Fever fall to Liberty 102-66 at Caitlin Clark’s home debut

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INDIANAPOLIS — Breanna Stewart ruined Caitlin Clark’s regular play location debut by scoring 31 points to lead nan New York Liberty to a 102-66 triumph successful beforehand of a sellout crowd of 17,247 connected Thursday night.

In Indianapolis’ astir anticipated rookie debut since Peyton Manning successful 1998, Clark did not present nan expected performance. For nan 2nd consecutive game, she struggled pinch foul trouble. The rookie vanished pinch 9 points, 7 rebounds, six assists and 3 turnovers, nary aft nan first 4th — a melodramatic betterment complete nan 10 she had Tuesday night.

Clark besides was 2 of 8 from nan section and conscionable 1 of 7 connected 3-pointers.

Sabrina Ionescu and Jonquel Jones each scored 14 for New York, which has won 8 consecutive complete Indiana. Jones besides had 10 rebounds.

Aliyah Boston had a game-high 12 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana.

The Liberty didn’t conscionable make life difficult for Clark, they made things reliable for Indiana.

Stewart helped New York prehend power by taking a 25-16 lead aft 1 quarter. And erstwhile nan Fever trim nan shortage to 32-27 midway done nan 2nd quarter, Stewart answered pinch 4 consecutive points to spur a 12-0 tally that gave nan Liberty a 44-27 cushion precocious successful nan first half.

Indiana yet responded by closing nan 3rd 4th pinch 12 consecutive points, nan first 7 coming courtesy of Clark, to make it 67-56 aft three.

But nan defending Eastern Conference champs opened nan 4th fourth connected a 12-0 spurt and cruised to their 2nd consecutive victory.

Making nan trip

Indianapolis is quickly becoming a favourite destination for Clark’s erstwhile teammates and coaches. Ex-Hawkeyes defender Gabbie Marshall showed up and posed for a photograph pinch her longtime friend pursuing Clark’s first location preseason crippled past week.

On Thursday, nan entourage included erstwhile coach, Lisa Bluder, who announced her status Monday, and caller Hawkeyes coach, Jan Jensen — Bluder’s longtime assistant.

Up next

The Fever and Liberty caput backmost to New York connected Saturday for a rematch.

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