Indiana’s Caitlin Clark grimaces after being injured in the first half against the Connecticut Sun in Indianapolis on Monday. Michael Conroy/Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Tyasha Harris scored 13 of Connecticut’s final 18 points Monday night, including two free throws with 10.9 seconds left, and the Sun kept the Indiana Fever and rookie Caitlin Clark winless through four games with an 88-84 victory Monday night.

Harris finished with 16 points and three 3-pointers for the Sun’s second win in a week over the Fever and Clark, who returned in the second half after missing the final 5 1/2 minutes of the first half with an apparent left ankle injury.

She was injured running into a pick and rolling her ankle. After play was stopped with Clark still down, she grimaced as she hopped up and limped into the tunnel next to the team’s bench. She returned after warming up with her teammates to start the second half and finished with 17 points.

Alyssa Thomas had 24 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists — barely missing her second triple-double against Indiana this season. DeWanna Bonner added 22 points and DiJonai Carrington had 13.

Clark opened the fourth quarter with three straight assists and a 3-pointer from the Gainbridge Fieldhouse logo to give Indiana a 70-68 lead.

Kelsey Mitchell also had 17 points and five assists, and Nalyssa Smith scored 13 points and Temi Fagbenle added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Aliyah Boston scored 10 points but missed a layup that would have tied the game with 7.4 seconds remaining.

Advertisement

Still, it was progress for Indiana.

Indiana lost its first three games of the season — all to defending conference champion New York and the Sun — by double digits.

On Monday they stayed close, tying the score at 26 after one, taking their first halftime lead of the season at 44-41 and rallying from a 60-51 third-quarter deficit to close within 64-61 after three. They fought hard in a back-and-forth final 7:15 after Clark’s big 3.

But Harris’ late scoring spree gave Connecticut an 82-78 lead with 2:04 to go.

Layups from Mitchell and Clark tied the score with 1:04 to go, but Bonner broke free for a layup with 41 seconds remaining. After Clark found an open Boston for a tying mid-range jumper 12 seconds later, the Sun made four straight free throws to close it out.

LIBERTY 76, STORM 63: Sabrina Ionescu scored 20 points and host New York beat Seattle, improving to 4-0 for the first time in 17 years.

Breanna Stewart added 16 points and 11 rebounds for New York, which last won its first four games to start a season in 2007. The Liberty, who are coming off an appearance in the WNBA Finals last season, won their first five contests that year before struggling to a 16-18 mark.

Jewell Loyd led Seattle (1-3) with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Comments are no longer available on this story