Indiana Fever point guard Caitlin Clark, the No. 1 pick out of Iowa, and Chicago Sky power forward Angel Reese, the No. 7 pick out of LSU, continue to showcase their elite skills at the WNBA level. Both have also performed the same skills at the NCAA level, though Reese is the only one of the pair to win a national championship.

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Still, Clark and Reese have developed a rivalry that has lasted for years and continues to grow on a professional level. Both are also aiming for Rookie of the Year, and the race is a lot tighter than expected. Clark earned a Rookie of the Month nomination in May, and Reese followed that up with a Rookie of the Month nomination in June.

Both have now also made WNBA history by being named to this year’s All-Star roster in their rookie seasons.

Clark and Reese are the first two rookies to make the WNBA roster since the 2014 season.

Both have been on a roll this season and will be vying for the coveted ROTY nomination when the 2024 WNBA season concludes in October.

Angel Reese and Caitlin Clark
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – JUNE 16: Angel Reese #5 of the Chicago Sky fouls Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever during the second half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on June 16, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Angel…


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So far, Clark is averaging 16.0 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, 7.1 assists per game and 1.3 steals per game. She also has a field goal percentage of 39.1, a three-point percentage of 33.7 and a free throw percentage of 88.5.

Reese isn’t far behind with 13.2 points per game, 11.8 rebounds per game, 1.9 assists per game and 1.4 steals per game. She also has a field goal percentage of 39.7 and a free throw percentage of 74.2.

The start of the 2024 WNBA season led to a flurry of media attention for Clark, which was immediately shut down by Reese. Reese explained that everyone was also tuning in to the rookies based on her skills.

Reese would make herself unavailable to the press after the Chicago Sky lost their first match of the season to the Indiana Fever. She would be fined for violating media regulations, but it seemed the rivalry between her and Clark was alive and well.

Shortly after, she was also given a Flagrant 1 foul for hitting Clark in the head while attempting to make a play on the ball. She would address the media and the referees after that particular play.

Since then, Reese has shown her elite skills on the court, tying the WNBA record for consecutive double-doubles in a season and earning a ROTM award.

Both Reese and Clark are now competing at the All-Star level. While there are still plenty of regular-season games left in the WNBA, both dynamic rookies could be in a tight race to finish the season as Rookie of the Year.