League MVP Tina Charles scored 16 of her 25 points after halftime, and key contributions from Asjha Jones and Kara Lawson helped the Sun win their first playoff series since 2006.
A year after failing to put away Atlanta in the playoffs, Connecticut took care of Game 1 against New York, winning its first postseason game since 2008.
WNBA commissioner Laurel Richie hopes the U.S. women's basketball team winning gold means more eyes will be on her league in the second half of the season and into the playoffs.
Whatever issues the WNBA might face at the gate and at the bank, Saturday's All-Star Game proved the WNBA product is better than ever before.
How will Indiana fare without Tamika Catchings early on? Can New York reach the playoffs for a second straight year? Will Detroit huddles be more harmonious than ever? Graham Hays takes a team-by-team look at the East.