June 3, 2024 

Locked On Women’s Basketball: All the noise surrounding Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever

Host Howard Megdal discusses the Indiana Fever's tough start, questions surrounding Caitlin Clark, and the growing physicality in the league

On the latest episode of Locked On Women’s Basketball, Howard Megdal walks listeners through the drama and toxicity that seem to be causing a stir in the WNBA right now. He focuses in specifically on the scrutiny facing Caitlin Clark right now, after a brutal 11-game streak finally comes to a halt for the Fever. Megdal also breaks down the ways that new and unprecedented attention towards the WNBA is affecting the league and its fans.

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Megdal opens the show by breaking down Clark’s experience so far. “What’s 11 games, right?” Megdal asks. “Well, 11 games actually tells us a lot.” Given the Fever’s tremendously tough schedule to start the season, “everyone’s tired.” 2-9 this isn’t the start to the season that Clark fans were hoping to see, but beyond the difficulties of the schedule, Megdal also reminds listeners that Clark is actually hanging in there. “A lot of people mistakenly believed she would struggle to get to the rim. In fact, she’s not – she’s shooting 46%.”

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Later on, Megdal continues analyzing Clark, but shifts the larger focus. Given the Chennedy Carter incident earlier, as well as the rise of injuries in the WNBA this season, the league’s growing physicality is on the minds of many – and is perhaps of concern as well. But Megdal pushes back on the idea that the players can’t handle the aggressiveness. “Caitlin Clark needs to find her way forward in this league,” Megdal asserts. “Clark is no stranger to being a victim of physical defense … she’s gonna be okay.”

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