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Fever star Caitlin Clark sets WNBA record in loss to Los Angeles Sparks



The rebuilding Indiana Fever squad continued their early season struggles in Tuesday’s 88-82 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks, but rookie Caitlin Clark etched her name into the WNBA record books while playing her best game as a pro.

In the loss, Clark finished with 30 points, six assists, five rebounds, three steals and three blocks, which makes her the first rookie in WNBA history to record a 30-5-5-3-3 stat line. She’s the fourth player overall to record such stat line and is now also the fastest rookie in WNBA history to record 100 points and 50 assists.

“I think I just played with an aggressive mindset,” Clark told reporters Tuesday. “I think that was the biggest thing — to play downhill the best I could. We did some good things and then we just kind of shot ourselves in the foot.”

The Fever dropped to 1-7 record (0-3 at home) while enduring a brutal schedule to start the season. Five of their first eight games have come against the best three teams from last season. Clark and the Fever started the 2024 season 0-5, including two tough losses to the Liberty.

But Clark’s acclimation to the league is a welcome sign for head coach Christie Sides and the Fever organization. Her season-high 30 points were the third most by a rookie in Fever history. Hall of Famer and former Fever superstar Tamika Catchings scored more in her 2002 rookie season with the franchise (32, twice).

Clark also became the first rookie in WNBA history to record 30 points, three blocks and three steals in a game.

The No. 1 overall pick shot 7-for-16 from the field (3-for-10 from deep) while also turning the ball over seven times.

“The biggest thing for me is, when I get in there, I still get a little indecisive — and that’s honestly where a lot of my turnovers are still coming from,” Clark said.

“Just a little indecision when I do get my feet in the paint, but I think I’ve done a better job of probing and finding people open or finishing at the rim. I think I’ve done a better job as well of understanding who’s guarding me.

“That will continue to get a lot better, [I’ll] continue to take care of the ball a little bit better and find people, not be a little indecisive — I’ve got to make decisions a little bit faster once I do get my feet in the paint.”

Tuesday’s matchup also featured Los Angeles’ Cameron Brink and Rickea Jackson, this year’s No. 2 and No. 4 overall picks. Brink scored just three points while grabbing three boards and blocking two shots. Jackson scored 12 points on 2-for-7 shooting from the field. Los Angeles’ veteran guard Kia Nurse scored a team-high 22 points in the win.

Aliyah Boston, last year’s unanimous Rookie of the Year, totaled 17 points, six rebounds and two assists.

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