Caitlin Clark nets double-double, sets new career high in Fever’s third straight win

INDIANAPOLIS — Kelsey Mitchell and Aliyah Boston scored 22 points apiece, Caitlin Clark had her second career double-double and the Indiana Fever won their third-straight game with an 88-81 victory over the Washington Mystics on Wednesday night.

Clark had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds plus six assists and four steals for the Fever (5-10). She also had six turnovers.

NaLyssa Smith added 11 points and Erica Wheeler had nine points off the bench in a big second half.

Indiana, which has won five of seven has its first four-game winning streak at home since August of 2015.

Caitlin Clark has 18 points and 12 rebounds in the Fever's win over the Mystics on Wednesday night.
Caitlin Clark had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the Fever’s win over the Mystics on Wednesday night.Getty Images


Ariel Atkins had 27 points to lead the Mystics (2-12), who were missing injured starters Brittney Sykes and Shakira Austin. Karlie Samuelson had 16 points and Stephanie Dolson 14.

Down nine entering the fourth quarter, Washington started with a 9-2 run, pulling within 70-68 on a three-point play by Emily Engstler with seven minutes to go.

Wheeler quickly answered with a jumper, Clark had a steal that led to Wheeler feeding Mitchell for a layup and then Clark hit a 3 off a Wheeler assist to make it 77-68 with 5:05 left.

Aaliyah Edwards of the Washington Mystics drives against Caitlin Clark of the Indiana Fever on Wednesday.
Aaliyah Edwards of the Washington Mystics drives against Caitlin Clark of the Indiana Fever on Wednesday.Getty Images
Wheeler’s pullup at 3:25 pushed the lead to 82-71. Clark’s two free throws with 12 seconds remaining wrapped it up.

Indiana never trailed but was never up by more than seven in the first half before settling for a 46-53 lead at the break.

The Fever shot 55 percent and Smith, Mitchell and Boston were all in double figures with Clark adding nine with eight rebounds.

Indiana Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell (0) rushes up the court against Washington Mystics guard Karlie Samuelson
Indiana Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell rushes up the court against Washington Mystics guard Karlie Samuelson.Brett Phelps/IndyStar / USA TODAY NETWORK

What do you think? Post a comment.

Atkins had 15 and Samuelson 13 for the Mystics, who were 0 for 8 from 3-point range in the first quarter and then drilled six in the second. They finished with 11 on 34 attempts (32%).

It was more of the same in the third quarter until Boston hit a rare and late 3-pointer — her fourth of the season — that pushed the lead to nine. The Fever, who had 10 free throws in the first half, had 11 in the third quarter, helping them to a 68-59 lead.