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Caitlin Clark debut stats Indiana Fever WNBA No. 1 pick performance Fever vs Sun game explored

Caitlin Clark's WNBA debut draws huge crowd at sold-out Mohegan Sun Arena despite struggles, sets stage for anticipated matchup.

Caitlin Clark stepped onto the WNBA court for the first time on Tuesday, facing off against the Connecticut Sun at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The excitement surrounding her debut was palpable, as fans eagerly awaited to see how she would transition from college to the professional level.

The 22-year-old guard faced some challenges in the first half, scoring only seven points on 2-for-7 shooting. She struggled with her shot early on, missing her first three attempts before finally sinking her first-ever WNBA basket with a steal and layup in the first quarter. It wasn't until late in the second quarter that she hit her first 3-point shot.

Clark also struggled with turnovers in the first half, committing five as the Indiana Fever trailed 49-39 going into the third quarter. Foul trouble limited her playing time and impact in the game, as she only managed one assist in the first half.

Despite her performance, Clark's debut had a significant impact on the Mohegan Sun Arena, which was sold out for the first time since the Connecticut Sun's inaugural game in 2003. The large turnout of fans was a testament to the hype surrounding Clark and the excitement she brings to the league.

Looking ahead, Clark and the Fever have a chance to bounce back in their next game at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. However, they face a tough challenge against the New York Liberty, last year's WNBA Finals runners-up, led by reigning MVP Breanna Stewart and star point guard Sabrina Ionescu. The matchup is highly anticipated and is expected to draw another sold-out crowd, showcasing the growing popularity of women's basketball.

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