WNBA.com Power Rankings: June 6, 2006

Now that each team has played more than a few games, we can actually take a more accurate look at each team as they compare to the others. Of course it is still early, but San Antonio has moved up the bog board this week on the strength of its four road wins. But it is another team in Texas, the Houston Comets, who hold the top spot in Week Two. The Comets have won five games in a row and are looking to be as strong as we predicted in the preseason.

2006 WNBA.com POWER RANKINGS: Week Two
TEAM (last)
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5-1 Don't look now, but the oldest team in the WNBA is also playing the best. Experience comes with age, apparently. The Comets went 3-0 last week and have run their win streak to five games. Michelle Snow led five players in double figures with a career-high 24 points as Houston coasted to an 85-62 home win over Minnesota on Sunday. Tina Thompson scored 16 and Sheryl Swoopes had 13 and eight rebounds before leaving in the fourth quarter with an injury.
Upcoming: at Washington, vs. New York
2 4-1After a tough loss to the Detroit Shock at home last week, the Sun bounced back to go 2-0 last week, sweeping the Charlotte Sting in a home-and-home series. Most recently, the Sun posted a 89-71 victory on Saturday afternoon. Margo Dydek led the way with 17 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 12 with 15 rebounds for the Sun. dydek posted 16 points and 15 rebounds in the first game on Thursday.
Upcoming: at New York, vs. Seattle
3 3-1The Washington Mystics beat the Detroit Shock in their only game last week. This was a rested team as DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 15 of her 21 points in the third quarter and Alana Beard added 18 as the Mystics opened up a big lead and cruised to a 92-68 home win over the Shock on Saturday.
Upcoming: vs. Houston, at Indiana
4
4-2The Shock went 2-1 last week, losing to Washington in between victories over New York and Chicago. After falling to Washington on Saturday, Detroit worked its way out to a nine-point halftime lead over Chicago on Sunday and held on for an 81-66 road victory. Katie Smith scored 21, nailing 3-of-6 from downtown. Deanna Nolan added 13 and Ruth Riley posted 12 points, two blocks, and a career-high 14 rebounds.
Upcoming: at Los Angeles, at Phoenix
5
4-2

After starting the season 4-0 and looking like a worthy contender to stay atop the board for a few weeks, star forward Tamika Catchings went down with an injury and finished the week 1-2. They won at home against New York, but lost in Houston and Minnesota. The Fever nearly erased a 10-point deficit in the final two minutes before dropping a 92-87 decision at Minnesota on Friday. Tamika Whitmore has continued to be a great addition and finished with a season-high 26.
Upcoming: vs. Washington, at Charlotte

6 4-2The Silver Stars went 3-0 last week and have now won four games in a row on the road. My most improved pick is looking just that. Undefeated in their last three games, Dan Hughes' young squad is healthy (mostly) and coming together. They have also won back-to-back games against the past two champions. On Sunday night, they trailed by 14 points before storming back for an 89-87 victory in Seattle. LaToya Thomas scored 15 and Sophia Young had 14 points and 11 rebounds, including a key offensive board late.
Upcoming: vs. Minnesota, vs. New York
7 3-2After starting out 2-1, the Monarchs have come back down to earth and look anything but invincible. They have already lost two games at home after losing only one in 2005. The defending champs went 1-1 last week, beating Seattle by 21 points but losing at home to San Antonio.
Upcoming: at Phoenix, vs. Chicago
8
3-3After the Seattle Storm went 1-2 last week, it became abundantly clear that no one knew which Storm team would show up on any given night. The Storm lost by 21 points in Sacramento, then scored 97 points in a win in Phoenix, but lost at home to San Antonio on Sunday without Wendy Palmer. sje has a partially torn achillies tendon and will miss a month.
Upcoming: vs. Chicago, at Connecticut
9 3-3The Sparks went 1-2 last week, most recently losing an overtime thriller in New York on Saturday. Their season-opening road trip without Chamique Holdclaw is now over and the Sparks returrn home and Holdclaw returns to the team. Yet even with two All-Stars in Liesa Leslie and Holdsclaw, the Sparks will need greater offensive production out of the rest of the starters.
Upcoming: vs. Detroit, vs. Chicago
10
2-4After starting the season 0-3, the Lynx got on the board this week and went 2-1 last week. Player of the Week Seimone Augustus continues to live up to the billing and currently leads the WNBA in scoring with more than 22 points per game. The Lynx also put together one of the best team performances on WNBA history, scoring 114 points against the Sparks last week and setting several new WNBA records. Despite losing to Houston on Sunday, the Lynx have gotten the WNBA's attention .
Upcoming: at San Antonio, vs. Houston
11
1-4The Sting went 0-2 last week. They found themselves taking on the back-to-back defending Eastern Conference Champion Sun two times this week, coming up short in both contests. Charlotte struggled coming out of halftime and could not recover in an 89-71 loss on Saturday. Kelly Mazzante scored 13 points and Helen Darling added 11.
Upcoming: vs. Indiana, at Washington
12
Chicago (11)
1-5The Sky failed to win a game last week, going 0-3. After winning the first game of the season, the Sky have struggled on both the offensive and defensive end. Chicago trailed by nine at the half before dropping an 81-66 home decision to Detroit on Sunday. Amanda Lassiter scored a career-high 20 points, while Candice Dupree added 18 points and seven rebounds.
Upcoming: at Seattle, at Los Angeles
13
1-4The once-feared New York Liberty got off to an 0-4 start on the road this season before finally winning their home opener against the Los Angeles Sparks in overtime on Saturday. Cathrine Kraayeveld hit a clutch 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left in regulation and Shameka Christon scored the first five points of overtime. Becky Hammon led the way with 24 points, shooting a perfect 11-of-11 from the line.
Upcoming: vs. Connecticut, at Houston
14
Phoenix (12)
0-4While their offense got better this season, their defense got worse. The Mercury are giving up the most points in the WNBA and are the only team in the WNBA yet to win a game. The guard tandem of All-Star Diana Taurasi and rookie Cappie Pondexter are scoring a combined 43 points per game, but even that has not been enough to overcome their opponents.
Upcoming: vs. Sacramento, vs. Detroit
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