WNBA.com Power Rankings: May 29, 2007

The regular season is now over a week old, and like every Tuesday, here's the latest edition of the WNBA.com editorial staff's Power Rankings. Detroit and Indiana retain the top two spots, while five teams fight for supremacy in the West and Connecticut takes a tumble. Take a look, and let us know what you think in our Fan Voice.

2007 WNBA.com POWER RANKINGS: Week 2
TEAM (last week)
W/L
NOTES
1
2-0 Another week, another win for the defending champs. OK, so this one was against winless Minnesota, but there's no reason to move the Shock out of the top spot. With balanced scoring from Deanna Nolan, Cheryl Ford and Swin Cash, the improvement of Kara Braxton and the continually surprising contribution from Plenette Pierson, the Shock will be tough to budge.
Upcoming: vs. Washington, at Houston
2
2-0 Another week, another win for the Fever as well. Indiana's victory, though, was against a solid Sparks squad. Tamika Catchings remains a top MVP candidate after putting up 24 points, eight boards and five assists against L.A. And with Catch teaming with fellow All-Stars Tamika Whitmore and Tammy Sutton-Brown in the frontcourt, the Fever look like the likeliest squad to challenge the Shock in the East.
Upcoming: at Minnesota, vs. Washington
3 2-1 After a tough opening loss to Detroit, the Monarchs have looked very solid in road wins over Minnesota and Washington, who collectively are 0-7 on the season. Two reasons the Monarchs are on the rise? After playing only six minutes due to injury against the Lynx, Ticha Penicheiro played 23 minutes against the Mystics, putting up 10 points, six assists and four rebounds. Second, Yolanda Griffith looked more like her usual self, posting season highs with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Upcoming: at Phoenix, vs. Los Angeles
4 2-1 This week, the Sparks sandwiched a tough loss at home to the Fever with impressive wins at Chicago and at Connecticut. The 88-68 triumph against the Sun, particularly, provided plenty of evidence that L.A. will be in the mix in the West. Yes, Taj was solid against her former club, but Mwadi Mabika and Marta Fernandez both caught fire, notching 19 points apiece, and Chamique Holdsclaw looked like a natural filling in for Temeka Johnson at the point. Imagine how many points they'll score when she gets back.
Upcoming: at Sacramento
5 2-1 Wins over the likes of Connecticut and previously unbeaten Seattle should move you up four spots in the rankings. Becky Hammon is looking more and more at home with her new teammates each game, and Marie Ferdinand-Harris has come back solidly from her pregnancy. Erin Buescher hasn't missed a beat after her WNBA MIP award last season. This team could be dangerous if Dan Hughes' pieces continue to come together.
Upcoming: at Houston, vs. Phoenix, at Seattle
6
2-1 The Storm looked unbeatable until they were thoroughly outplayed in their loss at San Antonio. They still have arguably the league's best player in Lauren Jackson, who will continue to put up amazing numbers. They still have one of the league's top points in Sue Bird, they still have scoring from Betty Lennox and Iziane Castro Marques and they still have Janell Burse manning the middle. They'll bounce back.
Upcoming: vs. San Antonio
7
Phoenix (8)
2-1 Their run-and-gun style may not work all the time, but the Mercury will never be accused of inconsistency, at least in their approach. This week, Phoenix was simply outgunned by a better Seattle squad, then outran an outmanned Houston team behind 37 from Diana Taurasi. The Merc will run all season long with Cappie Pondexter, Penny Taylor and Kelly Miller, but the team could stick somewhere in the 5-9 range in the rankings.
Upcoming: vs. Sacramento, at San Antonio, at Connecticut, at New York
8 1-2 The Sun are without question the biggest disappointment so far this WNBA season. After an Opening Day win in Washington, they've gotten off to terrible starts against both San Antonio and Los Angeles, eventually losing both games at home. The All-Star trio of Katie Douglas, Nykesha Sales and Lindsay Whalen has been solid, but the Sun have been terrible on defense and Asjha Jones has struggled trying to replace Taj McWilliams-Franklin at power forward. Two wins this week could turn things around in a hurry.
Upcoming: at Chicago, vs. Phoenix
9
New York (11)
2-0

Yes, the Liberty are 2-0, tied with Detroit and Indiana atop the East. But the two teams they've beaten, Chicago and Washington, are a combined 1-5 on the year. Yes, Erin Thorn has been on fire and Shameka Christon is developing into a very solid WNBA player. Yes, they're on the way up and will still be better than experts predicted, but with the young roster the Liberty are sporting, they'll have to beat someone good to be taken as a legit playoff threat.
Upcoming: at Minnesota, vs. Phoenix

10 0-3 A playoff team in 2006, the Mystics have struggled to find their footing in 2007 under Richie Adubato. This week they lost to a very good Monarchs team and ran into the buzzsaw that is currently the New York Liberty, but like Seattle, they'll bounce back. Alana Beard is still playing her way into shape, and the addition of former Duke teammate Monique Currie (in a midweek trade for veteran Chasity Melvin) should shake things up, forcing Nakia Sanford and possibly even rookie Gillian Goring to step up in the middle.
Upcoming: at Detroit, vs. Chicago, at Indiana
11
Houston (10)
0-2 The Comets are not a bad team. How bad could they be with three Team USA players (Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson and Michelle Snow)? Rookie guard Ashley Shields also looks like the real deal, averaging 20.0 points a game despite her eight turnovers Friday. But Houston simply hasn't had the depth so far to keep up with the other teams in what is a very competitive Western Conference. And if Swoopes continues to have two-point nights, like she did in the Comets' 26-point loss to the Mercury, this will be a long rookie campaign for new coach Karleen Thompson.
Upcoming: vs. San Antonio, vs. Detroit
12
Chicago (12)
1-2 Sky coach Bo Overton earned his first win this week against Minnesota, so there's plenty of reason for positivity. Candice Dupree stepped up in a major way with 25, Dominique Canty and rookie Armintie Price will take on increased responsibility after the trade of Monique Currie and Chasity Melvin will help immensely in the paint. Chicago still has a long way to go, but the pieces are in place.
Upcoming: vs. Connecticut, at Washington, vs. Minnesota
13
Minnesota (13)
0-4 Yes, Minnesota has the league's worst record and lost at home this past week to a team that won five games in 2006. But hope springs eternal in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Seimone Augustus continues to score like there's no tomorrow. Nicole Ohlde appears to be awakening from her early season slumber after notching 18 and five against the Sky. And the Lynx have five -- count em, five! -- rookies on their roster, including two in the starting lineup. Lindsey Harding seems to mature with every game, and Don Zierden's addition of Tiffany Stansbury provided instant relief in the paint in the form of 13 rebounds.
Upcoming: vs. Indiana, vs. New York, at Chicago
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