Caitlin Clark’s monster game not enough as Fever drop fifth straight

SEATTLE — Jewell Loyd scored 21 of her 32 points in the first half, Sami Whitcomb scored all 10 of her points in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Storm held off rookie Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever 85-83 on Wednesday night.

Loyd, last year’s leading scorer in the WNBA, shook off a sluggish start to the season to post the 22nd 30-point game of her career.

Loyd and Whitcomb combined for 18 of Seattle’s 27 points in the fourth quarter, and the Storm (2-3) needed all those points to hold off a late rally and keep the Fever (0-5) winless.

Caitlin Clark scored 21 points but it was not enough in the loss. Getty Images

Clark finished with a team-high 21 points two days after rolling her left ankle in a home loss to Connecticut.

She struggled early against Seattle, but sparked a third-quarter rally and helped give the Fever a 60-58 lead going into the fourth.

Seattle led by as many as seven early in the fourth quarter.

Clark’s three free throws with 1:50 left pulled the Fever within 79-77, but Seattle got baskets from Jordan Horston and Ezi Magbegor on consecutive possessions.

The Fever were within 84-83 after two free throws by Clark. Seattle committed a turnover with 11 seconds left, giving Indiana a chance to win.

Clark stumbled on the inbound pass and a jump ball was controlled by Nneka Ogwumike, who hit one of two free throws.

Indiana was out of timeouts and could only get Aliyah Boston’s desperation attempt at the buzzer that was off line.

Ogwumike added 22 points after missing the past two games with an ankle injury.

Kelsey Mitchell looks to block Jewell Loyd shot during the fourth
quarter of Fever’s loss to the Storm. Getty Images

While most of the sellout crowd of 18,343 — the largest for a game in Seattle — wore the green and gold of the Storm, there was a healthy smattering of Indiana and Iowa No. 22 jerseys and shirts for Clark.

She put on a show the last time she was in the building during the 2023 NCAA Women’s Tournament when she helped lead Iowa to the Final Four, including a triple-double in the regional final.

Clark missed her first four shots before scoring on a baseline drive early in the second quarter.

Her first 3-pointer didn’t come until midway through the third quarter and she finished 6 of 16 shooting, including 2 for 8 from behind the arc.

Caitlin Clark of the Indiana Fever reacts during the fourth quarter against the Seattle Storm in the game at Climate Pledge Arena. Getty Images

Seattle rookie Nika Muhl made her debut for Seattle after missing the first four games of the season due to visa issues.

Muhl checked in late in the third quarter to a rousing ovation, only to see Clark knock down a 3 over her.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Fee-free TAFE courses to continue in NSW for 'critical' sectors

Fee-free TAFE courses will continue in New South Wales as the state…

Two NSW police officers are charged with the assault of a 92-year-old man

By Daily Mail Australia Reporter Published: 22:52 EDT, 12 June 2024 |…

The Untold Truth About Kelly Ripa's Sister And Her Scary Accident

When Linda Ripa’s dreams of becoming a model or actor were stunted,…

Free Speech Group Sues Indiana University over Bias Reporting

Speech First is an advocacy group that protects students’ right to express…