WNBA.com Power Rankings: July 21, 2009
Like every Tuesday during the season, it's time for the latest edition of the WNBA.com Power Rankings.
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Note: These rankings reflect games played through July 20.
|2009 WNBA.com POWER RANKINGS: July 21|
|TEAM (last ranking)||W / L||NOTES|
|11-3||The winning streak may have ended, but the Fever's reign at the top of the Power Rankings does not. After rattling off 11 straight W's I guess every team is allowed to have an off shooting night. That's exactly what happened in Connecticut on Sunday as the Fever shot 28.8 percent from the field in a 67-61 loss to the Sun.
Looking back: 7/15 vs CHI (W 84-74), 7/17 vs ATL (W 84-79), 7/19 @ CON (L 67-61)
Looking ahead: 7/21 @ WAS, 7/23 @ SAN
|12-4||With Indiana's winning streak snapped, the Mercury now take the title of the hottest team in the league with six straight wins. Also on a streak of her own is Cappie Pondexter, who was just named Western Conference Player of the Week for a third consecutive week.
Looking back: 7/15 vs SAC (W 100-81), 7/18 vs DET (W 97-90)
Looking ahead: 7/22 vs MIN, 7/26 @ NY
|8-6||The Sun are playing their best ball of the season heading into the All-Star break as they have rattled off three straight wins this week. Connecticut welcomed back Amber Holt from a broken hand, but lost Tamika Whitmore to arthroscopic knee surgery. Will Mike Thibault ever field a complete and healthy squad this year? If so, watch out.
Looking back: 7/14 vs LA (W 82-71), 7/17 @ SAN (W 72-64),
7/19 vs IND (W 67-61)
Looking ahead: 7/22 vs SAC
|10-6||The All-Star break is coming at a good time for Seattle, which has played (and won) the last two games without All-Star Lauren Jackson (Achilles' tendon strain). While they have won without Jackson so far, there is no doubt that they need her healthy for the second-half run to the playoffs.
Looking back: 7/15 vs DET (L 66-63), 7/17 @ SAC (W 69-56),
7/19 vs MIN (W 72-69)
Looking ahead: 7/22 vs LA
|9-7||The Lynx have lost three of their last four games and face red-hot Phoenix in their final game prior to the All-Star break. However, the Lynx maintain a strong hold on the third spot in the West standings behind the play of All-Star reserves Nicky Anosike and Charde Houston.
Looking back: 7/15 vs ATL (L 91-77), 7/19 @ SEA (L 72-69)
Looking ahead: 7/22 @ PHX
|7-6||The Mystics could have easily gone 2-0 or 0-2 this week as both of their games were decided by a single point. They settle for a 1-1 split with a loss to San Antonio (where their fourth quarter rally fell short) and a win against New York (where they were the ones fending off a furious rally). Lindsey Harding continues to elevate her game, avergaing 17 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists in her last eight games.
Looking back: 7/15 vs SA (L 79-78), 7/18 vs NY (W 68-67)
Looking ahead: 7/21 vs IND, 7/23 vs CHI, 7/26 vs SAC
|8-8||The Sky rebounded from their four-game losing streak to win two of their last three games and currently sit in fourth place in the East with a .500 record. All-Star week does not off much relief for the Sky as they have back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday and then send three players (Fowles, Dupree, Perkins) to Connecticut for the All-Star Game.
Looking back: 7/15 @ IND (L 84-74), 7/19 vs SA (W 85-75)
Looking ahead: 7/22 vs. NY 7/23 @ WAS
San Antonio (6)
|6-8||The Silver Stars remain an enigma that I can't seem to figure out as the defending Western Conference champs have some impressive wins and some head-scratching losses. With the returns of Ann Wauters and Shanna Crossley on the horizon, the Silver Stars have the makings of a second-half run.
Looking back: 7/15 @ WAS (W 79-78), 7/17 vs CON (L 72-64),
7/19 @ CHI (L 85-75)
Looking ahead: 7/23 vs IND
|7-10||The Dream started the past week off right, with an impressive road win over the Lynx. They followed it up with a pair of road loss (albeit close ones) to Indiana and New York, dropping them to 2-7 on the road this season. After they face the Shock in Detroit on Wednesday a pair of Dream players - Sancho Lyttle and Erika de Souza will head to Connecticut to play in their first All-Star Game.
Looking back: 7/15 @ MIN (W 91-77), 7/17 @ IND (L 84-79),
7/19 @ NY (L 89-86)
Looking ahead: 7/22 @ DET
New York (11)
|5-8||Shameka Christon had a heck of a week, averaging 26.5 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks a game. She was rewarded with Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors and a trip to the first All-Star Game of her six-year career. However, her Liberty are currently tied with Detroit for the worst record in the East. Christon will need some help if the Liberty hope to climb the ranks.
Looking back: 7/18 @ WAS (L 68-67), 7/19 vs ATL (W 89-86)
Looking ahead: 7/22 @ CHI, 7/23 vs SAC, 7/26 vs PHX
|5-8||I know I've said this before, but is this the time that the defending champs start to make their run? The Shock picked up two wins in three games (all on the road) this week. While Indiana is head and shoulders above the field in the East, the rest of the teams remain bunched up, with only 2.5 games separating second place from last place, where the Shock stand in a tie with New York.
Looking back: 7/15 @ SEA (W 66-63), 7/18 @ PHX (L 97-90),
7/19 @ SAC (W 69-65)
Looking ahead: 7/22 vs ATL
Los Angeles (8)
|4-8||Life on the road continues for the Sparks as they play their next four games away from STAPLES Center, where they are 1-7 on the year. If they can survive this road trip and stay in contention, they close the season with 13 of their last 18 games at home.
Looking back: 7/14 @ CON (L 82-71)
Looking ahead: 7/22 @ SEA
|3-13||The second John Whisenant era got off to a rough start with three straight losses. Now the Monarchs hit the road - where they are 1-8 on the season - for their next three games. If the Monarchs are going to salvage their season, they need to put some wins together and do so in a hurry.
Looking back: 7/15 @ PHX (L 100-81), 7/17 vs SEA (L 69-56),
7/19 vs DET (L 69-65)
Looking ahead: 7/22 @ CON, 7/23 @ NY, 7/26 @ WAS