A week before the WNBA season is scheduled to resume, the Washington Mystics still have no idea when star forward Chamique Holdsclaw will return to action.

Holdsclaw's teammates practiced without her yesterday once again -- making 11 straight sessions since she began suffering from an undisclosed "minor" medical problem last month.

Judy Holland-Burton, the team's senior vice president of basketball operations, said Holdsclaw is still considered "day-to-day" and that the Mystics are still "in contact" with Holdsclaw about her condition.

Holdsclaw, 27, has chosen not to reveal the nature of her ailment, which has kept her out of three games.

Meantime, the Mystics will play the Indiana Fever at MCI Center on Sept. 1, when the season resumes following a month-long break to allow some of the league's stars to compete in the Olympic Games.

At 12-14, the Mystics trail the New York Liberty (13-12) by 11/2 games for first place in the Eastern Conference, and with eight games remaining in the regular season, the team has maintained its playoff hopes, despite the absence of Holdsclaw.

"Any time a teammate steps aside for some reason it's tough on your team," forward Stacey Dales-Schuman said. "But if you have positive people in place and a strong support system, which we have, you're going to be fine, be successful and win games."

-- Greg Sandoval