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That was until the Seattle Storm put the kibbosh on the Lynx's buzz Sunday with an explosive win against the reigning champions.
The Storm weren't the only team in this week's rankings that proved it would be foolish to write off any of the lower ranked teams in the league. Time to rank 'em!
|2012 WNBA.com POWER RANKINGS: 6/18|
|TEAM (last week)||W / L||NOTES|
The Minnesota Lynx set the league record with a 10-0 opening winning streak last week, only to be brought down to Earth a few days later by the Seattle Storm. Still, one loss is only a drop in the bucket compared to how well the Lynx are playing this season. At 10-1, the team is playing some of the best team basketball the league has seen in quite some time.
Upcoming Games: 6/21 vs. New York, 6/23 vs. Chicago
Chicago continues to play impressive basketball with the second best record in the league at 7-2. But that could quickly change this week. In the team's loss against the Fever over the weekend, Epiphany Prince left the game on crutches with a foot injury and it remains to be seen how serious it is. She's the league's leading scorer and her loss could be a significant blow to the Sky despite the fact the team still has Sylvia Fowles to keep them fiercely competitive.
Upcoming Games:6/23 @ Minnesota, 6/27 vs. Indiana
The Indiana Fever gain ground on the rankings after an impressive 14-point win against the Sky over the weekend. Jessica Davenport lead the team with 19 points with double-digit scoring help from Briann January and Tamika Catchings. The team might not have the record yet to show for it, but they have potential to be one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference if they continue to put up fierce numbers like this.
Upcoming Games: 6/19 @ Connecticut, 6/21 vs. Connecticut
The Connecticut Sun's bump down in the rankings has more to do with the Fever racking up a tougher win over the weekend. Sure the Sun beat the Atlanta Dream 75-73 to give them the top ranking in the Eastern Conference, but the Dream's star player Angel McCoughtry was sidelined during the game with an injury. That being said, Tina Charles continues to put up explosive numbers for the Sun racking up 23 points and 22 rebounds in the game against the Dream proving the Sun is by no means an unworthy competitor on the rankings board. Expect this to possibly be the lowest you'll see the Sun ranked on the board this season if they continue to play the way they are.
Upcoming Games: 6/19 vs. Indiana, 6/21 @ Indiana
Los Angeles (4)
The Sparks were dealt two gut-wrenching losses over the weekend including one to the San Antonio Silver Stars in a heart-pumping game that ended in overtime. But all is not lost as Candace Parker continues to rack up 20-30 points a game easily making her one of the top players in the league. The Sparks still have one of the best records in the league at 7-3 so don't expect them to stay even this low in the rankings for long.
Upcoming Games:6/18 vs. Washington, 6/20 vs. Tulsa
San Antonio (7)
What a game. The Silver Stars beat the Los Angeles Sparks in an overtime match that had fans on the edge of their seat the entire game. Becky Hammon and Sophia Young each put up 24 points that helped the Silver Stars beat one of the top teams in the Western Conference. The win helps the team improve their record to .500 and expect them to move up in the rankings as the weeks go on if they continue to play at this level.
Upcoming Games: 6/22 @Seattle, 6/24 @ Los Angeles
No team is dominating the WNBA headlines from the weekend like the Seattle Storm after shutting down the Minnesota Lynx's winning streak on Sunday. The Lynx trailed the Storm for pretty much the entire game and just didn't have enough to beat the Storm. Sue Bird racked up 21 points in the game and Tina Thompson picked up some clutch rebounds and free throws that helped the Storm close the game with an impressive win. The Storm's win deserves celebration, but at 3-7 the team still has their work cut out for them if they want to stay even this high in the rankings in the weeks to come.
Upcoming Games: 6/22 vs. San Antonio, 6/24 vs. Washington
The Atlanta Dream started off the weekend with an impressive win against the Los Angeles Sparks but came off the win with a tough loss to the Connecticut Sun on Sunday. Even worse, Angel McCoughtry racked up 31 points against the Sparks only to be sidelined during the Sun game with a foot injury. It remains to be seen how serious McCoughtry's injury is, but with her out is bad news for the Dream.
Upcoming Games: 6/19 vs. New York, 6/24 @ New York
The Washington Mystics jump a few spots in the rankings after squeaking by with a 67-66 win over the Indiana Fever, one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. But at 2-7, the Mystics, who essentially gutted its entire roster in the offseason, still need improvements to hone in on if they want to move up higher in the rankings.
Upcoming Games: 6/18 @ Los Angeles, 6/20 @ Phoenix
New York (9)
The New York Liberty continue to have trouble getting into a groove this season after another loss to the Connecticut Sun over the weekend. Even more to be concerned about is the fact the Sun beat them by 42 points in the game. The Liberty have consistently made the playoffs over the past few years, but playing basketball like this makes their path to the top a daunting one this season.
Upcoming Games: 6/19 @ Atlanta, 6/21 @ Minnesota
The Tulsa Shock picked up their very first win over the weekend beating the Phoenix Mercury by 12 points. Riquna Williams racked up 19 points for the Shock with 15 of them scored in the 4th quarter. Despite the tiny bump the team got from beating the Mercury, it's hard to paint a rosy picture for having a 1-9 record. The team still has a lot to prove if they want to recover from being the worst team in the league last season.
Upcoming Games: 6/20 @Los Angeles, 6/23 vs. Tulsa
The Phoenix Mercury lost to the Tulsa Shock over the weekend. Ironically, the Mercury's only two wins this season have come against the Shock. After already losing their star Diana Taurasi to injury earlier this season, during the Shock game the Mercury's other star player Candice Dupree left the game early with a knee injury. Things aren't looking good for the Mercury and time will tell how much losing their top two players will hurt them this season.
Upcoming Games: 6/20 vs. Washington, 6/24 @ Seattle