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Caitlin Clark shares thoughts on unwanted double-double in WNBA debut

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Caitlin Clark made her long awaited W.N.B.A Debut on Tuesday night and it didn’t exactly go to plan.

Clark had a double-double for the Indiana Fever with 20 points and 10 turnovers in a 92–71 loss to Alyssa Thomas and the Connecticut Sun.

After the match, Clark talked about her difficult introduction to the competition and what her next step looks like.

“I’m disappointed, and no one likes to lose, but I don’t think you can beat yourself too much in one match,” Clark said after the match. “I don’t think this is going to help this team.

“Just learn from it and move on.”

Clark finished the night with 20 points on just 5 of 15 shooting. She shot 4-for-11 from beyond the arc, but a few of those 3-pointers came well out of reach in the fourth quarter.

She also recorded just three assists and had zero rebounds, which is a far cry from the incredible stats she put up at the University of Iowa.

However, to its credit, the WNBA doesn’t make things easy for rookies. Especially starting point guards.

The Fever selected Clark with the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft on April 15. The teams then had less than two weeks of preseason training and only two preseason games before the regular season started.

That’s not exactly a lot of time to learn a new offense with a bunch of new teammates. Combine that with the fact that Connecticut has two future Basketball Hall of Fame members in Thomas and DeWanna Bonner, and it suddenly becomes a lot less of a surprise that Clark struggled.

“I definitely think about the physicality,” Clark said when asked what caused her problems. “I also think it’s just uncharacteristic things. For example, I pick up the ball and travel, I dribble off my foot, I pass it on impact, I turn it over. So just a few things that are common: you have to be sharper.

That’s what WNBA superstar Diana Taurasi tried to tell fans all along. But they didn’t seem to want to listen.

Clark will likely improve as the season progresses. But even if that isn’t the case, a huge jump in year two is far from out of the question given the circumstances.