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Caitlin Clark leads Indiana Fever to victory over Atlanta Dream in WNBA preseason

Indiana Fever wins preseason game against Atlanta Dream. Rookie sensation shines with near triple-double performance. Katie Lou Samuelson makes anticipated debut.

The Indiana Fever concluded their preseason with a hard-fought 83-80 victory over the Atlanta Dream, setting the stage for the start of the regular season on May 14 in Connecticut.

The standout rookie for the Fever showcased her skills in her second WNBA preseason game, demonstrating why she has garnered so much attention. Despite a slow start with her shooting, she made significant contributions with four assists in the first nine minutes of play. Drawing on her college career success, where she recorded an impressive 17 triple-doubles at Iowa, she displayed versatility on the court, finishing the game with 12 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.

Katie Lou Samuelson, returning to the WNBA after a hiatus due to the birth of her daughter, made her much-anticipated debut with the Fever. Overcoming initial rustiness, she found her rhythm in the third quarter, scoring 11 points, grabbing three rebounds, and making two steals. Alongside her, Berger and Taylor also made strong contributions, with Berger showcasing her playmaking skills and Taylor making crucial plays to narrow the deficit.

The trio's performance helped spark a 22-8 run in the final minutes of the first half, putting the Fever back in contention for the game. While Clark is a shoo-in for a spot on the team, Berger and Taylor also made compelling cases for themselves during the closing days of training camp.

Clark's performance in the game, with 12 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, showcased her ability to impact the game in multiple ways. Despite scoring fewer points than her preseason opener, she demonstrated a more well-rounded game against the Dream, highlighting her potential as a key player for the Fever in the upcoming season.

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