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Patriots show support at CT Sun home opener as Caitlin Clark makes WNBA debut

Patriots show support at CT Sun home opener as Caitlin Clark makes WNBA debut


Quarterback Bailey Zappe and receivers DeMario Douglas and Tyquan Thornton joined Bourne for the Sun’s sold-out home opener, where Connecticut defeated the Indiana 92-71.

The WNBA team gifted the Patriots players custom jerseys with their names and numbers, and by chance, they got to meet the Ying Yang Twins who performed at halftime.

Sun forward DeWanna Bonner’s 20 points made her fifth in all-time scoring in the WNBA, and Thornton was thrilled to leave Mohegan Sun with one of her jerseys. Clark finished with 20 points and three assists in the first game of her WNBA career, and Fever teammate Aliyah Boston, three-time Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year, recorded four points, six rebounds, and two assists.

“Everything New England is known for in sports, for her to grow up here and do the right things to get to this level is so impressive,” Bourne said of Boston, who attended Worcester Academy before winning an NCAA title with South Carolina and being named WNBA Rookie of the Year in 2023.

“It says a lot about the sports culture here so congrats to her.”

For Bourne, attending the WNBA game was especially enjoyable from his perspective as a father.

“Being a girl dad is great, and I want my girls to look up to women like this who work hard, have reached their goals, and are doing things that a lot of girls probably dream of,” Bourne said. “That’s what these women represent playing on this court and definitely something I want to teach my girls growing up.”

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