WNBA Upgrades Foul on Caitlin Clark by Chennedy Carter, Fines Angel Reese for No Postgame Interview

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Fever secured a narrow 71-70 victory over the Chicago Sky at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, marking their first home win of the season. Despite shooting struggles, the Fever’s improved defensive effort played a crucial role in overcoming the Sky.

Reserve Chennedy Carter led the Sky with 19 points but drew attention for a controversial play against Caitlin Clark. The WNBA upgraded Carter’s foul to a flagrant-1 violation after reviewing the incident post-game. Additionally, Sky forward Angel Reese was fined $1,000 for failing to participate in a postgame interview, leading to a $5,000 fine for Chicago for not complying with media policies.

The league is taking a closer look at flagrant fouls and player conduct, with the potential for fines or suspensions based on the severity of the violations. While Carter’s actions were deemed unacceptable by many, Clark remained composed and focused on the game.

Despite the physical play, Clark’s performance was commendable, contributing 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. The game also marked the debut of Kamilla Cardoso, the Sky’s third pick, who showcased her skills after recovering from a preseason injury.

The intense matchup between former college rivals Clark and Cardoso highlighted the growth and interest in women’s basketball. The Fever’s packed schedule continues with a game against New York, emphasizing the team’s resilience and determination to succeed.

Overall, the game was a testament to the competitive spirit and talent present in the WNBA, showcasing the dedication of players like Clark and the promising future of the league.

AP News Writer Doug Feinberg contributed to this report.

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