Caitlin Clark, Fever Facing Plenty of Growing Pains Early After Another Blowout Loss in Home Debut

Caitlin Clark, Fever Facing Plenty of Growing Pains Early After Another Blowout Loss in Home Debut
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As Caitlin Clark stepped back onto her new home court and her face appeared on the video board, the crowd of 17,274 cheered enthusiastically, despite the Indiana Fever trailing by 23 points and Clark having only scored once in the first 90 seconds of the game. The Fever’s home opener against the New York Liberty was sold out, setting the third-best regular season attendance total in franchise history, quadrupling last season’s average attendance.

Clark’s every move was met with anticipation, and although the Fever managed a 10-0 run in the third quarter to pull within 11 points, they ultimately lost 102-66. The Fever struggled offensively, with Clark scoring nine points, grabbing seven rebounds, and dishing out six assists, but she also had five fouls and shot only 2-of-8 from the field.

Indiana’s head coach, Christie Sides, emphasized the need for pride and mental toughness, pointing out that the Fever must improve their defensive efforts and make smarter offensive decisions. The Fever’s schedule doesn’t provide much respite, as they face top teams in quick succession, leaving little time for practice adjustments.

Caitlin Clark acknowledged the fast pace and the need for more experience to adjust to the WNBA’s demands. The Fever’s fanbase remains enthusiastic, with many attending their first-ever women’s basketball game, drawn in by Clark’s talent and potential. Despite the early struggles, Clark’s presence has rejuvenated the Fever’s following, signalling hope for the future.


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