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Basketball-Clark ready to shake off disappointing debut loss


By Amy Tennery

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (Reuters) – Caitlin Clark is ready to put her WNBA debut in the rearview mirror after an awkward start saw the Connecticut Sun defeat her Indiana Fever on the road 92-71 on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-5 sharpshooter said she expected a tough test when she was selected first overall in the draft last month and got just that at Mohegan Sun Arena as the Sun held her scoreless until midway through the second quarter.

“You have to learn from it and move on and be ready to go,” said Clark, who had 20 points but 10 turnovers on the night. “As a team, we collectively would have liked to play better and show a better product.”

The road ahead won’t get any easier for Clark, who attracted enormous interest when she broke the all-time collegiate scoring record in her senior season at Iowa, shattering television records in her wake.

The Fever play last year’s finalists New York Liberty at home on Thursday and in Brooklyn on Saturday before facing the Sun again on Monday in Indiana, an unenviable stretch for the Fever, who have not had a winning season since 2015 had.

Fever coach Christie Sides said there is little time for the team to fix what they need.

“There is so much we need to work on,” Sides told reporters. “This league isn’t being very kind to us right now with our schedule and what we’re going to do next.”

(Reporting by Amy Tennery in Uncasville, Conn.; additional reporting by Hussein Waaile; Editing by Jamie Freed)