Updated: September 3, 2013, 1:17 AM ET

Honing in on the fall

By Skylar Diggins | Special to espnW.com

Skylar Diggins
Shane Bevel/NBAE/Getty ImagesSkylar Diggins is averaging 3.9 assists per game for Tulsa.

SKYLAR DIGGINS, TULSA:
Rookie | 5-9 | Guard
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I am such a family girl. I love to have familiar faces around me, so it's good when my family comes to visit here in Tulsa.

I'm expecting a few visitors before I leave. In fact, my grandparents (on my dad's side) just came in from Florida. They got to see me play two games here, so that was exciting. We spent all our time together -- I didn't leave their sight!

My grandmother makes great meals, and she went wild in my kitchen. It's brand new, so she christened it with all my favorite foods. She makes the best peanut butter cookies, so that was my first request. And her breakfasts are the best -- they take me back to being a kid.

I miss my grandparents' presence when they're not here, so I took in every second with them. It won't be long before the season is over and I go home. We have just six games left. And there are so many things I want to do after this. I won't be going overseas right away, at least not this year. This will be my first season not playing basketball and not in college, so I don't know what I'm going to do with myself!

I'm expecting a few visitors before I leave. In fact, my grandparents (on my dad's side) just came in from Florida. They got to see me play two games here, so that was exciting. We spent all our time together -- I didn't leave their sight!

My grandmother makes great meals, and she went wild in my kitchen. It's brand new, so she christened it with all my favorite foods. She makes the best peanut butter cookies, so that was my first request. And her breakfasts are the best -- they take me back to being a kid.

I miss my grandparents' presence when they're not here, so I took in every second with them. It won't be long before the season is over and I go home. We have just six games left. And there are so many things I want to do after this. I won't be going overseas right away, at least not this year. This will be my first season not playing basketball and not in college, so I don't know what I'm going to do with myself!

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Skylar Diggins

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Skylar Diggins is a rookie with the Tulsa Shock and a Notre Dame graduate. She is the author of a popular Twitter account @skydigg4.

A special and unique first

By Elena Delle Donne | Special to espnW.com

Elena Delle Donne
AP Photo/Damen Jackson/Triple Play New MediaElena Delle Donne helped the Sky clinch its first playoff berth -- and the top spot in the East.

ELENA DELLE DONNE, CHICAGO:
Rookie | 6-5 | Forward/Guard
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Being that this is my rookie season, I have experienced a lot of "firsts" this year: my first professional game, my first time playing in a Chicago Sky jersey, my first opportunity to play with and against the best women's basketball players in the world.

This past Friday night I experienced another first as a professional basketball player, but this first was, to me, more special and unique than the others. I was sharing this experience with my teammates, my coaches, our entire staff and the loyal Sky fans who have been there since this team was brand new. Together, we were able to experience the achievement of clinching a playoff berth for the first time in the history of the franchise.

This feeling was nothing short of amazing. Knowing that I was sharing this with some women who, like me, are in their first year on the Sky and with some teammates who have been on this team for years, is awesome.

This is a very special year for our team. We have been able to put the pieces of the puzzle together to reach a success that the Sky had not previously attained.

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Lovin' life in the league

By Brittney Griner | Special to espnW.com

Brittney Griner
Brian Babineau/Getty ImagesGriner poses with young fan at All-Star weekend.

BRITTNEY GRINER, PHOENIX:
Rookie | 6-8 | Center
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One great thing about being in the WNBA is that no day is the same.

Yes, we practice and get treatment usually every day, but there is always something different going on which is something I love. Some days we have an appearance in the community with fans, others maybe its just media. Whatever it is, I enjoy doing it all. Im only halfway through my rookie year but I already feel so honored to be a part of the WNBA on and off the court.

Lately, though, Ive been sidelined with a mild knee sprain. It has been so frustrating not being able to help my team. But Ive put in the extra work behind the scenes and expect to be out there on the court. Im itching to play again. Watching from the sidelines -- even in an exhibition like the All-Star Game -- just isnt my style.

I want to compete. I want to be out there. I want to help my team win.

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