Caitlin Clark notches historic performance, puts herself in rare WNBA territory

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It’s been a rough go lately for Caitlin Clark, but perhaps Friday night is exactly what she needed.

The rookie phenom tied her career-high of 30 points on Friday night and helped her Indiana Fever get an 85-83 win over the Washington Mystics.

Clark tied a WNBA rookie record with seven three-pointers, joining Crystal Robinson as the only players to make that many shots from behind the arc in their first year in the league.

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Caitlin Clark hyped up

Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever celebrates after scoring in the third quarter against the Washington Mystics at Capital One Arena on June 07, 2024 in Washington, DC. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Her seven 3s were also the most in a game in Fever history, breaking Tamika Catchings’ record of six in 2002.

Clark also grabbed eight rebounds and handed out six assists, joining New York Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu as the only rookies to put up a 30-5-5 line in a contest in the history of the WNBA.

The Mystics had a chance to win the game with 1.4 seconds left, but couldn’t get a shot off in time, securing the victory for Indiana.

Clark has had one other 30-point game in the WNBA — a loss to Los Angeles on May 28. She hadn’t made more than four 3s in a game and had shot over 50% from the field only once. On Friday, she was 8-for-15.

Caitlin Clark high five

Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever high-fives teammates during the game against the Washington Mystics during a 2024 Commissioner’s Cup game on June 7, 2024, at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. (Kenny Giarla/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Turnovers were still an issue for Clark, though, as she committed eight — she’s had five or more in eight games so far.

But, with the pressure mounting, Clark will take the impressive performance parlayed with a huge victory.

It was the Fever’s third win of the season (3-9), while the Mystics are now winless in 11 games this year.

Caitlin Clark silencing crowd

Head coach Christie Sides and Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever celebrate after an 85-83 victory against the Washington Mystics at Capital One Arena on June 07, 2024, in Washington, DC.  (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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The announced attendance was 20,233.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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