WNBA.com Power Rankings: June 5, 2007

SECAUCUS, N.J. — We're over two weeks into the 2007 regular season, and like every Tuesday, it's time for the latest edition of the WNBA.com editorial staff's Power Rankings. Detroit and Indiana retain the top two spots, New York jumps four places, the Silver Stars take over the top spot in the West and Washington and Houston continue to fall. Take a look, and let us know what you think in our Fan Voice.

2007 WNBA.com POWER RANKINGS: Week 3
TEAM (last week)
W/L
NOTES
1
4-0 The Shock hang onto the No. 1 spot, but not by much after they had 22 turnovers and were forced to rally to beat the winless Comets in Houston. Detroit also had 24 turnovers in their midweek pasting of the winless Mystics. Still, their depth makes them the best team in the league. Their scoring can come from almost anyone on the roster: this week, it was Swin Cash, Katie Smith and Cheryl Ford. Despite their sloppiness with the ball of late, they're loaded.
Upcoming: at New York, at Connecticut
2
4-0 Indiana came close to overtaking the defending champs, and the case can certainly be made that they should be on top. The Fever's depth is comparable to that of the Shock, and their frontcourt of Tamika Catchings, Tamika Whitmore, Tammy Sutton-Brown and Ebony Hoffman would match up favorably with Detroit's. Sixth man Tan White has also been on fire. Still, they didn't appear to have the killer instinct in a narrow four-point win over the Mystics and they have a tough four-game week ahead. We'll see...
Upcoming: at New York, vs. Houston, at Washington, vs. New York
3 4-2 You have to love the way Dan Hughes has put this team together. And he deserves a ton of credit for getting them to gel so quickly. Also deserving of credit is the inimitable Becky Hammon, who took home the Western Conference Player of the Week award as the Silver Stars went 2-1. Hammon throttled the Comets on their home floor with 26 points and nine assists and outplayed both Sue Bird and Betty Lennox in helping San Antonio to a solid win in Seattle. They lost in a scorching offensive performance from Phoenix, but imagine how good this team can be if Marie Ferdinand-Harris regains her All-Star form of several years ago.
Upcoming: at Sacramento, vs. Chicago
4 3-2 The Monarchs suffered a tough, one-point, midweek loss at Phoenix, but eked out a weekend win over their rivals in Los Angeles despite losing forward DeMya Walker to a knee injury, seemingly for the season. If Nicole Powell can come close to replicating her 19-point, eight-rebound effort against the Sparks, Sacramento won't miss a beat without Walker. Whatever the case, defense remains this team's trademark. They're allowing the second fewest points per game in the league and are tied for the lowest FG shooting percentage allowed.
Upcoming: vs. San Antonio, vs. Seattle, vs. Phoenix
5
4-0 The Liberty earned this four-spot bump in the rankings with Sunday's hard-fought home victory over a tough Phoenix team, especially after coming back from an 11-0 hole to start the game. Erin Thorn has cooled down a bit after her hot start, but she can still hit the 3-ball. Loree Moore can score and is an excellent floor leader, and Cathrine Kraayeveld is a mobile post player who can shoot from the outside. Rookies Jessica Davenport and Tiffany Jackson are improving and gaining more confidence with each game. It's hard to see this team on par with the league's elite, but they're far more competitive this season than even they could have expected.
Upcoming: vs. Indiana, vs. Detroit, at Indiana
6 2-2 Yes, Lisa Leslie is out for a while and Temeka Johnson hasn't stepped onto the court, but the Sparks will be a force in the Western Conference race. A time frame for Johnson's return isn't yet clear, but the team has to be delighted by the way Chamique Holdsclaw has stepped into the point guard role. Marta Fernandez has been a remarkably pleasant surprise as well, and fellow rookie Sidney Spencer more than doubled her career high in scoring, notching 22 points Saturday against the Monarchs.
