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Caitlin Clark becomes fastest in WNBA history to 200 points, 75 rebounds, 75 assists

FaceProfileby:Thomas Goldkamp06/16/24

Caitlin Clark might be having an adjustment period to the WNBA, but she appears to be figuring out the learning curve rather quickly. To the point that she’s doing some unprecedented things … already.

With a game on Sunday against the Chicago Sky, Clark put together a tremendous all-around performance, scoring 23 points, dishing out nine assists and recording eight rebounds.

That put Clark above 200 points and above 75 rebounds and 75 assists for her career. She becomes the fastest player in WNBA history to achieve that feat, doing it in just 15 games played.

On the season, Caitlin Clark is averaging 16.1 points, 6.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.

She has also been the subject of unending critique and scrutiny, something that has undoubtedly made her transition to the WNBA more difficult. But to some degree, the scrutiny is likely beneficial for the game.

In particular, Clark’s growing rivalry with the Sky’s Angel Reese, a former LSU standout, seems to be just what the doctor ordered for the WNBA.

In Sunday’s game, Reese delivered a hard foul to Clark that was deemed a flagrant 1. After the game, Reese seemed to take an offhand shot at Caitlin Clark and the kind of calls she gets from the officials.

“For inside, I think we were playing really hard. I think we went up strong a lot of times and we didn’t get a lot of calls,” Reese said. “Going back and looking at the film, I’ve seen a lot of calls that weren’t made. I guess some people got a special whistle.

“I’m still proud of Kamilla [Cardoso] going out and still getting a double-double. That’s something y’all are not going to be able to stop, regardless of the referees. We’re here for a while. We’re not going to be denied, no matter what you guys try to do. But, our goal is to win and we’re going to do whatever it takes to win.”

Angel Reese, Caitlin Clark growing the game

Both Clark and Reese have attracted their own fans, with the WNBA consistently setting viewership records since their arrival.

Though she has a markedly different style from Clark, Reese makes no apologies for how she carries herself, particularly if it’s benefiting the sport.

“People are pulling up to games,” Reese said earlier this month. “We got celebrities coming to games, sold out arenas, just because of one single game. And just look at that. I’ll take that role. I’ll take the bad guy role. And I’ll continue to take that on and be that villain for my teammates.

“If I wanna be that, I know I’ll go down in history. I’ll look back in 20 years like the reason why we’re watching women’s basketball is not just because of one person. It’s because of me too. I want y’all to realize that.”