Caitlin Clark struggles in Fever's loss to Liberty following controversial match

One night after their controversial match against the Chicago Sky, the Indiana Fever was crushed on the road by the New York Liberty, 104-68, on Sunday.

And Caitlin Clark, the subject of controversy, struggled mightily at the Barclays Center during the team's last loss.

Clark scored three points, shooting 1 of 10 from the field, including 1 of 7 from three-point territory. She also had five assists, two rebounds, two steals and a block.


Caitlin Clark dribbling

Caitlin Clark of the Indiana Fever kicks the ball during the third quarter against the New York Liberty at the Barclays Center in New York on June 2, 2024. (Luke Hales/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the Liberty saw its stars prepare on the court like Breanna Stewart (13 points, six rebounds, five assists), Sabrina Ionescu (16 points, six assists, six rebounds), Jonquel Jones (18 points, 13 rebounds , four passes). , two steals) and Betnijah Laney-Hamilton (20 points, five assists, two rebounds, two steals) led the way for New York.

The Fever had just come off a tough win over the Sky, 71-70, the night before, and it hadn't even been 24 hours since controversy and tension had been brewing between these two teams.

Sky goalie Chennedy Carter was seen checking Clark's hip during the game, and Sky teammate Angel Reese applauded for the serious foul that turned into a 1 flagrant violation after the WNBA looked at it on Sunday.


After the game, Carter avoided questions about Clark, but his thoughts on the No. 1 pick in this year's draft were confirmed by likes and reposted defenses of his actions on X.

Carter later posted on Threads Sunday where she attacked Clark.

“There you go, other than the three-point shot, what does she bring to the table, man,” Carter wrote in response to an article about her postgame press conference.

In a separate post on Threads, Carter also responded to the clip of Reese celebrating the serious foul on Clark during a timeout, saying: “My fasho buddy, caught all my teammates.

Caitlin Clark fights for loose ball

The Indiana Fever's Caitlin Clark, left, and the New York Liberty's Kayla Thornton fight for a loose ball during the first half at the Barclays Center in New York on June 2, 2024. (Luke Hales/Getty Images)

While the league called Carter's misconduct egregious, it also fined Reese $1,000 for skipping his postgame press conference. The Sky was also fined $5,000.

Clark was asked about Carter's foul after the game and she responded: “I didn't expect it. It is what it is. It's a physical game. Go make the free throw and execute on offense, and I feel like it’s a bit like that.” what we have done.”

While Clark took the high road, his general manager, Lin Dunn, and head coach Christie Sides voiced their opinions.

“There is a difference between tough defense and useless targeting actions!” Dunn wrote in an article on

Sides added: “I'm trying not to get fined. I'm just going to keep sending these goods to the league and these games. Hopefully they start to… take a better look at some of the things that we're seeing happen. or we think it is happening.

Caitlin Clark frustrated

Caitlin Clark of the Indiana Fever is shown in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Sky at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on June 1, 2024. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Clark fans appear to be lashing out at Carter on social media, singling her out for what happened on the floor, even though it appears they both had words before the hip check . But Carter also posted on his Instagram story saying, “I'd rather you hate me than (sic) love me and I'm telling my deceased aunt that.” She started by saying “I grew up with all brothers”, so she loves “hate more than love”.

Carter also suggested that Clark failed on the play, making the hip check look worse than it was.

Either way, Clark knows she has a target on her back, and subsequently, the Fever, who enters her rookie season as she generates tons of hype and new viewers for the WNBA after his illustrious college career at Iowa.

What really matters is how she responds to “welcome to the show” moments like Saturday's, but that wasn't her best back-to-back performance against the Liberty.

Caitlin Clark exasperated on the field

Caitlin Clark of the Indiana Fever is shown during the first quarter against the New York Liberty at the Barclays Center in New York on June 2, 2024. (Luke Hales/Getty Images)


Despite the Fever's poor start to the season (2-9), Clark is the second player in WNBA history to total at least 100 points, 50 rebounds and 50 assists in his first 10 games, joining Ionescu in this feat. She did so after putting up 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists in the win over Chicago.

Ryan Gaydos of Fox News contributed to this report.

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