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Caitlin Clark stars in her WNBA debut, a preseason sellout

Caitlin Clark made her WNBA debut with the Indiana Fever on Friday night – and her “effect” showed no signs of abating.

The preseason game against the Dallas Wings was another sellout with enthusiastic fans lining up outside College Park Center in Arlington, Texas, to watch the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer play in her first professional game.

“My biggest goal tonight was to be myself, have fun playing basketball, be aggressive. I thought I did that,” Clark said at a post-game news conference on Friday.

Much like her time at the University of Iowa, Clark shined on the court Friday, scoring 21 points with three rebounds, two assists and two steals despite it being a losing game. The Wings won 79-76.

Fever head coach Christie Sides applauded Clark’s performance, but noted that the rookie star and the rest of the team were still in an adjustment period.

“We are still learning each other,” Sides said at the press conference on Friday.

Sides noted that Clark seemed tired in the first quarter. The head coach said she hopes Clark will lean on her teammates in the future.

Clark was asked what the biggest difference was between professional basketball and college basketball.

“Everyone is super physical, it’s not always called. I would say that’s the most important thing,” she said.

Clark’s debut in a regular season game will be against the Connecticut Sun on May 14.

“It’s a big milestone for someone who has always dreamed of playing in the WNBA,” Clark said.

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