How Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese, others’ pro starts stack up

Her 29-foot three-pointer with 40.1 seconds left gave Indiana a five-point lead, 76-71, in an eventual 78-73 win. Clark finished 2-of-9 from deep, giving her 16 threes through her first six WNBA games. 

Per Across The Timeline, that’s the fourth-most in league history, behind Ruthie Bolton (23), Rhyne Howard (22) and teammate Kelsey Mitchell (20).

Clark finished her first WNBA win with 11 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals, becoming the first rookie and just the fourth player all-time to achieve those stats in a single game, joining Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings and Alyssa Thomas.

Sparks forward Cameron Brink

Key stat: Blocks

The three-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year has excelled on that end of the floor with the Sparks. 

Her 13 blocks are the most through a player’s first four games since 2008 (LaToya Sanders) and tied for the second-most in WNBA history. Brink’s added six steals, and her 19 “stocks,” a combination of steals and blocks, through four games trail only Catchings (24) and Candace Parker (20).

Sparks forward Rickea Jackson

Key stat: Shooting percentage

L.A.’s other first-round pick has been just as thrilling to watch and had a stellar performance off the bench against the Fever. 

Jackson, a two-time All-SEC First Team member, finished with 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including a 2-of-2 mark from beyond the arc, in the loss. She’s averaging 11.3 points for the second unit this season and has done so on outstanding efficiency. 

Among rookies with at least 45 points in the first four games, her shooting percentage (54.8 percent) ranks 13th all-time.

Sky forward Angel Reese

Key stat: Offensive rebounds

With a shoulder injury sidelining teammate Kamilla Cardoso, the spotlight has firmly been on Reese in Chicago, and the 2023 NCAA champion has delivered. 

Her 12 offensive rebounds through her first two games are the most in league history. Reese added three more in Thursday’s upset win over the Liberty, putting her behind Yolanda Griffith, and in a tie with Natalie Williams, for most boards on the offensive glass in a player’s first three games. 

Reese also has bragging rights among her elite rookie peers as the only one on a team with a winning record.

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