuelson
  • PF NaLyssa Smith
  • C Aliyah Boston

Starting lineup of New York Liberty

  • GCourtney Vandersloot
  • G Sabrina Ionescu
  • G/F Betnijah Laney-Hamilton
  • F Breanna Stewart
  • C Jonquel Jones

Clark finished with 20 points in her WNBA debut on Tuesday, but it took the rookie some time to get going. She shot just 5 of 15 from the field in the Fever’s 92-71 loss to the Connecticut Sun. The top pick in the 2024 draft also threw the ball away 10 times, a statistic that will surely nag at her — and certainly not the type of double-double she wanted to record.

2024 WNBA rookies to watch

The 2024 WNBA rookie class is one of the most anticipated in history, led by none other than Caitlin Clark, the Iowa scoring phenom who rewrote the college record books. But she’s not the only newcomer expected to make a big impact, and do so right away. There hasn’t been this much attention and excitement surrounding WNBA rookies since 2013, when Brittney Griner, Elena Della Donne and Skylar Diggins-Smith joined the league.

To get you ready for the 2024 WNBA season that starts on Tuesday, USA TODAY Sports’ Lindsay Schnell gives a primer on the nine rookies she thinks will have the biggest impact this season. Read more from Schnell here.

Caitlin Clark inspires girls all over the world, including a little toddler. Ahead of her first home game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse against the New York Liberty on Thursday, Clark was spotted on the field playing with Aliya, the daughter of Fever forward Katie Lou Samuelson.

Clark was too spotted signing autographs before the game. –Cydney Henderson

INDIANAPOLIS – A WNBA spokesperson confirmed Thursday that starting Tuesday, May 21, all teams will charter to and from every game. That is a week after the opening of the 2024 season.

The festive fever that swept through the league last week when commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced teams would charter full-time has subsided somewhat. While players — especially veterans who have been fighting to fly privately for years — are happy with the upgrade, the rollout has been clumsy.

And that is a generous description.

On Thursday, also known as Caitlin Clark’s home debut, the New York Liberty will play the Indiana Fever. But the Liberty did not charter to Indianapolis, but flew commercially with American Airlines. They also have a commercial flight home, with an early wake-up call at 7:30 am on Friday. The Fever also fly commercially to New York on Friday for their Saturday game against the Liberty. Read the full story here.

Caitlin Clark wants to be just like Steph Curry

INDIANAPOLIS — The summer before her senior year at Iowa, Caitlin Clark made a point of bulking up, adding eight pounds of muscle to her thin 6-foot-4 frame. She knew the extra weight would make a difference as the Hawkeyes slogged through another long season, beating multiple defenders every night on her way to leading the scoring nation.

But this summer she is busy playing in the WNBA. That means any major changes to her body will have to wait a few months. When she does get in the weight room, Clark has a goal: be like NBA superstar Stephen Curry.

“Someone I like to watch is Steph,” she said. ‘He is strong. He may be a little small, but he’s a really strong guy. That will certainly be something that is important for me to evolve over the course of my professional career.”

The physical nature of the WNBA was a big adjustment for Clark in just three games (two preseason and one regular season). She gets bumped and bumped every second she’s on the ground, whether she has the ball or not, and she’s still getting used to that.

Clark is officially listed at 152 pounds, one of the Fever’s smallest players; only 6-foot-4 Erica Wheeler weighs less, at 143 pounds. Adding another seven to ten pounds of muscle would be a big step forward for Clark; the guards who have a similar build to her, 6-foot-1 Grace Berger and 6-foot-1 Lexie Hull, weigh 160 and 155 pounds, respectively. Clark knows that getting stronger is the key to longevity in the pros, but has accepted that she will have to wait a few months to really address that aspect of her game: “When this offseason comes around, that will probably be one of my main concerns are, more power.” –Lindsay Schnell

INDIANAPOLIS — On Thursday, before making her regular-season home debut, Clark told reporters she is excited to visit the Indianapolis Zoo at some point.

Considered one of the best zoos in America, the Indianapolis Zoo hosts an annual black-tie fundraiser known as “Zoobilation,” billed as the city’s “most anticipated event of the year.” And Indy’s newest resident is looking for an invite: “Maybe I’ll go to Zoobilation, I heard they’re getting new chimpanzees.”

Told that her praise of the event will likely lead to her becoming a guest of honor, Clark laughed before joking, “Yeah, Zoobilation is about to have a record number of people wanting to go,” a reference to how her presence tends assist in maintaining attendance records.

Another thing likely to set attendance records: her performance this summer at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, home of the Fever. –Lindsay Schnell

Where Caitlin Clark goes, a crowd follows. The Atlanta Dream joined the Washington Mystics and Las Vegas Aces in moving their upcoming games against Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever to larger arenas to accommodate larger crowds.

Clark, the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer and the Fever’s No. 1 overall draft pick, said she understands the significance of the hype surrounding her and vowed to continue showing up for fans around the league.

“People sacrifice a lot to spend money to come here or to travel or to pay for their young daughter or son to come see us and support us… I understand because I was that young girl” , says Clark. said on Thursday. “I’m very aware of it and that’s why I didn’t miss a single game in college.” –Cydney Henderson

10 bold predictions for the WNBA season

The 28th WNBA season kicks off tonight, so it’s time to think about what’s in store for women’s professional basketball in the coming months.

There has never been so much excitement surrounding the women’s game. With a star-studded draft class, a team going for its third straight championship and a Summer Olympics set to increase interest in women’s basketball, the WNBA is entering the most highly anticipated season since the league first debuted nearly three decades ago.

So what can we expect this summer? For starters, Caitlin Clark will lead the WNBA in assists and make the Olympic team. Read Lindsay Schnell’s story here.

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