Caitlin Clark turnovers: Fever star gets ‘welcome to WNBA’ moment, flirts with wrong history in debut

Creativity comes at a cost in the WNBA.

To be a lead playmaker is to put yourself in position to make mistakes. And even the league’s most gifted creators can fumble the ball, especially when firing off arrows to a ravenous defense.

For Fever first-year guard Caitlin Clark, such matchups could prove daunting. That’s not because the 22-year-old doesn’t have the talent to succeed at the next level — she most certainly does. But the quality of athletes and of defensive scheme at the professional level is better than she’s ever seen.

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Couple that with being handed the keys to an Indiana offense that was stagnant at times in 2023, and Clark’s performance in her debut — in which she coughed the ball up with regularity — could be par for the course in her early-career calendar.

Most single-game turnovers in WNBA history

Clark surrendered 10 turnovers against the formidable defense of the Connecticut Sun in a 92-71 loss to open her rookie season
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With the display, Clark made some unwanted WNBA history: She tied for the eighth-most turnovers accrued in a single game in WNBA history.

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She also broke the record for turnovers in a WNBA regular-season debut and broke the Fever’s franchise record for turnovers in a single game, per ESPN’s Alexa Philippou.

Even though Clark scored 20 points, her WNBA debut was far from a classic performance. The former Iowa star struggled under the watchful eye of Connecticut’s DiJonai Carrington.

Still, there’s some good news for those in the Clark camp. The list of players to record double-digit turnovers in a single WNBA game features plenty of stars, including an MVP, a Hall of Famer and countless All-Stars.

Rank Player Turnovers Team Year
1 Kristi Tolliver 14 Sparks 2015
T2 Angel McCoughtry 11 Dream 2014
  Crystal Langhorne 11 Mystics 2011
  Diana Taurasi 11 Mercury 2010
  Betty Lennox 11 Lynx 2000
  Chamique Holdsclaw 11 Mystics 1999
  Michelle Edwards 11 Rockers 1997
T8 Caitlin Clark 10 Fever 2024
  Courtney Williams 10 Dream 2020
  Tiffany Jackson-Jones 10 Shock 2011
  DeMya Walker 10 Monarchs 2006
  Becky Hammon 10 Liberty 2004
  Nikki McCray 10 Mystics 1998

Caitlin Clark WNBA debut stats

Stat Total
Points 20
Rebounds 0
Assists 3
Steals 2
Blocks 0
Turnovers 10
Fouls 4
FG % (FGM/FGA) 33.3 (5/15)
3-point % (FMG/FGA) 36.36 (4/11)
Free throw % (FTM/FTA) 100.0 (6/6)

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