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.
On the same day one former WNBA champion officially signed to return to the league, it was announced that another will sit out this season to recover from knee surgery.
Defending champion Minnesota is the favorite in its Western Conference semifinals playoff series with Seattle.
Tina Charles' 28 points weren't enough to help the United States overcome too many turnovers in a 83-77 loss to 2011 Czech League champion USK Prague on Saturday.
Four-time WNBA scoring champion Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor have signed multiyear contract extensions with the Phoenix Mercury, the team announced Monday.
The Seattle Storm have signed center Ashley Robinson to a multiyear deal, and announced that Australians Abby Bishop and Alison Lacey will not play with Seattle in 2011.
The Storm have re-signed All-Star forward Swin Cash to a multiyear contract, keeping an important part of the 2010 league champions intact.
The defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm re-signed All-Star forward Lauren Jackson on Wednesday.