Caitlin Clark notches historic efficiency, places herself in uncommon WNBA territory

It has been a tough go currently for Caitlin Clark, however maybe Friday evening is strictly what she wanted.

The rookie phenom tied her career-high of 30 factors on Friday evening and helped her Indiana Fever get an 85-83 win over the Washington Mystics.

Clark tied a WNBA rookie document with seven three-pointers, becoming a member of Crystal Robinson as the one gamers to make that many pictures from behind the arc of their first 12 months within the league.

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Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever celebrates after scoring within the third quarter towards the Washington Mystics at Capital One Area on June 07, 2024 in Washington, DC. (Greg Fiume/Getty Photos)

Her seven 3s have been additionally essentially the most in a sport in Fever historical past, breaking Tamika Catchings’ document of six in 2002.

Clark additionally grabbed eight rebounds and handed out six assists, becoming a member of New York Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu as the one rookies to place up a 30-5-5 line in a contest within the historical past of the WNBA.

The Mystics had an opportunity to win the sport with 1.4 seconds left, however could not get a shot off in time, securing the victory for Indiana.

Clark has had one different 30-point sport within the WNBA — a loss to Los Angeles on Might 28. She hadn’t made greater than 4 3s in a sport and had shot over 50% from the sphere solely as soon as. On Friday, she was 8-for-15.

Caitlin Clark high five

Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever high-fives teammates in the course of the sport towards the Washington Mystics throughout a 2024 Commissioner’s Cup sport on June 7, 2024, at Capital One Area in Washington, DC. (Kenny Giarla/NBAE through Getty Photos)

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Turnovers have been nonetheless a difficulty for Clark, although, as she dedicated eight — she’s had 5 or extra in eight video games thus far.

However, with the stress mounting, Clark will take the spectacular efficiency parlayed with an enormous victory.

It was the Fever’s third win of the season (3-9), whereas the Mystics are actually winless in 11 video games this 12 months.

Caitlin Clark silencing crowd

Head coach Christie Sides and Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever have a good time after an 85-83 victory towards the Washington Mystics at Capital One Area on June 07, 2024, in Washington, DC.  (Greg Fiume/Getty Photos)

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The introduced attendance was 20,233.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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