UNCASVILLE, CONN. – In front of a sold out Mohegan Sun Arena on Tuesday evening, the Indiana Fever dropped its regular season opener, 92-71, against the Connecticut Sun.

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark capped her regular season debut with 20 points and three assists in more than 32 minutes of playing time. Clark’s 20 points was the second most points scored by a Fever player in a rookie debut only behind Tamika Catchings, who tallied 23 points in her first WNBA game. Clark finished the night 5-of-15 from the floor, 4-of-11 from beyond the arc, but a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

Fever forward NaLyssa Smith was the only other Fever player to score in double figures with 13 points and a team-best nine rebounds. Tuesday night was Smith’s 50th game scoring at least 10 points in what was in her 64th career game played. Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell came off the bench to finish with eight points and one assist. Fever guard Erica Wheeler ended the night 3-of-3 shooting to go along with eight points and two assists.

For Connecticut, five Sun players scored in double figures. Sun forward Alyssa Thomas recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Sun forward DeWanna Bonner became the WNBA’s fifth all-time leading scorer on Tuesday, passing Candice Dupree and led the Sun with 20 points. Guards DiJonai Carrington and Tyasha Harris both posted 16 points for the Sun backcourt. Sun guard Rachel Banham added 10 points off the bench.


Indiana opens up the regular season home schedule on Thursday against the New York Liberty at 7 p.m. ET on WTHR Channel 13 and Prime Video.