Connecticut Sun rout Indiana Fever to spoil Caitlin Clark’s WNBA debut


The Connecticut Solar defeated the Indiana Fever by double digits on Tuesday night time to spoil Caitlin Clark’s WNBA debut earlier than a historic sell-out crowd on the league’s season opening night time. 

Clark, guarded closely by the Solar’s DiJonai Carrington, went scoreless within the first quarter and was 2 of seven from the sector, together with 1 of 4 from deep, with no rebounds, one help, and 5 turnovers within the first half to assist the Solar to take care of their double-digit lead. 

Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever controls the ball, defended by DiJonai Carrington #21 of the Connecticut Solar, in the course of the third quarter within the recreation at Mohegan Solar Area on Could 14, 2024 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Elsa/Getty Photos)

Fever head coach Christie Sides known as out the workforce’s vital turnovers, 10 of which got here from Clark.

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

“We’ll be within the health club tomorrow watching a whole lot of video, attempting to determine how to not flip the ball over 25 occasions for 29 factors.” 

Clark’s struggles have been evident early on, however she managed to regulate within the second half and completed with a team-high of 20 factors.  

Caitlin Clark reacts during a WNBA

Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever reacts in the course of the second quarter in opposition to the Connecticut Solar within the recreation at Mohegan Solar Area on Could 14, 2024 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Elsa/Getty Photos)

“I assumed our first couple of possessions have been okay, after which they type of went on a run, and we actually struggled to attain,” Clark stated after the loss. “We actually didn’t get into a lot.” 

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Clark credited the physicality of the Solar and a few “uncharacteristic” moments from her for the excessive turnover charge. 

“I feel collectively, 25 turnovers goes to make it actually exhausting for us to win.” 

Regardless of the loss and the sluggish begin, Clark’s reputation within the WNBA continues.

The group of almost 9,000 followers roared as Clark’s identify was known as on the courtroom. The Suns stated Tuesday’s recreation marked the primary time because the franchise’s inaugural season in 2003 {that a} residence opener has offered out. 

Caitlin Clark fans at season opener

Followers are seeing sporting shirts and holding indicators in assist of Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever previous to a recreation in opposition to the Connecticut Solar at Mohegan Solar Area on Could 14, 2024 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Elsa/Getty Photos)

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Clark’s first contact of the sport drew related cheers, rivaling the cheers of the house crowd at Mohegan Solar Area.

Tuesday marked Clark’s second offered out recreation of her skilled profession. In her preseason debut in opposition to the Dallas Wings earlier this month, Clark dropped a team-high 21 factors earlier than a packed area.

Taking the courtroom for the primary time at Gainbridge Fieldhouse final week, Clark additionally drew a report crowd of 13,028 – a franchise report greater than triple final season’s 4,000.

Indiana opens the season at residence on Thursday after they host the Liberty at 7 p.m. ET.

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