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.
They are future Hall of Famers and two of the most important players in the foundation of the WNBA. And through it all, Katie Smith and Tina Thompson have been consummate professionals.
While many teams fared well in Monday's WNBA draft, no one did better than Bill Laimbeer and the New York Liberty.
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.
The WNBA just had a month-long break, but the playoff push will be intense from the get-go when games resume Thursday.
Silver Spurs are the surprise 'buzz' team as the Olympics brings a month-long halt to the WNBA. Will the time off help or hurt?
Katie Douglas' recent scoring tear continued Thursday as the WNBA playoffs opened. The Fever eked out a win over New York, while Seattle cruised past Phoenix.
Seattle was the clear pick when the playoffs opened in 2010. This summer, while Minnesota might be tagged as the favorite, every team has reason to think it could be crowned the WNBA champion.
All-Star Game MVP Swin Cash, Seattle Storm look to regain their championship form going into the second half of the WNBA season.
Can the reigning WNBA champions "storm" back in the season's second half?
Seattle's Sue Bird and Swin Cash talk about their memories of the WNBA's launch on June 21, 1997. That summer, they were getting ready for their high school senior year....
WNBA seasons aren't made in June, but the Liberty could set a tone this month that they are not dropping off from 2010.
Only two teams have been able to win back-to-back WNBA championships. But on the eve of the 2011 season, defending champion Seattle is the favorite.
Most WNBA teams made draft picks Monday that made sense and helped fill a need in their current rosters.
What do we really know about each playoff team? Mechelle Voepel identifies three strengths each team's opponent must focus on in the WNBA playoffs.