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Unlike Caitlin Clark, Nika Muhl Likes Fever Star’s WNBA Problem: “Honestly, I Had No Idea”

Athletes coming straight from the NCAA take some time to adjust to the WNBA. Recently, a fine group of athletes graduated from their senior year, some of which were picked by the WNBA franchises in the 2024 draft. One of those stars who has taken the world by storm, both literally and figuratively, is Nika Mühl. That’s why Muhl was asked in a recent media interaction about the difference between the two leagues, and her answer reflected how she takes the opposite view on the Indiana Fever issue. Caitlin Clark.

Muhl attended a media interaction before the Seattle Storm game against the Los Angeles Sparks. She was asked what she thought was different about the professional league and her answer provided insight into the WNBA.

Nika Muhl dives into the WNBA changes

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Muhl talked about the differences, and she also delved into the temperament of her new coach Noelle Quinn. And this gave fans a glimpse into the WNBA. The video of that was uploaded by ‘TJ Sports Queen’ and it caught the attention of many fans.

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“The difference, ooh! They are physical. Much more physical, many more contacts possible, which I like… I like that a lot. Six fouls, honestly? I had no idea that… that’s the case. So I’m okay with it. I am very enthusiastic about that,” Nika Muhl stated.

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The 23-year-old was drafted by the Seattle Storm with the fourteenth overall pick. The ropes of the WNBA are very different from those of the NCAA. Nika Muhl is known for her aggressive defense that sometimes leads to more fouls. The relief for Muhl, however, is that she can use her physicality on defense more often than she did in the NCAA. And unlike the top pick in this year’s draft – Caitlin Clark-Muhl can really thrive in the new league. The reason is exactly the opposite.

Unlike Muhl, Clark doesn’t seem to enjoy the physical aspect of the WNBA. During the post-preseason game interview between the Indiana Fever and the Dallas Wings, Clark stated “I think the biggest transition is the physicality. Everyone is super physical. Calls are not always made.” Therefore, Clark does not enjoy the same things as Muhl. In addition, Nika Muhl mentioned another transition in her journey.

Nika Muhl about the change of her coach

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According to Muhl, she has always been coached by men and this is the first time she has been coached by a woman under Noelle Quinn. Notably, during her time with the Huskies, she was coached by Geno Auriemma. Muhl quickly noticed that ‘She’s so calm. She’s… she’s really such a balanced coach, and I love that energy.”

With Muhl making her preferences known, it will be interesting to see when she clashes with Clark. Perhaps the difference in opinion will definitely make it competitive between the two. As Muhl gets aggressive and physical, Clark could answer her with her classic threes.