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NEW YORK, June 4, 2008 — Like every week during the season, it's time for the latest edition of the WNBA.com Power Rankings. Yes, the Sparks narrowly retain the top spot, but who would have thought that there would be one unbeaten team left in the league... and that they would come from the Land of 10,000 Lakes? The East is looking top-heavy and the defending champs finally have something to cheer about. Beyond that, there's plenty of room for discussion.

Take a look at our full list below, then let us know what you think in our Fan Voice. Post your own Power Rankings and discuss them with your fellow fans.

2008 WNBA.com POWER RANKINGS: June 4
TEAM (last week's ranking)
W/L
NOTES
1 4-1 Yes, this week saw the Sparks' first loss of the Candace Parker era and a narrow OT victory Wednesday in Chicago. But the Sparks are still the league's biggest, best all-around team. When Parker fouled out against the Sky, both Lisa Leslie and DeLisha Milton-Jones stepped up in major ways to guide the team to victory.
2
5-0 After a 10-24 campaign in 2007 and a preseason injury to Lindsey Harding, did you really think Minnesota would be the league's last unbeaten team? Rookies Candice Wiggins, Nicky Anosike and Charde Houston are playing far beyond expectations, Seimone Augustus is continuing the stellar kind of play that earned her a spot on the Olympic team and Anna DeForge's veteran leadership is proving to be an important part of keeping these youngsters happy and energized. Don Zierden gets our Coach of the Year vote so far.
3
5-1 Since an opening weekend loss to the Lynx (see above), the Shock have been a perfect 4-0. They'll face a tough test tonight against the Storm and former Shock All-Star Swin Cash, but Plenette Pierson has been a beast down low so far despite not yet starting a game and Deanna Nolan looks to be recovering nicely from an early injury. Cheryl Ford is third in the league in rebounding and could play a major role in the paint tonight as she matches up against Lauren Jackson and Yolanda Griffith.
4
3-2 It's fitting that the Fever sit just behind the Shock in the rankings, as Indiana has already twice sat just behind Detroit when the final buzzer sounds in 2008. Yes, the historical problem of losing to Detroit has continued this season, but a 75-46 win over previously unbeaten Connecticut and a subsequent victory over L.A. prove that the Fever are a force to be reckoned with. Katie Douglas may be the league's MVP so far this season, Tan White and Ebony Hoffman have both stepped up their scoring and Indiana has by far the league's stingiest defense, allowing just 65.4 ppg. All of this is without Tamika Catchings, too.
5 5-1 The Sun stumbled -- HARD -- against former star Katie Douglas and the Fever last week, but Mike Thibault continues to get the very most out of vets Lindsay Whalen and Tamika Whitmore, both of whom are averaging well above their career marks in scoring. Barbara Turner has been an enormous help off the bench since returning to the land of her college ball and Sandrine Gruda should continue to improve as she gets more and more used to the American game.
6
5-2 The Storm were soundly beaten Tuesday by the Liberty in New York and face another tough test tonight in Detroit, but this is still a profoundly talented team. On the rare occasion when Lauren Jackson isn't on, Sue Bird or Sheryl Swoopes or Swin Cash or Yolanda Griffith is more than capable of stepping up. Provided everyone stays healthy, there's no reason the Storm won't stay near the top in the West.
7
2-3 It's fair to assume that the Liberty will hover around the .500 mark all season long, but in an Eastern Conference with so much parity, that could well earn them a spot in the playoffs. Tuesday night's win was a breakout game for Shameka Christon, who is quietly leading the team in scoring at 15.6 ppg and shooting 48 percent from three-point range. Rookie Essence Carson got her first start on Tuesday and provided quickness and energy at both ends and Tiffany Jackson is showing the speed and skill to be a dangerous post player.
8
2-3 Sacramento hasn't played up to the level many expected this season, and a big reason is that their long-vaunted defense has allowed 75.6 ppg, fifth worst in the WNBA. Couple that with an anemic scoring average of 69.8 ppg and their record ought not be that surprising. Rebekkah Brunson continues her surge toward WNBA stardom and Kara Lawson has stepped nicely into a starting role. Center Adrian Williams-Strong is having one of the better starts of her career and rookie Laura Harper has been a solid contributor off the bench. But between getting Nicole Powell more touches and stepping it up at the defensive end, the Monarchs still have work to do.
9
Phoenix (11)
1-4 The Mercury finally earned their first win of the season -- and the first of new coach Corey Gaines' career -- last night against the Mystics. And despite their less-than-stellar start to the campaign, you have to be impressed with the production of Cappie Pondexter and Diana Taurasi. Both were named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, they are the top two scorers in the WNBA and they have carried the defending champs, who otherwise return only Tangela Smith, Kelly Miller, Kelly Mazzante and Jen Derevjanik from their championship team of last year.
10 2-3 Tuesday's loss to the previously winless Comets shows just how far Dan Hughes' crew has to go. Yes, they've handled Phoenix and spanked Seattle at home, but last night's loss dropped them to 0-3 on the road. Becky Hammon came alive with 20 points and seven assists after several subpar performances and Sophia Young continues to impress, but they've been without Ruth Riley for two games with a sprained ankle and Ann Wauters is still re-adjusting to the American game.
11
1-4 Despite last night's defeat and the loss for 4-6 weeks of Sylvia Fowles, who injured her knee making a remarkable third-quarter block, the Sky should be happy with taking the Sparks to overtime, right? "I don't want these moral victories," Sky coach Steven Key told the Chicago Sun-Times. "We will find some positives out of this." How about these? (1) They stayed with the Sparks despite only three points from Rookie of the Year Armintie Price. (2) Two-time All-Star Candice Dupree scored her second straight double-double and continues to put up terrific numbers. It's obvious that getting Fowles back healthy is at the top of the priority list, but once that occurs, the Sky have the ability to make the playoffs in the wide-open East.
12
2-4 Alana Beard has been ridiculous for the Mystics after missing their opener, averaging 20.6 ppg including a season-high 33 last night against the Mercury. And even with solid play inside from Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Nakia Sanford, the Washington offense has struggled to a league-low 69.0 ppg. They're getting outscored by over six points a game on average, second worst in the league to the Dream. Tree Rollins' crew is leading the league in three-point percentage at .389 (including Laurie Koehn's remarkable .636 clip), but their opponents are shooting a combined .420 from beyond the arc.
13
Houston (13)
1-5 Congrats to Karleen Thompson and her no-longer-winless Comets on their first triumph of the season. Tina Thompson is still remarkable at age 33, a point that is backed up by her inclusion on the Olympic team last weekend. Rookie Matee Ajavon continues to impress (10.8 ppg) as well, but veterans Michelle Snow, Shannon Johnson and Mwadi Mabika need to be more consistent to complement the young and more impetuous talent on the roster.
14
Atlanta (14)
0-5 Everyone knew the Dream would struggle in their inaugural season, and they have. But there are positives to consider: Betty Lennox is among the league's leading scorers at 19.8 ppg. First-round pick Tamera Young had nine points and five rebounds in her first game as a starter last night against the Lynx, a game in which Jennifer Lacy also tied her career-high with 16 points. Marynell Meadors has a long way to go with this group, but there's plenty of young talent to keep things interesting in the WNBA's newest market.
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