Christie Sides Blames Caitlin Clark & Teammate For Loss Against Aces…

The Aces moved their game against the Fever from the 12,000-seater Michelob Ultra Arena to the larger T-Mobile Arena to meet ticket demand. The attendance of 20,366 is only 308 short of the WNBA record set in 1999 between the Washington Mystics and the Cleveland Rockers. The Aces’ previous attendance record was 17,406 when they played the Phoenix Mercury on 10thSeptember 2023, which was also at T-Mobile Arena.

Defending champions the Aces have become the first WNBA side in history to sell out all their regular season home games and this latest milestone marks another record for the league in 2024, having already delivered bumper attendances and viewership.

Indeed, Clark’s star power in her first professional season with the Fever has seen the 22-year-old be part of two games which have eclipsed 20,000 in attendance. There have been eight games in the history of the WNBA that have drawn crowds of at least 20,000.

Speaking to reporters before Indiana’s game against the Phoenix Mercury, Sides said that she has advised the star guard to look for more openings to shoot the ball. 

‘We talked a few –– in the game the other night she had a couple passes that she made, that she probably should’ve not made, and been more looking to shoot in those moments. So just trying to balance that with her… a couple more.’

Across 38 minutes of game time in the 89-77 loss to the Seattle Storm, Clark went 4-for-9 from the field and 3-for-7 from 3-point range.

She finished the night with 15 points, six rebounds, and seven assists as she co-led the team in points.

Nobody gives me advice in game. I wish,’ she admitted. 

Advising Clark to take more shots could have adverse effects on her shooting percentage. 

Currently, Clark is shooting 40 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from beyond the arc. She averages 12.2 shots per game, good for 20th most in the league and second most on the team.

As of Sunday afternoon, Clark is the second-highest scorer on the Fever – just 0.1 points a game behind teammate Kelsey Mitchell. That’s good for 16th leaguewide.

On Sunday, Clark will take on Diana Taurasi and the Mercury in a long-anticipated matchup. 

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