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Jewell Loyd scores 32 before sellout of 18,000, Seattle holds off Caitlin Clark and Fever 85-83

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Jewell Loyd scores 32 before sellout of 18,000,  Seattle holds off Caitlin Clark and Fever 85-83
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Jewell Loyd scores 32 before sellout of 18,000, Seattle holds off Caitlin Clark and Fever 85-83

2024-05-23 21:33 Last Updated At:21:41

SEATTLE (AP) — The decisive losses Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever endured to start the WNBA season were easier to handle than the last two setbacks that were decided by a total of six points.

Jewell Loyd scored 21 of her 32 points in the first half, Sami Whitcomb scored all 10 of her points in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Storm held off Clark and the Fever 85-83 on Wednesday night, two days after Indiana's 88-84 loss to the Connecticut Sun.

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Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark, right, signs autographs before the team's WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

SEATTLE (AP) — The decisive losses Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever endured to start the WNBA season were easier to handle than the last two setbacks that were decided by a total of six points.

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) drives as Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl (1) defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) drives as Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl (1) defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever forward Aliyah Boston drives as Seattle Storm forward Nneka Ogwumike defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever forward Aliyah Boston drives as Seattle Storm forward Nneka Ogwumike defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

A young fan holds a sign for Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark during the second half of the Fever's WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

A young fan holds a sign for Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark during the second half of the Fever's WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) is defended by Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) is defended by Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl, left, and Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark greet each other following a WNBA basketball game, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl, left, and Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark greet each other following a WNBA basketball game, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl, left, and Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark pose for photos following a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl, left, and Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark pose for photos following a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm forward Nneka Ogwumike (3) moves the ball as Indiana Fever center Temi Fagbenle, left, and guard Caitlin Clark defend during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm forward Nneka Ogwumike (3) moves the ball as Indiana Fever center Temi Fagbenle, left, and guard Caitlin Clark defend during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) drives as Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) drives as Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) drives as Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) drives as Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark is defended by Seattle Storm center Ezi Magbegor (13) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark is defended by Seattle Storm center Ezi Magbegor (13) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark signs autographs before the team's WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark signs autographs before the team's WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl warms up for the team's WNBA basketball game against the Indiana Fever, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl warms up for the team's WNBA basketball game against the Indiana Fever, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell, right, drives against Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell, right, drives against Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) drives against Indiana Fever guard Kristy Wallace (3) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) drives against Indiana Fever guard Kristy Wallace (3) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) dribbles the ball as Seattle Storm guard Sami Whitcomb (32) defends during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) dribbles the ball as Seattle Storm guard Sami Whitcomb (32) defends during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) points downcourt as Seattle Storm forward Nneka Ogwumike (3) runs nearby during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) points downcourt as Seattle Storm forward Nneka Ogwumike (3) runs nearby during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

“These two definitely hurt the most. We're what, six points away from being 2-3 instead of 0-5,” Clark said. “It's just that close and there's so many instances going back and watching the film and little things you can easily fix and clean up that would go a really long way.”

Loyd, last year’s leading scorer in the WNBA, shook off a sluggish start to the season to post the 22nd 30-point game of her career. Loyd and Whitcomb combined for 18 of Seattle’s 27 points in the fourth quarter, and the Storm (2-3) needed all those points to hold off a late rally and keep the Fever (0-5) winless.

“I just kind of cleared my head. I was in a good headspace coming into today's game. ... I just kind of reset and changed my routine a little bit and then caught a little rhythm,” Loyd said.

Clark finished with a team-high 21 points two days after rolling her left ankle in the home loss to Connecticut. She struggled early against Seattle, but sparked a third-quarter rally and helped give the Fever a 60-58 lead going into the fourth.

While most of the sellout crowd of 18,343 — the largest for a game in Seattle — wore the green and gold of the Storm, there was a healthy smattering of Indiana and Iowa No. 22 jerseys and shirts for Clark.

The third quarter was a stretch where she looked like the Clark everyone came to know collegiately at Iowa when she was the national player of the year.

“It's still a process of learning when to be assertive,” Clark said. “Sometimes it's hard when you start off a little bit cold.”

Seattle led by as many as seven early in the fourth quarter. Clark’s three free throws with 1:50 left pulled the Fever within 79-77, but Seattle got baskets from Jordan Horston and Ezi Magbegor on consecutive possessions.

The final minute was filled with debated calls and multiple officials' reviews. The Fever pulled within 84-83 after two free throws by Clark. Seattle committed a turnover with 11 seconds left, giving Indiana a chance to win.

Clark stumbled after the inbound pass and a jump ball with 4.7 seconds left between Aliyah Boston and Horston was tipped to Nneka Ogwumike, who hit one of two free throws. Indiana was out of timeouts and could only get Boston’s desperation attempt at the buzzer that was off line.

Ogwumike added 22 points after missing the past two games with an ankle injury.

“Today was one of those days where I knew I had to push through some things,” Ogwumike said. “I just pride myself on being efficient in every way.”

Clark put on a show the last time she was in the building during the 2023 NCAA Women’s Tournament when she helped lead Iowa to the Final Four, including a triple-double in the regional final.

