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Caitlin Clark brushes off WNBA star's race remark, says more 'opportunities' will help elevate women's game

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – A number of women’s college basketball players have developed into household names long before they entered the WNBA draft. Caitlin Clark, the former Iowa Hawkeyes star and the current NCAA’s all-time leading scorer, is among the most well known. 

Fans have showed up and tuned in to see Clark even before she was selected first overall by the Indiana Fever in last month’s WNBA Draft. Her rise in stardom has undoubtedly contributed to the increased focus on women’s basketball. 

Caitlin Clark, #22 of the Indiana Fever, controls the ball, defended by DiJonai Carrington, #21 of the Connecticut Sun, during the third quarter of the game at Mohegan Sun Arena on May 14, 2024 in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Clark believes that is a good thing, regardless of who is in the spotlight. 

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"I think there's opportunities for every single player in women's basketball," Clark said at a press conference before her WNBA debut on Tuesday night. "I think the more opportunities we can give across the board, that's what's going to elevate women's basketball."

Her remarks were in response to a question about Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson, who recently told The Associated Press that she believes there is a race element tied into Clark’s popularity. 

"I think it’s a huge thing. I think a lot of people may say it’s not about Black and White, but to me, it is," Wilson told the AP over the weekend. 

A'ja Wilson, #22 of the Las Vegas Aces, celebrates with the MVP trophy after defeating the New York Liberty during Game Four of the 2023 WNBA Finals at Barclays Center on Oct.

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