Caitlin Clark Earns ‘Knockdown Shooter’ Praise from Breanna Stewart Despite Fever’s Loss to Liberty

In a battle of rising star rookies, Caitlin Clark dazzled but ultimately came up short against Breanna Stewart and the formidable New York Liberty. After Clark’s Indiana Fever fell 91-80 on Saturday, Stewart paid the No. 1 draft pick a striking compliment.

“Knockdown shooter,” the 2018 WNBA MVP stated bluntly when asked about Clark’s game by reporters. Stewart’s terse yet telling assessment captured the scoring brilliance Clark has already displayed in her young professional career.

The former Iowa star poured in 22 points against the Liberty, burying 53% of her field goals and 40% of her three-point attempts. She also stuffed the stat sheet with 6 rebounds and 8 assists in a losing effort.

Though Clark shined, she couldn’t outshine Stewart’s 24-point, 5-rebound masterpiece that powered New York’s victory. Still, the veteran marveled at the rookie’s instant impact.

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“As the number one pick in the draft, all players will focus on her as the top pick,” Stewart remarked respectfully. “All respect.”

New York sports anchor Tina Cervasio highlighted Stewart’s succinct acclaim on social media:

“Breanna Stewart on Caitlin Clark: ‘Knockdown shooter…as the #1 pick in the draft all players will focus on her as the top pick…all respect!'”

While the Fever seek their first win, Clark is rapidly earning reverence through her prolific scoring punch. The 22-year-old phenom will get another chance to topple Stewart and the Liberty on June 2nd in their third meeting already this season.

Rookies often endure growing pains, but Clark is making an immediate impact unlike any other WNBA newcomer. If her hot start continues, the “knockdown shooter” may prove unguardable.

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