On Wednesday, Clark missed her first four shots before scoring on a baseline drive early in the second quarter. Her first 3-pointer didn’t come until midway through the third quarter and she finished 6 of 16 shooting, including 2 for 8 from behind the arc.

Seattle rookie Nika Muhl made her debut for Seattle after missing the first four games of the season due to visa issues. Muhl checked in late in the third quarter to a rousing ovation, only to see Clark knock down a 3 over her.

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Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark, right, signs autographs before the team's WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark, right, signs autographs before the team's WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) drives as Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl (1) defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) drives as Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl (1) defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever forward Aliyah Boston drives as Seattle Storm forward Nneka Ogwumike defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever forward Aliyah Boston drives as Seattle Storm forward Nneka Ogwumike defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

A young fan holds a sign for Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark during the second half of the Fever's WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

A young fan holds a sign for Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark during the second half of the Fever's WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) is defended by Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) is defended by Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl, left, and Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark greet each other following a WNBA basketball game, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl, left, and Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark greet each other following a WNBA basketball game, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl, left, and Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark pose for photos following a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl, left, and Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark pose for photos following a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm forward Nneka Ogwumike (3) moves the ball as Indiana Fever center Temi Fagbenle, left, and guard Caitlin Clark defend during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm forward Nneka Ogwumike (3) moves the ball as Indiana Fever center Temi Fagbenle, left, and guard Caitlin Clark defend during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) drives as Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) drives as Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) drives as Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) drives as Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. The Storm won 85-83. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark is defended by Seattle Storm center Ezi Magbegor (13) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark is defended by Seattle Storm center Ezi Magbegor (13) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark signs autographs before the team's WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark signs autographs before the team's WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl warms up for the team's WNBA basketball game against the Indiana Fever, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm guard Nika Muhl warms up for the team's WNBA basketball game against the Indiana Fever, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell, right, drives against Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell, right, drives against Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) drives against Indiana Fever guard Kristy Wallace (3) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) drives against Indiana Fever guard Kristy Wallace (3) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) dribbles the ball as Seattle Storm guard Sami Whitcomb (32) defends during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) dribbles the ball as Seattle Storm guard Sami Whitcomb (32) defends during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) points downcourt as Seattle Storm forward Nneka Ogwumike (3) runs nearby during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) points downcourt as Seattle Storm forward Nneka Ogwumike (3) runs nearby during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

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2024-06-25 17:47 Last Updated At:18:01

BERLIN (AP) — A group that tracks antisemitism in Germany said Tuesday it recorded an overall increase of more than 80% in incidents last year, with well over half of the total coming after Hamas-led militants attacked Israel in early October.

The RIAS group said it recorded 4,782 antisemitic incidents in 2023, ranging from anti-Jewish comments to attacks. That compared with 2,616 in 2022.

The group said that 2,787 of last year's recorded incidents — more than the previous year's total — took place after the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas on Israel, which triggered the ongoing war in Gaza. Those incidents included a mid-October attack on a synagogue in Berlin, which caused widespread alarm.

The incidents RIAS documented last year included seven cases classified as “extreme violence,” which did or could endanger lives or result in severe injury, 121 attacks, 329 cases of targeted damage to property, 183 threats and 4,060 incidences of offensive behavior.

“An open ... but above all carefree Jewish life has become even less possible in Germany as well since Oct. 7,” said Benjamin Steinitz, the director of RIAS, or Federal Association of Departments for Research and Information on Antisemitism.

Of last year's incidents, 1,583 took place in the street, more than double the previous year's figure, and 999 on the internet — an increase from 853 in 2022. RIAS recorded 471 incidents at educational institutions and 311 on public transport, both more than double the previous year.

A senior official with Germany's Central Council of Jews, Daniel Botmann, said that “we are not currently seeing the effect of an emigration of Jews from Germany," contrasting that with movement that has been seen from neighboring France in recent years.

From left, Daniel Botmann, Managing Director of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Felix Klein, Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight against Antisemitism, Bianca Loy, Scientific Officer at the Federal Association RIAS e.V., and Benjamin Steinitz, Managing Director of the Federal Association RIAS e.V. (Federal Association of Research and Information Centers on Antisemitism), present the annual report "Antisemitic Incidents in Germany 2023" by the Federal Association RIAS at a press conference in Berlin, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. A group that tracks antisemitism in Germany said Tuesday it recorded an overall increase of more than 80% in incidents last year, with well over half of the total coming after Hamas' attack on Israel in early October. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

From left, Daniel Botmann, Managing Director of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Felix Klein, Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight against Antisemitism, Bianca Loy, Scientific Officer at the Federal Association RIAS e.V., and Benjamin Steinitz, Managing Director of the Federal Association RIAS e.V. (Federal Association of Research and Information Centers on Antisemitism), present the annual report "Antisemitic Incidents in Germany 2023" by the Federal Association RIAS at a press conference in Berlin, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. A group that tracks antisemitism in Germany said Tuesday it recorded an overall increase of more than 80% in incidents last year, with well over half of the total coming after Hamas' attack on Israel in early October. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

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