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Caitlin Clark vs. Angel Reese Battle Hyped by WNBA Followers as Fever Upset Cardoso, Sky

Mike Chiari @@mikechiari Featured Columnist IV June 1, 2024 Andy Lyons/Getty Images After battling in high-stakes games on multiple occasions in college, Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese clashed for the first time in the WNBA on Saturday. In the opening game of the 2024 Commissioner’s Cup, Clark’s Indiana Fever took down Reese’s Chicago Sky 71-70.

Caitlin Clark vs. Angel Reese Battle Hyped by WNBA Followers as Fever Upset Cardoso, Sky

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariX.com LogoFeatured Columnist IVJune 1, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JUNE 01: Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever battles for position against Angel Reese #5 of the Chicago Sky during the second quarter in the game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on June 01, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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After battling in high-stakes video games on a number of events in school, Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese clashed for the primary time within the WNBA on Saturday.

Within the opening recreation of the 2024 Commissioner’s Cup, Clark’s Indiana Fever took down Reese’s Chicago Sky 71-70.

Reese led LSU to a win over Clark and Iowa within the 2023 NCAA Nationwide Championship Recreation, however Clark and the Hawkeyes acquired revenge on this yr’s Elite Eight by beating Reese and the Tigers. Due to the high-profile nature of their rivalry, a big crowd was readily available Saturday on the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis to see Clark and Reese:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

The gang to see Caitlin Clark vs. Angel Reese 😳

(through @nemchocke) pic.twitter.com/dI19SUgPbB

Indiana made Clark the No. 1 total decide within the 2024 WNBA draft after she received back-to-back Nationwide Participant of the Yr awards in school, whereas the Sky used the seventh total decide within the 2024 WNBA draft on the 2023 NCAA Event Most Excellent Participant in Reese.

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Clark, Reese and the remainder of the 2024 rookie class have helped revitalize the WNBA early this season, and followers made their pleasure identified for Clark vs. Reese on social media:

Pinto @pintoneous

Not me sitting right here and watching #reese #cardoso and #clark on a Saturday afternoon. These rookies are so enjoyable to look at #wnba

JAYBANGZZ @jaybangzz_

Clark v Angel Reese at present 🔥

Lean 🌍 @DimitriSudadera

Angel Reese vs. Caitlin Clark rebirthed the WNBA

Movement @queenxcass

Angel Reese & Caitlin Clark are taking part in laborious! I am actually a fan of each girls tbh 🏀🏀🏀

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Phillip✨ loyal to the Shōgun @xialingsfling

Caitlin Clark doing her factor, Angel Reese doing her factor, shut recreation, I find it irresistible right here

Marc Lamont Hill @marclamonthill

This Chicago Indiana recreation is sweet. Angel Reese actually is a wonderful rebounder. Her motor is loopy. Caitlin Clark is taking part in higher than her stat line….Her shot is not falling however her playmaking has been very strong, even when her teammates are lacking bunnies.

siIencedonce ✭ @siIencedonce

angel reese vs caitlin clark will FEED generations

Whereas the Fever have been struggling mightily coming into Saturday’s recreation with a 1-8 document on the season, Clark has produced effectively individually. Nevertheless, Saturday proved to be one in every of her worst video games as a professional to this point.

Clark completed with 11 factors on 4-of-11 capturing to associate with eight rebounds and 6 assists, however each her three-point capturing skill and pinpoint passing have been on full show at occasions:

Indiana Fever @IndianaFever

Caitlin Clark for 3!

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it is gametime on @espn pic.twitter.com/gsSIPWOhqS

Indiana Fever @IndianaFever

one other one 👏

Caitlin Clark drains the triple. pic.twitter.com/nndlhYog7d

Indiana Fever @IndianaFever

“My goodness, the move from Clark!”

Caitlin Clark with the dime to Katie Lou Samuelson for the layup. pic.twitter.com/wyyvj8t9Q4

WNBA @WNBA

Caitlin Clark with the FULL-COURT DIME to Kristy Wallace for the and-1 🤝

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📺 ESPN | WNBA Commissioner’s Cup introduced by @coinbase pic.twitter.com/pUQGmbW8RU

Reese had some capturing woes within the loss, recording eight factors on 2-of-9 capturing, plus 13 rebounds for a Sky workforce that dropped to 3-4:

WNBA @WNBA

Makin’ it look straightforward ✨

Angel Reese makes it a 2-PT recreation heading into halftime on ESPN!

WNBA Commissioner’s Cup introduced by @coinbase pic.twitter.com/X6MecHtbrz

Though a lot is usually made about Clark and Reese being rivals relationship again to Reese doing the “you’ll be able to’t see me” hand gesture to Clark and pointing to her ring finger throughout LSU’s nationwide title win over Iowa in 2023, there may be seemingly no ailing will between them.

Previous to the sport, Clark praised Reese, and Reese mentioned the satisfaction she has for a way the whole 2024 WNBA rookie class has carried out to this point:

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Julia Poe @byjuliapoe

Caitlin Clark had excessive reward for Angel Reese and Kamilla Cardoso forward of at present’s recreation.

“(Angel) has been so dominant at what she does ever since we performed in highschool.”

“Kamilla is simply scratching the floor of her potential.” pic.twitter.com/ur1dBNA93f

Julia Poe @byjuliapoe

Angel Reese on how the 2024 rookie class — from Caitlin Clark to herself — is translating to the WNBA: “All of us really feel the strain as a result of everyone’s coming at us. … I am actually happy with all of us.” pic.twitter.com/qy2FxKUTkA

The overwhelming majority of the main target coming into and through Saturday’s recreation was on Clark vs. Reese, however it additionally featured a gathering between former College of South Carolina teammates Kamilla Cardoso and Aliyah Boston, who received a nationwide title collectively in 2022.

Cardoso, who went third total within the 2024 WNBA draft, made her league debut Saturday after coming back from a shoulder damage. She impressed with 11 factors and 6 boards in simply 18 minutes off the bench.

Boston, who was the No. 1 total decide within the 2023 WNBA draft and the 2023 WNBA Rookie of the Yr, produced to the tune of 10 factors and eight rebounds.

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After successful their second recreation of the season, Clark and the Fever will look to maintain the constructive momentum going Sunday once they face the New York Liberty on the street.

In the meantime, Reese and the Sky will try to bounce again Tuesday once they host the Liberty.

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