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Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever lose AGAIN in blowout loss to the New York Liberty in their second WNBA game

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Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever lost their second straight game, as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 draft and her teammates were once again eliminated – this time against the New York Liberty and reigning MVP Breanna Stewart – during of her second WNBA contest.

In Indianapolis’ most anticipated rookie debut since Peyton Manning in 1998, Clark failed to deliver the expected performance in the Fever’s 102-66 loss at home. For the second game in a row, she faced foul trouble. The rookie finished with nine points, seven rebounds, six assists and three turnovers, none after the first quarter — a dramatic improvement from the 10 she had Tuesday night.

Clark was also 2 of 8 from the field and just 1 of 7 from 3-point range.

On Tuesday, she scored 20 points against the Connecticut Sun, but struggled in the first half after scoring just seven points in her WNBA debut.

Sabrina Ionescu and Jonquel Jones each scored 14 for New York, which has won eight in a row against Indiana. Jones also had 10 rebounds.

Caitlin Clark did not deliver the expected performance at home during a resounding 102-66 loss to New York.

Caitlin Clark did not deliver the expected performance at home during a resounding 102-66 loss to New York.

The 21-year-old No. 1 draft pick scored just nine points in her second WNBA game.

The 21-year-old No. 1 draft pick scored just nine points in her second WNBA game.

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

The Liberty not only made life difficult for Clark, they also made things difficult for Indiana.

Stewart helped New York take control by taking a 25-16 lead after one quarter. And when the Fever cut the deficit to 32-27 midway through the second quarter, Stewart responded with four straight points to spark a 12-0 run that gave the Liberty a 44-27 advantage late in the game. the first half.

Indiana finally responded by closing out the third quarter with 12 straight points, the first seven coming from Clark, to make it 67-56 after three.

But the defending Eastern Conference champions opened the fourth quarter on a 12-0 spurt and earned their second straight victory.

Indianapolis is quickly becoming a favorite destination for Clark’s former teammates and coaches. Former Hawkeyes guard Gabbie Marshall showed up and posed for a photo with her longtime friend after Clark’s first home preseason game last week.

Thursday’s entourage included former coach Lisa Bluder, who announced her retirement Monday, and new Hawkeyes coach Jan Jensen, Bluder’s longtime assistant.

The Fever and Liberty return to New York on Saturday for a rematch.

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