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WNBA responds to hard fouls on Caitlin Clark, fines Angel Reese

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The Chicago Sky guard Chennedy Carter received an upgraded foul and fine for a hard hip check on Indiana Fever rookie Caitlin Clark.

Carter’s common foul was changed to a flagrant-1, while she avoided further penalty.

Rookie Angel Reese was fined $1,000 for failing to speak to the media after the game.

The Sky also received a $5,000 fine. The play against Clark caused an uproar on social media.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” Clark said. “It is what it is. It’s a physical game. Go make the free throw and execute on offense, and I feel like that’s kind of what we did.”

Fever GM Lin Dunn and coach Christie Sides criticized Clark’s treatment, feeling some plays targeted her without foul calls.

“There’s a difference between tough defense and unnecessary – targeting actions!” Dunn wrote on X. “It needs to stop! The league needs to ‘cleanup’ the crap! That’s NOT who this league is!!”

Sides said she would send tapes to the league office for review, hoping they would better address plays the Fever feel are happening against Clark.

They noted Clark handles the physical play well but deserves foul calls when hammered. Clark and Indiana play New York next.

“I’m trying not to get fined,” Sides said. “I’m just gonna keep sending these possessions to the league and these plays. Hopefully, they’ll start to, you know, take a better look at some of the things we see happening, or we think is happening.

“Just more happy Caitlin handled it the way she did. It’s tough to keep getting hammered the way she does and to not get rewarded with free throws or a foul call. She’s continuing to fight through that. Appreciate that from her, really proud of her for doing that.”

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