WNBA.com Power Rankings: June 26, 2007

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Just like every Tuesday, it's time for the latest edition of the WNBA.com editorial staff's Power Rankings. Indiana edges out Detroit again for the top spot after the Shock fall in Sacramento, the Silver Stars are moving up in the world and the Comets stick in the cellar despite a 2-1 week. Take a look, and let us know what you think in our Fan Voice.

2007 WNBA.com POWER RANKINGS: Week 6
TEAM (last week)
W/L
NOTES
1
10-3 The Fever narrowly hang onto the No. 1 position after a 1-1 week. They fell Friday to the up-and-down Sun but looked impressive in pasting the Liberty in New York on Sunday. Everyone knows what a great defensive player Tamika Catchings is, but the rest of the team isn't too shabby either: they're allowing the fewest points per game in the league (69.3).
2
10-2 The Shock are scoring the second most points per game in the league and are getting contributions from different probable All-Stars (Katie Smith, Swin Cash, Deanna Nolan, etc.) every night. The two major reasons they're No. 2 are Saturday's loss to Sacramento and the continuing health problems of Cheryl Ford, who has missed four of the last five games with a sprained left knee.
3 9-4 The cream of the Western crop to this point, the Monarchs continue to win. They topped the Ford-less Shock on Saturday and won a low-scoring battle in Chicago on Tuesday, sandwiching an incredible double-OT loss to the Sparks on Friday. Like Detroit, Sacramento is getting offensive contributions from a multitude of players: they've had seven different leading scorers in their 13 games.
4 8-4 No ifs, ands or buts: the Silver Stars are the hottest team in the league. Western Conference Player of the Week Becky Hammon has taken this team on her shoulders despite the absence of coach Dan Hughes and led them to four straight victories, including two against her former Liberty teammates.
5
Phoenix (4)
8-7 The Mercury went 1-2 this week, losing by three to the defending champion Shock and by five in a shootout against the Mystics. Their win came against Houston on Sunday as Penny Taylor went off for 30. The impressive thing? It was all done without Cappie Pondexter, who has missed the last three games with a strained groin. Diana Taurasi also missed Sunday's tilt after earning a two-game suspension. Imagine how good they can be with everyone in the lineup and hitting on all cylinders.
6
6-6 The Storm managed to get a two-spot bump despite going 1-2. How? Depth. On a team that calls Lauren Jackson its star -- it's for good reason: she put up 35 and 10 in Sunday's win over L.A. -- Sue Bird and Janell Burse each had big games this week. All three could be headed to the All-Star Game in Washington D.C. and it's the range of scoring options that puts Seattle where they are this week.
7
7-6 Since their 5-0 start, the Liberty have quite simply looked like a different team. There are still spurts where their shots are falling, their rookies look like they're coming around and everything Patty Coyle touches turns to gold. But it's been happening a lot less of late. There is a lot of depth and promise on this team, but guard Erin Thorn will miss this week's entire road trip with a sprained ankle. Shameka Christon also missed Sunday's sloppy loss to Indiana with a stomach virus.
8 6-6 Having lost four of their last five, the Sparks seem to be feeling the effects of being without arguably their top three players from last year: Lisa Leslie (pregnancy), Chamique Holdsclaw (retirement) and Temeka Johnson (still recovering from knee surgery). Johnson's return is still slotted for the next few weeks, so that will help. Still, coach Michael Cooper is rumored to be considering some changes in the starting lineup, possibly adding recent pickup Sherill Baker and rookie Sidney Spencer to the mix.
9
6-7 There's no reason for disappointment in Chicago. The Sky have already won more games than all of last season. But they've fallen back below the .500 mark with their two losses last week and a trip to the rough and tumble West is on the horizon for this week. Candice Dupree has continued her amazing progress from her rookie year and remains one of the top candidates for an All-Star spot. Chasity Melvin has taken over the starting center role and has played well as one of the team's elder stateswomen. The other veteran, Dominique Canty, sprained her ankle over the weekend and will likely miss some time.
10 5-8 The Sun continue to struggle after it looked like they might turn it all around two weeks ago. They had lost five straight before they pulled out an improbable win on Friday at Indiana against the Fever, as Katie Douglas dropped 30. The next day, though, it was back to the dark side as they fell to the Silver Stars by 13. Regular All-Star Nykesha Sales missed Saturday's game with a sore ankle and Achilles' heel, but she is expected to be back on the court soon.
11
Minnesota (11)
4-10 Respectability is something we all strive for, and the Lynx have achieved it. They're not in the playoff race in the West nor are they likely to get there this season, but there are plenty of positives to draw on. Seimone Augustus is a gotta-be All-Star and is second in the league in scoring. Nicole Ohlde is becoming more of a reliable presence in the post. Rookie Lindsay Harding could be in line for some postseason hardware.
12
3-10 Respectability is something we all strive for, and the Mystics are close to achieving it. Having won in both Phoenix and Chicago this past week, they've crept within three games of a playoff spot in the East. Alana Beard and DeLisha Milton-Jones have both been impressive of late and Monique Currie is starting to make a tangible offensive contribution.
13
Houston (13)
2-11 It doesn't feel right leaving the Comets at the bottom after they earned two straight wins this past week. But they still have the worst record in the league. Crystal Smith and Hamchetou Maiga-Ba seem to be forming a solid pairing in the backcourt, they still have Tina Thompson and Michelle Snow up front and rookie Ashley Shields is even showing signs of a resurgence.
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