Upcoming: vs. Minnesota
7
2-2 The Storm looked unbeatable in early wins over Houston and Phoenix, but struggled this week in away and home losses to San Antonio. Lauren Jackson has been remarkable, but Sue Bird, Betty Lennox and Iziane Castro Marques struggled from the floor and were collectively outplayed by the Silver Stars backcourt. But they don't play San Antonio again until July 7, so things are looking brighter. With a little more consistency from the guard position, they're a solid playoff team.
Upcoming: at Sacramento, vs. Minnesota
8 3-2 After an uncharacteristically poor start to the season, the Sun had an excellent week, scoring wins over Chicago and Phoenix. Eastern Conference Player of the Week Asjha Jones is largely to thank after scoring 31 and 24 points, respectively. Particularly against the Mercury, Connecticut looked like they did last year when they were the top seed in the East. Katie Douglas and Nykesha Sales were scoring from all over the court and Lindsay Whalen was getting her teammates the ball where they needed it. Le'coe Willingham and Erika DeSouza haven't exactly sparkled stepping in for the injured Margo Dydek, but they've been adequate. There's plenty of time for the Sun to come out and prove they're among the league's top squads.
Upcoming: at Houston, vs. Detroit
9
Phoenix (7)
4-3 "We've had too many highs, too many lows," said Cappie Pondexter, perfectly summing up the Mercury's troubles thus far in 2007. When they're on offensively, this is a team with incredible skill, style and swagger. But when they're even just a bit off, they're very beatable. This week, they scored superb wins against Sacramento and San Antonio, but were then thoroughly outplayed by Connecticut and lost a tough game in New York. They'll bounce back from the weekend, but the ups and downs are likely to continue.
Upcoming: vs. Minnesota, vs. Chicago, at Sacramento
10
Chicago (12)
3-3 The Sky are officially competitors in the East! They lost a tough overtime tilt against a resurgent Connecticut squad, but Candice Dupree has stepped up in a serious way. She scored 31 in the OT loss to the Sun, then led her team to solid victories Friday and Sunday over Washington and Minnesota. They haven't beaten a good team yet, but the more comfortable Dominique Canty gets at the point and the more involved Chasity Melvin can be down low, the more likely they are to stay in this playoff race.
Upcoming: at Phoenix, at San Antonio
11
0-6 The Mystics have taken over the mantle from the Sun as the league's most disappointing team. First, they trade Chasity Melvin for Monique Currie. Next, veteran Crystal Robinson retires. Then, Richie Adubato steps down and Tree Rollins takes over as interim head coach. On Friday, DeLisha Milton-Jones asked the home fans in Washington to bear with them through the team's changes. There is still plenty of talent on this team, certainly enough to bounce back from this start and get into the playoff race, but they're simply not clicking. Still, they've been close and showed plenty of promise in Sunday's narrow loss at Indiana.
Upcoming: vs. Indiana
12
Houston (11)
0-4 The loss of legend Sheryl Swoopes for 2-4 weeks with a bulging disc in her back certainly won't help, but there's some talent on this roster as well. Tina Thompson is still a slam-dunk All-Star and Michelle Snow is a serious threat down low. But Ashley Shields has cooled off after a blistering start and the Comets simply don't have a lot of players who can put the ball in the basket. Recent pickup Barbara Turner will help, but she's not the answer.
Upcoming: at Indiana, vs. Connecticut
13
Minnesota (13)
0-7 It's hard to cast a particularly positive light on an 0-7 start, but it's hard to expect a ton of wins from a team with five rookies on the roster. Seimone Augustus has been carrying the Lynx on the scoresheet and Nicole Ohlde has had a couple of very solid offensive games in the post. Rookie Lindsey Harding looks like the real deal and will be an All-Star in this league before too long, but Don Zierden and the Lynx simply don't yet have the horses to keep up with most of the teams in the WNBA.
Upcoming: at Phoenix, at Los Angeles, at Seattle
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