Greetings from Mohegan Sun Arena where the WNBA's "Stars at the Sun" All-Star event kicks off in roughly two and a half hours. Fans are starting to mill outside the arena and the court is awash with WNBA All-Star logos, lights and equipment for the pre-game skills competition. Check back throughout the day for updates.
For now, here are your starters for the U.S. national team and WNBA All-Star squad. (And though it was possible, no, coach Geno Auriemma didn't go with an all-UConn starting five):
Team USA: G Sue Bird, G Cappie Pondexter, F Diana Taurasi, F Tamika Catchings, C Sylvia Fowles.
WNBA: G Lindsey Harding, G Katie Douglas, F Monique Currie, F Crystal Langhorne, C Michelle Snow.
The WNBA team is being coached by Seattle coach Brian Agler. His superstar forward Lauren Jackson is with the team but she won't play after suffering a concussion last Saturday against Los Angeles.
Jackson was hit in the face by Sparks forward DeLisha Milton-Jones while attempting to grab a rebound. No foul was called, but Jackson was bleeding from her nose and had to be substituted out.
Jackson shot around Friday during open practice, the first time she's done that since last Saturday.
"It's an exhibition, she won't play," Agler said Friday. "Once you start, you're about five days out. If she can on the court today, she has no symptoms, we move forward, you're about five days (from competing in a game)."