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She belongs: Caitlin Clark scores 21 in first preseason game as WNBA pro


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She belongs: Caitlin Clark scores 21 in first preseason game as WNBA pro

SHE'S HERE. Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) reacts after scoring during the second quarter against the Dallas Wings at College Park Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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In the midst of unprecedented hype, WNBA No. 1 overall pick Caitlin Clark delivers the goods with a 21-point preseason debut for the Indiana Fever, albeit in a losing effort against the Dallas Wings

In her first action as a professional, Caitlin Clark did not disappoint as the former Iowa star scored 21 points for the Indiana Fever in a 79-76 preseason loss to the host Dallas Wings on Friday (Saturday, May 4, Manila time).

Clark, the No. 1 pick in last month’s WNBA draft, scored 11 of her team’s first 19 points and scored 16 in the first half. The NCAA’s all-time leading scorer finished 6-of-15 shooting from the floor, including 5 of 13 from 3-point range, while adding three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

“My biggest goal coming into tonight was to continue to be myself, play aggressive,” said Clark, who missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would’ve sent the game to overtime. “I thought that’s what I did. I think there’s a lot to be proud of.”

Despite playing on the road, Clark was cheered throughout the game, including an ovation when she was introduced as a starter. She hit her first two shot attempts, both 3-pointers, and hit four of eight 3-point attempts in the first half.

The Fever play one more preseason game Thursday against the visiting Atlanta Dream before opening the regular season on the road against the Connecticut Sun on May 14.

“There’s a lot of good to take away from it. At the same time, it’s a preseason game, so don’t get too disappointed by it,” Clark said. “Just go back and watch the film, learn from it, and get ready for our next one.” –

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