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Caitlin Clark sets the wrong kind of record in her WNBA debut


Caitlin Clark set a record in her first WNBA regular-season game on Tuesday, but not the kind the rookie sensation was hoping for.

The Indiana Fever guard recorded 10 goals, the most in a debut game in league history.

She scored a game-high 20 points — a team high that made her just the third WNBA player to score 20 or more in their first game — though she got off to a slow start, shooting a much worse-than-expected 5-for-15. from the field as the Fever fell to the Connecticut Sun 92-71.

Many of her problems came in the first half, where she got into foul trouble early and didn’t score until late in the second quarter. She was well covered throughout the match by Connecticut standout DiJonai Carrington, who gave Clark few opportunities to come up with an uncontested shot.

This season’s No. 1 draft pick appeared upset as she left the court after the first half and was caught on camera talking animatedly with teammate Aliyah Boston on her way to the locker room.

After halftime, though, Clark seemed to find her rhythm a bit more, knocking down three of her four three-point attempts and scoring 13 points.

This season’s No. 1 draft pick acknowledged before the game Tuesday morning that she might not be able to continue the kind of total domination she became known for during her time at the University of Iowa, where she set the NCAA scoring record and became the face of women’s basketball, as she makes the transition to the much tougher professional circuit.

After the game, she struck a similar tone, acknowledging that it’s still incredibly early in her rookie season — and that she has time to learn.

“Disappointed and no one likes to lose, that’s the way it is,” Clark said. “You can’t beat yourself too much over one match.”

ESPN reported that Tuesday’s season opener, held at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut, had an atmosphere more typical of a playoffs or even a WNBA Finals game as thousands of fans watched Clark play. The stadium also saw its first home opener in more than two decades sold out – and only the second in franchise history, following the team’s first game.

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