Caitlin Clark’s WNBA debut overshadowed by record turnover night: ‘We’ve got to help her out’


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Caitlin Clark recorded historical past in her WNBA debut on Tuesday night time, though it wasn’t a stat the Indiana Fever had been hoping to perform. 

Clark’s repute as a prolific shooter didn’t translate effectively in her first common season sport, because the Connecticut Solar had been in a position to restrict her early on of their 92-71 victory at house. The previous Iowa Hawkeyes’ star led the workforce with 20 factors however was 5 of 15 from the sector, together with 4 of 11 from deep. 

Caitlin Clark of the Indiana Fever controls the ball, defended by DiJonai Carrington of the Solar, at Mohegan Solar Area on Might 14, 2024 in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Elsa/Getty Pictures)

Most notable was the Fever’s excessive turnover fee. Clark herself turned over the ball 10 occasions, marking probably the most of any participant making their profession debut within the WNBA. That document was beforehand set by Cynthia Cooper-Dyke when she had eight.

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“We don’t have plenty of follow time for our subsequent one,” Fever coach Christie Sides stated of Indiana’s fast turnaround to host the New York Liberty on Thursday night time. 

“We’ll be within the fitness center tomorrow watching plenty of video, attempting to determine how to not flip the ball over 25 occasions for 29 factors.” 

However Sides didn’t place the blame completely on Clark. 

Caitlin Clark sits on the bench

Caitlin Clark of the Indiana Fever appears on from the bench throughout the Solar sport at Mohegan Solar Area on Might 14, 2024, in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Elsa/Getty Pictures)

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“We’ve received to assist her out. We’ve received to do a greater job of coming again to the ball. We labored on that a number of occasions this week, simply realizing that that was in all probability going to be what they had been going to do,” she continued. 

“However we simply need to do a greater job of getting any person again to the ball.”

For her position, Clark stated after the sport she received’t harp on the damaging. 

“I am disillusioned, and no one likes to lose, however I do not suppose you’ll be able to beat your self up an excessive amount of about one sport,” Clark stated. “I do not suppose that is going to assist this workforce.” 

Caitlin Clark reacts during a WNBA

Caitlin Clark of the Indiana Fever reacts throughout the second quarter in opposition to the Solar at Mohegan Solar Area on Might 14, 2024, in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Elsa/Getty Pictures)

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The Fever should regulate with none time on the court docket, Sides lamented on Tuesday night time. 

“There’s simply a lot that we have to work on, and this league – it is not very sort to us proper now with our schedule and what we have now arising subsequent. To have to look at video and never have the ability to exit and work on one thing, it’s two various things.”

“It’s us attempting to determine how we will change and repair what we have to in 24 hours with no follow.”  

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