The Los Angeles locked up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference over the weekend and look to be a lock for the top spot in the Power Rankings for the remainder of the season barring a considerable falter. The Sun remain ahead of the Shock in the standings and in the Rankings once again, replacing the Sacramento Monarchs, who drop three spots this week after dropping three straight games last week. And we have a bit of a shift in the bottom three after a three-game winning streak by an Eastern Conference team.
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losing to the Detroit Shock on July 21st, the Sparks have won four in a
row on the road and are have locked down the first seed
in the Western Conference playoffs with a five and a half game lead over the second place Monarchs.
The Sparks have won ten of their last eleven and seven of their last eight
Upcoming: at Washington, at Connecticut
|21-6||The Sun remain ahead
of the Shock for the second week in a row as they are cruising towards the
playoffs with a seven-game winning streak. After losing the 2005 Finals
rematch against Sacramento earlier in the month, the Sun finally got their
revenge on Friday as they defeated the Monarch's, 75-68, on Sunday. The Sun will face
the Sparks on Thursday in what may be a 2006 Finals preview as both teams
lead their Conferences.
Upcoming: vs. New York, vs. Los Angeles
finished the week 2-1 after beating the Storm and splitting their two games
against the Monarchs. On Wednesday, the Shock blew out the Monarchs, 91-71,
on their home court, but when they made the trip to Sacramento a few days
later, the Shock suffered their worst defeat of the season, 94-61. The WNBA's leading rebounder, Cheryl Ford, averaged 14.7 rebounds
during the three-game week.
Upcoming: vs. Indiana, at New York
After sitting at the No. 5 spot for three weeks, the
Fever finally move up to No. 4 after a 2-1 week and clinching their second
straight playoff berth. The Fever are currently in third place in the East,
but have a chance to move up. Indiana is currently one and a half games
behind the second place Shock and four games behind the first place Sun.
In their final seven games, Tamika Catchings and the Fever face the Shock once and the Sun twice.
The Monarchs went from being the league's hottest team
to going ice cold over the past week. After winning seven straight and nine
of their previous ten, the Monarchs lost three in a row to finish a tough
four-game Eastern Conference road trip. The Monarchs lost to the Fever,
75-60, the Shock, 91-71, and the Sun, 75-68, before finally blowing out
the Shock, 94-61, in Sacramento to end their losing streak.
After beating the Phoenix Mercury twice last week, it
appears as though the Comets are on their way to the franchise's ninth
playoff berth in team history. Dawn Staley led the way in both wins scoring 21 points
on Thursday and 17 points on Sunday. Houston is currently in third place
with a two-game lead over the fourth place Storm.
Sunday, DeLisha Milton-Jones scored a career-high 26 points to lead the
Mystics past the Charlotte Sting, 78-73. The Mystics have won three in a
row and clinched a playoff berth for the fourth time in franchise history.
With six games remaining in their regular season schedule, the Mystics, who are currently fourth in the East,
still have a chance to move up in the standings as they are only two and
a half games behind Indiana for third.
Upcoming: vs. Los Angeles, at Seattle
Despite a 27-point, eight rebound performance from Lauren
Jackson, the Storm lost their second game of the week in a close contest with
the conference-leading Los Angeles Sparks. The Storm finished the week 1-2,
but still hold a game and a half lead over the Silver Stars for the final
playoff position with six games remaining in the regular season.
Silver Stars finished a tough month with a record of 5-7, but still hold
on to their dwindling playoff hopes with only two weeks remaining in the regular season.
San Antonio is currently in fifth place in the West and only
a game and a half behind the fourth place Seattle Storm for the final playoff
Upcoming: vs. Charlotte, vs. Sacramento
|11-16|| When the week began, it appeared as though Phoenix was moving towards the final playoff
spot. But after losing four important games against Western Conference playoff
contenders, the Mercury have dropped to sixth place in the West and now find themselves two
and a half behind the fourth place Seattle Storm.
Upcoming: at Chicago, vs. Charlotte
York is no longer in last place and are out of the bottom three after winning three in a row this past week. The Liberty have struggled without Becky
Hammon in the lineup, but other players are starting to step up as Cathrine
Kraayeveld, Erin Thorn, and Shameka Christon led the way during the streak. The Liberty were eliminated from playoff contention over the weekend and can begin looking at some of the younger players looking to contend for roster spots next season.
Upcoming: at Connecticut, vs. Detroit
|8-20||After a season-high
four-game winning streak and teasing fans with possible playoff hopes, Charlotte has lost
four of its last five and have been officially eliminated from playoff
contention. The Sting will wrap up their season playing four of their final
six on the road.
Upcoming: at San Antonio, at Phoenix
beginning the week with a 70-62 win over the Charlotte Sting, the Minnesota
Lynx have lost three straight, including losses to the Sting, Sky and Liberty;
all of whom have worse records than the Lynx. Despite the addition of Seimone Augustus, the young Lynx have shown only marginal improvement from last season.
Upcoming: vs. Seattle, at Indiana
|4-23||The Sky ended an eight-game
losing streak with their third home win of the season over the Minnesota
Lynx, 79-65. However, two days later, the Sky's losing ways returned as
they lost to the Fever 69-64 on Sunday.
Upcoming: vs. Phoenix, vs. Detroit