Fever Narrowly Lose; Play Again Friday

INDIANAPOLIS– In that unusual Wednesday midday WNBA game, rookie Caitlin Clark may have played the best game of her pro career so far, but it wasn’t enough.

Her Indiana Fever still couldn’t muster up a victory, losing to the Washington Mystics, 89-84.  Clark scored 29 points, dished off 13 assists, stole the ball 5 times, pulled down 5 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots in the loss.  In doing all that, she became the first WNBA player to tally at least 25 points, 10 assists, 5 boards, 5 steals, and 3 blocks in the same game.

She fell just 2 blocked shots shy of joining Candace Parker as the only WNBA players to ever have a “5 by 5” game, with at least 5 of each of those stats.  Washington led throughout the first 3 quarters and was up 21 points entering the 4th, but the Fever almost rallied enough to come all the way back…  they outscored the Mystics 29-13 in the 4th quarter, but that just wasn’t quite enough.  Again, it was a 5-point loss.  Following that unusual midday, midweek contest, the Fever next plays Friday night, hosting the Phoenix Mercury.