Caitlin Clark WNBA preseason debut final score, results: Arike Ogunbowale’s game-winner spoils Fever rookie’s debut

Caitlin Clark lived up to the high expectations in her WNBA preseason debut, but it was Arike Ogunbowale who stole the show late with a game-winning 3-pointer.

Ogunbowale, who scored 19 points, made her first 3-pointer of the evening to give the Wings the 79-76 lead with three seconds remaining. Ogunbowale was fifth with 21.2 points per game during the 2023 WNBA season.

Despite the loss, Clark impressed as she finished with 21 points on 6-of-15 shooting, including five 3-pointers. She hit her patented step-back 3s with ease to open the game.

Clark and Aliyah Boston connected a few times throughout the game, teasing how strong of a duo those two can be. Clark did, however, struggle with fouls and turnovers in her taste of WNBA action. She picked up her fourth foul in the third quarter and finished the game with five turnovers.

Clark had an opportunity to tie the game at the buzzer, but her shot didn’t fall. NaLyssa Smith scored 20 and Erica Wheeler had 16 points for the Fever.

Jaelyn Brown was a huge factor for the Wings as she scored 21, tying Clark for the most in the contest. Brown, a rookie, shot 7-of-15 from the field, including 3 3-pointers.

Clark and the Fever host the Atlanta Dream on Thursday, May 9 for their second and final preseason game.

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Fever vs. Wings score

  1 2 3 4 F
Indiana Fever 23 25 14 14 76
Dallas Wings 26 14 20 19 79

Fever vs. Wings updates, highlights from WNBA preseason opener

(All times Eastern)

Final score: Dallas Wings 79, Indiana Fever 76

10:10 p.m.: Clark gets the ball but her shot doesn’t fall, and the Wings hold on to victory.

10:08 p.m.: MY GOODNESS, Ogunbowale! She crosses up Lexie Hull and hits the 3-pointer to put Dallas up 79-76 with 3 seconds remaining. Fever have the ball out of the timeout.

10:05 p.m.: Dallas will have the opportunity to win the game with 24.7 seconds remaining. The game is tied 76-76 after the Fever commit a shot clock violation.

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10:02 p.m.: Arike Ogunbowale hits a tough fadeaway shot to tie the game!

10:01 p.m.: Clark gives the Fever a two-point lead on the next possession via free throws.

10:00 p.m.: Jaelyn Brown ties the game at 74-74 with two free throws with 1:26 remaining. She’s up to 21 points.

9:54 p.m.: Natasha Howard hits another key 3-pointer to cut the deficit to just two points. Indiana leads 72-70 with under three minutes to play.

9:48 p.m.: The Clark-Boston pick and roll has been showcased a handful of times tonight. Boston just scored her eighth point via Clark’s second assist of the game.

9:46 p.m.: Clark hits her fifth 3-pointer as the Fever take a 67-65 lead.

9:41 p.m.: Wings call timeout with just under six minutes to play, as the score remains 65-64 in favor of Dallas.

9:37 p.m.: Howard gives the Wings the lead! She knocks down a 3-pointer to put Dallas up 65-64 with just over eight minutes remaining.

End of third quarter: Indiana Fever 62, Dallas Wings 60

9:27 p.m.: Dallas has tied up the game twice late in the third quarter, only for the Fever to retake the lead.

9:20 p.m.: Jaelyn Brown is putting on quite the performance with yet another 3-pointer. She’s up to 15 points as the Wings trail 54-53.

9:19 p.m.: Clark picks up her fourth personal foul with 4:50 left in the third quarter. She goes to the bench.

9:14 p.m.: Howard with a pretty pass to find Kalani Brown for an easy layup. Dallas is gaining momentum, now trailing 54-50 about midway through the third.

9:09 p.m.: Wheeler kicks off the second half scoring to put Indiana up 50-40.

Halftime: Indiana Fever 48, Dallas Wings 40

8:51 p.m.: Clark ends the first half with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including four 3-pointers. Smith has 10 and Wheeler has nine points for the Fever. Brown leads the Wings with 10 points in her debut.

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8:42 p.m.: Jacy Sheldon ends the Fever’s 9-0 run with her second 3-pointer of the night. Wings trail 42-36 with 2:24 left in the half.

8:41 p.m.: NaLyssa Smith’s tough up-and-under and-1 layup puts the Fever up 40-33 as Indiana is on a 7-0 run.

8:33 p.m.: That’s another 3 for Clark as she drains the shot with Natasha Howard guarding her closely. She’s up to 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting in the first half.

8:32 p.m.: The Fever retake the lead off a Temi Fagbenle 3-pointer. Wheeler’s layup then puts Indiana up 30-27.

8:30 p.m.: Aliyah Boston, the reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year, gets her first bucket off an offensive rebound.

End of first quarter: Dallas Wings 26, Indiana Fever 23

8:25 p.m.: Maddy Siegrist finishes the first quarter with two free throws, a block and a backdoor layup as the Wings lead 26-23.

8:22 p.m.: And-1! Erica Wheeler finishes the old-fashioned three-point play with a fastbreak layup. Her free throw puts the Fever up 23-22.

8:19 p.m.: Sheldon gets her first 3-pointer of her career and it gives Dallas the 20-19 lead with just over two minutes left.

8:18 p.m.: Clark goes to the bench with 2:27 remaining in the first quarter. She’s up to 11 points as the Fever lead 19-17.

8:15 p.m.: Along with Clark and Brown, Jacy Sheldon, the No. 5 pick of the 2024 WNBA Draft, is also making her debut and is guarding Clark.

8:13 p.m.: Brown is impressing in her debut, too. She knocks down back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the deficit to five points.

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8:09 p.m.: My goodness, Clark hasn’t missed a beat so far. A quick crossover into a 3-pointer puts the Fever up 14-3 with 6:41 remaining in the first quarter.

8:08 p.m.: Dallas Wings rookie Jaelyn Brown also knocks down her first WNBA points on a jumper.

8:05 p.m.: Doesn’t take long for Clark to knock down her first field goal, and naturally it’s a 28-foot 3-pointer from the left wing.

8:03 p.m.: Game is underway! Indiana wins the tip.

7:50 p.m.: Just 10 minutes until tip-off. Stay tuned for live updates from the game. 

6:59 p.m.: Here’s a first look at Clark warming up for her WNBA preseason debut:

6:19 p.m.: Under two hours until Caitlin Clark makes her WNBA preseason debut.

Here are Clark and Erica Wheeler’s pregame fits:

Fever vs. Wings starting time

  • Date: Friday, May 3
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Live stream: Sling

Caitlin Clark will make her WNBA preseason debut at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, May 3, as the Fever take on the Wings. Fans can stream the game on Sling.

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Indiana Fever preseason schedule

Date Game Time (ET) TV/Livestream
May 3 Indiana Fever at Dallas Wings 8 p.m. Sling
May 9 Atlanta Dream at Indiana Fever 7 p.m. Sling

Indiana Fever regular-season schedule

Date Game Time (ET) TV/Livestream
May 14 Indiana Fever at Connecticut Sun 7:30 p.m. ESPN2, TSN, Sling
May 16 New York Liberty at Indiana Fever 7 p.m. Amazon Prime, Sling
May 18 Indiana Fever at New York Liberty 1 p.m. ABC, Sling
May 20 Connecticut Sun at Indiana Fever 7 p.m. ESPN, TSN, Sling
May 22 Indiana Fever at Seattle Storm 10 p.m. Sling


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