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In the star’s WNBA debut, Caitlin Clark finishes with 20 points and 10 turnovers as the Fever lose.

Tuesday night, the Indiana Fever lost to the Connecticut Sun 92-71 despite Caitlin Clark’s 20 points and 10 turnovers towards the end of her WNBA debut.

With 13 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds, Alyssa Thomas led the Sun and recorded her 12th career triple-double. DiJonai Carrington scored 16 points, while DeWanna Bonner added 20. Haranging the guard, Carrington was also a big part of Clark’s early offensive setbacks.

That’s the way it is; nobody enjoys losing,” Clark remarked. “You can’t criticize one game too harshly on yourself.” The first quarter ended with no points for the NCAA’s all-time Division I scoring leader, who ended the game 5 for 15 from the field. Before she finally got on the scoreboard halfway through the second period, she missed her first four shots. Before Clark laid the ball in, he drove the entire length of the court after stealing the ball at the foul line. With 29.9 seconds remaining in the first half, she made two more free throws and a 3-pointer to conclude the first 20 minutes with seven points, making two of her seven shots. At the half, the Fever’s deficit was 49–39.

After two free throws by Clark late in the third quarter, the Fever pulled within 63-57, but they were unable to go much closer the rest of the way. Clark did indeed go hot from the field, making four 3-pointers, one of which was a long-range shot. “Caitlin managed to draw some attention to her and subdue them.” Christie Sides, the Indiana coach, stated, “Our spacing was not great.” “Connecticut gave us a tongue-lashing tonight. Tomorrow, we’ll be in the gym watching a ton of videos in an attempt to find out how to avoid turning the ball over 25 times.

With eight turnovers in her debut game, Clark beat Cynthia Cooper-Dyke’s record for most in the WNBA.

GOING UP

Bonner passed former Phoenix Mercury colleague Candice Dupree, who concluded her career with 6,895 points, to take fifth place on the WNBA’s career scoring chart. During a layup halfway through the third quarter, Bonner got past Dupree. “It was even more special to do it here, on this night, with this team, this group, and this crowd,” Bonner remarked. It was a major accomplishment that I can cross off my list. It’s challenging to enter this league and even more so to stay there. That is an incredible list to be on. I should give myself a pat on the back for it. After a break, Bonner, who now has 6,901 points, raised her hands to the audience to celebrate the achievement.

BRIONNA’S RETURN

Following her rupture of her right Achilles tendon in June of last year, Brionna Jones made her playing debut. After playing for less than twenty minutes, the Sun’s All-Star center finished with eight points. Coach Stephanie White of Connecticut remarked, “We certainly missed her and it put a smile on my face to see her out there again.”

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