Caitlin Clark Makes Her WNBA First Play With Indiana Fever At Sellout Exhibition Game Against Wings


Hours before Caitlin Clark’s WNBA debut with the Indiana Fever in an exhibition game against the Dallas Wings, enthusiastic fans, clad in No. 22 University of Iowa jerseys, eagerly lined up outside the arena, anticipating her arrival.

The anticipation was well-placed, as Clark delivered a remarkable performance. The two-time NCAA women’s basketball player of the year showcased her talent, leading all first-half scorers with 16 points and finishing with a team-high 21 points in the Fever’s narrow 79-76 loss to the Wings.

Despite her impressive debut, Clark’s efforts fell short of securing victory. Her 3-point attempt at the buzzer to send the game into overtime missed its mark, concluding a thrilling debut for the young star.

Clark’s first professional basket, a 28-foot 3-pointer early in the game, set the tone for her performance, as she displayed her shooting prowess throughout the match.

Although she was sidelined for part of the third quarter due to foul trouble, Clark’s impact on the court was undeniable, drawing cheers from fans and demonstrating her potential as a WNBA star.

Even before tipoff, Clark received a warm welcome from fans, including those who traveled long distances to witness her debut.

While Clark had her fair share of supporters in attendance, she also faced opposition from Wings fans, highlighting the competitive atmosphere of the game.

The exhibition marked the Fever’s first of two preseason games before Clark makes her regular-season debut on May 14 against the Connecticut Sun.

The game’s sellout, requested by the Wings’ president and CEO Greg Bibb following Clark’s decision to join the WNBA, underscores the excitement surrounding her arrival in the league.

Clark’s impact extends beyond the court, as evidenced by requests for autographs and media attention, reflecting her status as a rising star in women’s basketball.

As Indiana prepares for a competitive WNBA season, fans eagerly anticipate Clark’s future performances and the Fever’s upcoming matches at the College Park Center.