WNBA.com Power Rankings: August 12, 2009

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2009 WNBA.com POWER RANKINGS: August 12

TEAM (last ranking) W / L NOTES
Indiana (1)
17-5 After picking up an impressive win over the Mercury in Phoenix in a battle of the top teams in each conference, the Fever saw their five-game win streak snapped in Los Angeles two days later. Nevertheless, the Fever remain the top team in the league with a 17-5 record.
Looking back: 8/5 vs CHI (W 76-67), 8/8 @ PHX (W 90-83), 8/10 @ LA (L 75-63)
Looking ahead: 8/13 @ MIN, 8/15 vs DET
Phoenix (2)
16-7 The Mercury finished off their season-long five-game road trip with a 4-1 mark after defeating the Storm. However, the Mercury were welcomed back home with a loss to the Fever on Saturday. Despite the loss, Phoenix remains the top team in the West with a 2.5 game lead over Seattle.
Looking back: 8/4 @ SEA (W 101-90), 8/8 vs IND (L 90-83)
Looking ahead: 8/13 vs SAN, 8/15 @ SAN
Seattle (3)
13-9 The Storm is just 1-4 against Eastern Conference teams this season after defeating the Liberty at home on Saturday by a single point. Seattle's next nine opponents all hail from the East beginning with Connecticut to open up a three-game road trip.
Looking back: 8/4 vs PHX (L 101-90), 8/6 @ LA (L 79-75), 8/8 vs NY (W 70-69)
Looking ahead: 8/13 @ CON, 8/15 @ ATL
Atlanta (6)
11-11 The Dream saw their franchise-best four-game win streak end on Saturday with an 82-80 loss to Chicago, but they currently hold the No. 3 spot in the East. With the East race so tight, tie-breakers will be crucial and Atlanta currently holds an edge over Washington (2-1), Connecticut (2-1) and Detroit (2-0). Of the five teams separated by just 1.5 games, the only team that holds a tie-breaker over Atlanta is Chicago (0-3).
Looking back: 8/6 @ SAN (W 92-84), 8/8 vs CHI (L 82-80)
Looking ahead: 8/13 vs DET, 8/15 vs SEA
Connecticut (4)
11-10 The Sun have won two of their last three games and done so in impressive fashion with blowout wins over Detroit and Washington. After going through a bit of a slump surrounding the All-Star break, Lindsay Whalen has rebounded with averages of 17.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and only 1.0 turnover over the past three games.
Looking back: 8/7 @ MIN (L 95-88), 8/9 vs. WAS (W 96-67)
Looking ahead: 8/13 vs SEA, 8/14 @ WAS
Washington (5)
11-11 The Mystics have dropped three of the four games they have played in August and have a pair of East foes visit D.C. before they head out on a four-game West Coast trip. The Mystics currently hold the fourth spot in the East, but if they hope to end their playoff drought and hold off Chicago and Detroit, they will need to turn things around quickly.
Looking back: 8/7 vs DET (W 70-66), 8/9 @ CON (L 96-67), 8/11 vs DET (L, 81-77)
Looking ahead: 8/14 vs CON, 8/16 vs NY
San Antonio (8)
10-12 Despite holding the worst record in the league, the Monarchs seem to have the Silver Stars' number as they have won their last two meetings, including Tuesday night's game in San Antonio. The defending West champs have Becky Hammon playing at the top of her game, they have Ann Wauters and Shanna Crossley back, but still have yet to break .500 on the season. The Silver Stars currently hold the No. 4 spot in the West but don't have to look back far to see L.A. closing the gap.
Looking back: 8/4 @ LA (W 63-59), 8/6 vs ATL (L 92-84), 8/9 @ MIN (W 89-87), 8/11 vs SAC (L, 90-73)
Looking ahead: 8/13 @ PHX, 8/15 vs PHX
Minnesota (9)
11-11 The Lynx suffered a tough loss to San Antonio on Sunday when Ann Wauters hit a game-winner at the buzzer. A quick glance at the schedule shows Minnesota closing the season with four games at home and eight on the road, but the Lynx have been a better road team (5-4) than home team (6-7) this year. Hitting the road may be what this team needs to get things back on track. Road Sweet Road just doesn't have the same ring to it though.
Looking back: 8/7 vs CON (W 95-88), 8/9 vs SAN (L 89-87)
Looking ahead: 8/13 vs IND, 8/15 @ CHI
Detroit (11)
9-11 The defending champs have won three of their last four games and are in a great position to break into the playoff picture as they currently sit just 1.5 games out of the No. 2 spot in the East. The key to the second half turnaround for the Shock has been Deanna Nolan, who has been on a tear since the All-Star break.
Looking back: 8/4 vs NY (W 76-64), 8/7 @ WAS (L 70-66), 8/9 vs CHI (W 64-58), 8/11 @ WAS (W, 81-77)
Looking ahead: 8/13 @ ATL, 8/15 @ IND
Los Angeles (10)
8-12 The Sparks had an up and down week as they continue to get used to playing with their full allotment of players for the first time all season. After knocking off the best team in the league with a 12-point win over the Fever, the Sparks lost the following night to the worst team in East as the Liberty outplayed the Sparks in the second half. It was the first of three straight back-to-backs that the Sparks will face this month.
Looking back: 8/4 vs SAN (L 63-59), 8/6 vs SEA (W 79-75), 8/10 vs IND (W 75-63), 8/11 vs NY (L, 65-61)
Looking ahead: 8/14 vs SAC, 8/15 @ SAC
Chicago (7)
11-12 The Sky close a four-game road trip on Friday in New York before they return to the friendly confines of UIC Pavillion. The Sky have been dreadful on the road (3-10), but have the second-best home record in the WNBA at 8-2. The good news for the Sky is that they have gotten most of their road games out of the way and close the season with seven of their final 11 games in Chicago.
Looking back: 8/5 @ IND (L 76-67), 8/8 @ ATL (W 82-80), 8/9 @ DET (L 64-58)
Looking ahead: 8/14 @ NY, 8/15 vs MIN
New York (12)
8-14 The Liberty closed out their five-game road trip by winning two of their last three games. Anne Donovan makes her home debut as head coach of the Liberty on Friday as New York host the Sky for the first of three matchups over the next two weeks. New York has three games with Chicago, three games with Connecticut and two games with Washington remaining on their schedule. There is still enough time for them to creep back into the playoff race if they can win the games against those teams.
Looking back: 8/4 @ DET (L 76-64), 8/7 @ SAC (W 84-66), 8/8 @ SEA (L 70-69), 8/11 @ LA (w, 65-61)
Looking ahead: 8/14 vs CHI, 8/16 @ WAS
Sacramento (13)
6-17 The Monarchs picked up a 17-point win over the Silver Stars in San Antonio on Tuesday, but at this point in the season it may be too little too late for Sacramento. The Monarchs currently sit 4.5 games back of the four spot in the West with 11 games to play. This weekend's back-to-back with Los Angeles is critical for the Monarchs if they hope stay within striking distance.
Looking back: 8/7 vs NY (L 84-66), 8/11 @ SAN (W, 90-73)
Looking ahead: 8/14 @ LA, 8/15 vs LA