Caitlin Clark is adjusting to life in the WNBA. One part of the former Iowa star’s pro experience that didn’t get a lot of discussion was Clark becoming a target for hard fouls.

In Saturday’s Indiana Fever win over the Chicago Sky, Clark was on the receiving end of a flagrant foul. It was originally called an off ball foul, but in postgame was deemed a flagrant foul.

The initial call could have loomed large. Clark made her 1 free throw, and the Fever went on to win 71-70.

The initial call could have loomed large. Clark made her 1 free throw, and the Fever went on to win 71-70.

Clark said her focus is not letting the fouls get to her, and not to end up on the wrong end of a whistle.

“It is what it is,” Clark said after the game, per USATODAY. “I feel like I’m just at the point where I accept it, like, just let them hit you, be what it is, don’t let them get inside your head, and know it’s coming. I think at this point, I know I’m gonna take a couple hard shots a game. And that’s what it is, I’m trying not to let it bother me.

“… Usually it’s the second person that gets caught if you retaliate or something,” she added. “So I’m just trying to stay in the game, and focus on my team, and focus on what’s important.”

Fever coach Christie Sides stuck up for Clark, praising the rookie’s handling of the ongoing fouls.

“We’re just gonna keep sending these possessions to the league, these plays, and hopefully they’ll start taking a better look at some of the things that we see happening, or we think is happening,” Sides said in the postgame press conference.

“I’m just more happy that Caitlin handled it the way she did. It’s tough to keep getting hammered the way she does, and to not get rewarded with free throws or a foul call. She’s continuing to fight through that, and I appreciate that from her.”

The Fever is back in action against the New York Liberty at 7 p.m. ET.