Caitlin Clark Held to 9 Points in 102-66 Loss

Life in the WNBA isn’t off to a great start for Caitlin Clark. In her WNBA debut against the Connecticut Sun, Clark led the Indiana Fever with 20 points but committed a game-high 10 turnovers. On Thursday night, Clark struggled against the New York Liberty — an elite team in the league.

The high-powered Liberty handed the Fever a 102-66 beatdown. With former MVP Breanna Stewart on the floor for New York — and even with another MVP, Jonquel Jones, inactive — Indiana was facing a tall task from the jump. Stewart led the Liberty with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Sabrina Ionescu also stars for New York and Clark was excited to share the floor with one of her role models.

“It’s cool getting to go up against her,” Clark said of Ionescu. “She’s somebody who has been a staple of this league and has been one of the best point guards of all time. So for me, it’s definitely a little excitement, even though I’m competing against them.”

Clark finished with just nine points — connecting on 2-of-8 from the field and 1-of-7 from beyond the arc. The No. 1 pick failed to score 10+ points for the first time since her freshman year at Iowa.

“The physicality is definitely up there. … I’m easily pushed off screens,” Clark said. “The game seems a little fast for me right now. The more I play and the more comfortable I get, it’s going to slow down a little bit. It will be easier for me to make reads, see things develop.”

“I have great perspective on everything that happens,” Clark said. “It was the same in my college career. There were some moments that were absolutely amazing. And there were some moments I was not happy with how I played and how my team performed. That’s just life, that’s just basketball.”