Caitlin Clark’s hard life in the WNBA: defeats, rivals’ anger and racism

Caitlin Clark was going to revolutionize the WNBA. In media and economic terms, it may be. In fact, the Indiana Fever have already surpassed the total attendance at their home games last season: from 81,336 spectators in an entire season to 82,857 in just five games. However, in what happens on the field, it is costing him. The number 1 of the last draft is going through a tough process of adaptation to the professional league, with bad shooting percentages, exhaustion and as the center of the anger of some rivals who try to bully the newbie.

After dazzling with the University of Iowa, with which she became the highest-scoring person in NCAA history, Clark was expected to make an immediate impact in the WNBA. It is not being like that. The base 22 years old and 1.83 meters suffers during meetings. As an example, his performance in the very tough defeat against the runners-up New York Liberty by 104-68: he made three points with 1/10 in field goals, including 1/7 triples.

The prodigious base is averaging 15.6 points per game, 5.1 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 5.4 turnovers in 33 minutes. She is the fourth best passer, but leads WNBA in turnovers. She has made 27 triples, only behind the 31 of the legendary Diana Taurasi, but Her success rate is only 29.7%, which places her in 44th place..

He has played 11 games in 20 days, more than anyone else

Clark is suffering the physical rigors of the League. The Fever are penultimate with a scale of 2-9. Only the Washington Mystics, who have not yet won (0-8), are worse. But Indiana has had the toughest schedule at the start of the season. In the 20 days of competition they have played more games than anyone else. They have 11 for the only six that Las Vegas Aces have played, current champions. Some very unbalanced agendas.

The rookie, furthermore, is the focus of rivals’ provocations. There have been several games in which the defenses have been too hard on her or aggression has been bordered on without the ball in cheery actions from the players on the bench. Trying to get her out of her box seems not one of the goals of the teams facing her. “Calm down and let your game do the talking. Don’t let them get into your head. I feel like they’re beating me.”. “I know they’re going to hit me hard in every game, but I’m trying not to let it bother me,” he says. Clark, who has already received three techniquestwo for protesting the referees and another for a confrontation with Victoria Vivians, of the Seattle Storm.

Attacks without the ball

Recently, in a match against the Chicago Sky, Clark received a clear push without the ball from Chennedy Carter, who also insulted the rookie. The WNBA, after reviewing the video of the match, announced that it was increasing the controversial action to flagrante 1. From her team, Lin Dunn, the general manager, considered that “there is a difference between a tough defense and unnecessary actions”. And she complained on social networks: “It has to stop! The League needs to clean up this trash! That’s not what this League is!!”.

Coach Christie Sides He bit his tongue recently when evaluating the harshness with which they are used against his player. “I’m trying not to get fined,” she said before stating that “we’ll continue to send plays to the League and hopefully they’ll start to better analyze some of the things we see. I’m happy Caitlin handled it the way she did. It’s hard to take hits and not be rewarded with free throws.

His star is at the epicenter of a controversy in which Some even see racist overtones on the part of some of their rivals, most of them African-American.. However, with Sabrina Ionescu, a white point guard and Liberty star who also landed in the WNBA as a future star, nothing similar happened. Clark is paying the toll for the player who is called to change the WNBA. For now she is encountering many adversities..


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