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Clark tops scoring but gives up 10 turnovers in WNBA debut loss

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New York (AFP) – Women’s basketball sensation Caitlin Clark scored 20 points but gave up 10 goals in a tough WNBA debut as her Indiana Fever team lost 92-71 to the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday.

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Clark, NCAA Division I basketball’s all-time leading scorer, brought unprecedented attention to women’s basketball with her college career, which rewrote the record books and shattered attendance and television viewership records.

Indiana considered her a No. 1 draft pick and maintained the buzz around Clark, which had peaked during her run to the national championship game with Iowa.

The build-up hype was always going to be difficult to live up to, but Clark and her team endured a tough night against a strong Suns defense.

The match at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, was sold out, with on-court seats offered on secondary markets for as much as $4,262.

As she made her debut on the road, crowd reaction showed many came just to see the star of last month’s NCAA Tournament.

Clark’s 20 points made her the Fever’s leading scorer, coming on 5-of-15 shooting, 4-of-11 on three-pointers and 6-of-6 on free throws. She also had three assists, two steals and ten turnovers.

Clark struggled early in the game and picked up two touching fouls that sent her to the bench early.

Her first points didn’t come until there was 5:24 left in the second quarter, though she later found her flow with 13 points in the second half.

The Sun star Alyssa Thomas recorded a triple double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists.

Clark makes her home debut Thursday in Indianapolis against last year’s WNBA runner-up New York Liberty.