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Angel Reese [1296x729] (Credit: Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire)

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As the 2024 WNBA draft class continues to impact this season, we're tracking the performances from top rookies every game day. 

Players will be added or subtracted based on performance and injury. 

Some rookies, such as Caitlin Clark of the Indiana Fever and Angel Reese of the Chicago Sky, have started every game for their teams.

One lottery pick, Los Angeles Sparks rookie Cameron Brink, is out for the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in mid-June.

Last updated: June 30

Angel Reese, Chicago Sky Forward | 6-foot-3 | Game log | Stats

Last time out: Reese sank a free throw with 23.2 seconds remaining in Chicago's 70-62 loss on Sunday to the Minnesota Lynx to record her 10th consecutive double-double (10 points, game-high 16 rebounds), a WNBA single-season record. The former LSU star has also managed double-digit rebounds in 11 consecutive contests, another single-season league record, and tallied her third game of the season with at least 15 boards.

What we learned: After three consecutive games with at least seven made field goals, Reese shot 4-for-16 on Sunday while going up against Lynx MVP candidate Napheesa Collier, one of the premier defenders in the league.

But on the other end of the floor, the 2023 Final Four Most Outstanding Player helped hold Collier to a relatively quiet 13 points on 5 of 13 shooting, which allowed the Sky to maintain the lead for a large portion of the game over the new Commissioner's Cup champions. -- Alexa Philippou

Up next: at Atlanta Dream on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network)

Caitlin Clark, Indiana Fever

Guard | 6-foot | Game log | Stats

Last time out: Clark came within reach of becoming the first rookie in WNBA history to record a triple-double, finishing with 15 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds in Indiana's 88-82 road win on Sunday over the Phoenix Mercury. It's Clark's second game with 15 points and 10 assists this season, making her the second rookie in league history with multiple such games. Her second 15-point, 10-assist, 5-rebound performance are the most by a rookie in league history.

What we learned: Clark didn't have the best shooting night (4-for-14), but her ability to push the ball and deliver to teammates in transition was critical for the Fever in erasing a 15-point deficit with a 29-15 third quarter. The Fever outscored the Mercury 20-5 in fast-break points, Indiana's most in a game this season. Clark and Kelsey Mitchell scored or assisted on 37 second-half points, more than the entire Mercury squad scored. The Fever shot 12-for-18 off Clark's passes, including 6-for-12 in the second half.

Just how consequential was Clark in orchestrating the offense? She scored or assisted on 50% of Indiana's 88 points in its win, the Fever's first this season over a team .500 or better. -- Philippou

Up next: at Las Vegas Aces on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Kamilla Cardoso, Chicago Sky Center | 6-foot-7 | Game log | Stats

Last time out: Cardoso, Reese and Collier each finished Sunday's meeting with double-figure rebounds, with Cardoso coming away with 10 boards, including a game-high six on offense. The Sky's rookie frontcourt pair combined for 26 rebounds to propel Chicago to a 44-40 edge on the glass, although it wasn't enough to overcome their offensive woes in the fourth quarter, where they were outscored 18-5.

What we learned: In a quiet shooting performance against one of the best defensive teams in the league, the 2024 Final Four Most Outstanding Player went 1-for-9 from the field, finishing with three points. It was just the third time since making her pro debut on June 1 that Cardoso hadn't made multiple baskets in a game. She and Reese went a combined 1-for-9 from the field in the fourth quarter, where the Sky shot 2-for-23. -- Philippou

Up next: at Atlanta Dream on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network)

Aaliyah Edwards, Washington Mystics

Forward | 6-foot-3 | Game log | Stats

Last time out: After missing the previous three games with a back issue, Edwards returned to the court Saturday in the Mystics' 88-77 home loss to the Las Vegas Aces. The former UConn standout came off the bench to play 20 minutes, finishing with 9 points and 7 rebounds (two offensive), tied for a team high, as well as 1 block, 1 steal and 1 assist.

Edwards joins Indiana's Caitlin Clark and Chicago's Angel Reese as the only rookies with 100 rebounds so far this season.

What we learned: Edwards largely picked up where she left off before missing time with injury. Though she didn't have the most efficient outing (2-for-6 shooting from the field), she got to the free throw line the most of anyone on the Mystics and converted 5 of 6 from the charity stripe, tied for the second-most free throw attempts she has had in a game this season. Her defense was also impactful, as she held MVP frontrunner A'ja Wilson to 0-for-3 shooting in the first half as her primary defender and helped limit the Aces superstar to 4-for-15 shooting overall by the game's end.

Aces coach Becky Hammon offered some praise in her postgame news conference for the Mystics rookie and the problems she caused with her pick-and-roll, calling Edwards a "solid" player who "plays at her own speed, never gets outside of her own box" and is only going to get better. -- Alexa Philippou

Up next: at Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

Rickea Jackson, Los Angeles Sparks Forward | 6-foot-2 | Game log | Stats

Last time out: Jackson had her ninth double-digit scoring game of the season with 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting Friday. She added 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in the Sparks' 92-78 loss at Phoenix. The Sparks led 45-44 at halftime, but couldn't keep up with the Mercury in the second half.

It was Jackson's 10th game this season in which she has shot 50% or better from the field; she has shot 47.2% overall in her 18 games this season. She was the Sparks' second-leading scorer behind Dearica Hamby, who had a career-high 29 points.

What we learned: On June 7-9, the Sparks got victories over Dallas and two-time defending champion Las Vegas in Los Angeles. And that was the last time things really went well for the Sparks.

They have played seven road games since, losing all of them. They also lost No. 2 draft pick Cameron Brink for the season to a knee injury. Guard Lexie Brown (Crohn's disease) is now out at least until after the Olympic break. Guard Layshia Clarendon also missed Friday's game with illness.

Los Angeles plays its first home game in three weeks on Tuesday. Compared to their last game in Los Angeles, the Sparks realistically now have a much less optimistic outlook for their playoff chances. -- Voepel

Up next: vs. Washington Mystics on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET, ESPN3)