It's like little Ralphie from "A Christmas Story." Everyone sets out for an A grade. But with just three teams boasting winning records at the All-Star break, most teams scored far below their expectations.
With the league's best record and a pair of MVP candidates, defending champion Minnesota is the favorite when the 2012 WNBA playoffs open Thursday.
Penny Taylor hit two free throws with 1.5 seconds left to lift the defending WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury to a 78-77 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in the league's season opener Saturday.
Los Angeles Sparks center Rhonda Mapp was dismissed from the WNBA on Friday for violating its anti-drug program.