Second half of the season assessment still underway

Today’s result:

The Sun beat the Fever, 89-81.

WNBA team news:

The Sky are in preliminary talks with Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts about investing in the franchise.

Despite the weekend shortfalls, Chicago feels that the All-Star game should return.

The Lynx have made an amazing ascent, from 3-13 to playoff contender.

WNBA player news:

Candace Parker doesn’t want to talk retirement, but expresses confidence in future stars like Rhyne Howard…….and Howard got other praise from peers, too.

Sylvia Fowles diary: Chicago delivered in the All-Star game.

Looking ahead at the final 12 games for Fowles and Sue Bird.

All-Star MVP Kelsey Plum was motivated after not doing well in the three-point contest the day before.

Aerial Powers is playing the best basketball of her career.

Lexie Brown is an important role player for the Sparks.

Indiana rookie NaLyssa Smith is learning on the fly, and seeking consistency.

Nia Clouden is making the most of her opportunity in the WNBA.

ESPN’s midseason rookie awards.

Brittney Griner and the limits of American power.