Lindsay Whalen is at the height of her basketball skills and has had an MVP-type of year in the WNBA. And after returning home to Minnesota in 2010, she again breathed life into the state -- and women's basketball.
With the WNBA failing to name a new president until after the league's draft, Laurel J. Richie must spend this summer playing catch-up to connect with the players, owners, fans and media who follow the WNBA.
Whether it's plotting plants in her yard or solving Sudoku, Muffet McGraw most enjoys finding the right fit in everything she does. Tuesday, the Notre Dame coach hopes her puzzle pieces come together for a second national title.
Plenty of change -- a franchise lost and a franchise moved, for instance -- has taken place since last season. But an old favorite, defending champ Phoenix, helps tip off the league's 14th season Saturday.
With a record winning streak in hand, UConn's 71st win Monday ended with an injured Huskies player, a reminder of how fragile even a juggernaut can be. And of how consistent UConn has been for 16 months.