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Caitlin Clark struggles in first home game as Indiana Fever loses to New York Liberty, 102-66

A sold out venue of 17,424 Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis filled Caitlin Clark’s home debut for the Indiana Fever against the New York Liberty, last season’s WNBA Eastern Conference champions.

Unfortunately, Clark struggled in her second WNBA game, scoring just nine points in front of the home crowd. She shot 2-for-8 from the field (including 1-for-7 on 3-pointers), but added seven rebounds and six assists in a 102-66 loss to one of the best teams in the league.

Reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart was the player who put on a show, scoring 31 points to lead the Liberty. Stewart completely outmatched Indiana’s frontcourt, shooting 12-for-21 from the field while grabbing 10 rebounds with four assists.

Sabrina Ionescu finished with 14 points for New York with seven rebounds. Jonquel Jones added 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, while Betnijah Laney-Hamilton scored 12.

New York improved to 2-0 on the season, while Indiana fell to 0-2.

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The home sellout was the Fever’s first since October 2012, when they played in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals. So was the crowd second best for a home opener in franchise history (behind 18,345 in 2003) and the third largest attendance for a regular season game (17,704 in 2016).

Unfortunately, Clark didn’t give the home fans much to cheer about in the first half. She scored just two points on 1-for-5 shooting (and 0-for-4 on 3-pointers) and scored three goals while facing tough defense from Liberty’s Courtney Vandersloot and Ivana Dojkic. However, Clark added four rebounds and five assists.

Aliyah Boston led the Fever with 12 points and seven rebounds in a tough matchup with Jones. Katie Lou Samuelson added 10.

Next up for Clark and the Fever is another matchup with the Liberty this Saturday in New York. Tip-off is set for 1:00 PM ET and the game will air on ABC.

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