WNBA Player Rankings: Week 10

SECAUCUS, N.J., July 25, 2007 -- The gap in the Race to the MVP between Seattle's Lauren Jackson and the rest of the field was already huge.

After LJ's performance on Tuesday night, the only thing left to do is make sure they spell her name correctly on the trophy.

Although her team lost by a point in overtime to the Mystics, Jackson tied Phoenix's Diana Taurasi for the most points ever scored in a WNBA game by finishing with 47.

She made a league-record 18 field goals, pulled down 14 rebounds and committed just one turnover in a straight-out-of-a-video game performance.

The forward/center knocked down jumpers and attacked the basket on the way to coverting 18-of-28 shots. She scored 33 points after intermission and connected on 16 of her first 20 attempts.

Her previous career high for points was 35.

Line of the Week
Lauren Jackson (Storm)
July 24 loss vs. Mystics
47 points, 18-28 FG, 14 rebounds

Jackson is the greatest female basketball player to ever live. There, I said it. I dare you to prove me wrong.

The only negative mark against Jackson, who is among the league leaders in several categories, is the fact that the Storm's record is just 12-12. Still, that didn't prevent her from winning the MVP award in 2003 when Seattle failed to reach the playoffs.

Now here are the player rankings for the season through July 24.

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  • Race to the MVP - Overall Player Rankings

    1. Lauren Jackson, Seattle
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    23.8 10.1 1.3 0.9 2.0 .517 .868
  • Last Week's Rank - 1
    Barring injury, there is no way that Jackson doesn't win the league's biggest individual award. She is first in points and second in rebounds and blocked shots.

  • 2. Deanna Nolan, Detroit
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    17.7 3.9 4.3 1.5 0.4 .480 .804
  • Last Week's Rank - 3
    Cheryl Ford is hurt again, but with the way that Nolan is playing, it might not even matter. The Shock have won seven in a row. On Tuesday, she had 36 points and seven assists.

  • 3. Tamika Catchings, Indiana
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    16.6 9.0 4.7 3.1 1.1 .417 .820
  • Last Week's Rank - 2
    Catchings' MVP worth has actually gone up since she has been on the sidelines. Without their superstar, the Fever have lost three in a row.

  • 4. Becky Hammon, San Antonio
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    19.1 2.7 5.2 1.1 0.2 .477 .938
  • Last Week's Rank - 4
    The Silver Stars, who have won seven of eight, have been the biggest surprise of the season and Hammon deserves a lot of the credit for their turnaround.

  • 5. Diana Taurasi, Phoenix
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    17.2 4.1 4.1 1.3 1.0 .409 .856
  • Last Week's Rank - 5
    Taurasi is scoring less, but the team is winning more. Her other numbers across the board have been outstanding.

  • 6. Katie Douglas, Connecticut
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    17.8 4.5 4.0 2.0 0.3 .445 .800
  • Last Week's Rank - 8
    After a terrible start to the season, the Sun are the team most likely to upset the Shock in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Douglas is the top option for the always dangerous club.

  • 7. Sophia Young, San Antonio
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    15.9 6.1 1.3 1.3 0.4 .491 .750
  • Last Week's Rank - 10
    Young, who has reached double-digits in points in nine straight games, is one of the key players for the West-leading Silver Stars.

  • 8. Candice Dupree, Chicago
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    18.0 7.6 1.5 0.9 1.3 .456 .780
  • Last Week's Rank - 9
    A strong case could have been made in the beginning of the season that Dupree was the most dominant player in the WNBA. She has been struggling lately, failing to score at least 20 points in six straight games.

  • 9. Alana Beard, Washington
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    18.6 4.0 3.1 2.0 0.9 .419 .825
  • Last Week's Rank - 12
    The Mystics are making a late charge towards the postseason thanks to the all-around play of Beard.

  • 10. Penny Taylor, Phoenix
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    17.7 6.3 2.7 1.3 0.4 .500 .862
  • Last Week's Rank - 13
    Yes, Diana Taurasi is still the heart and soul of the team, but Taylor has been arguably the best offensive player in the league in the past 11 games.
  • On the Outside Looking In (season averages - last week's rank)
    11. Cheryl Ford (Detroit): 13.0 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 1.5 APG - (6)
    12. Rebekkah Brunson (Sacramento): 11.2 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 0.8 APG - (7)
    13. Asjha Jones (Connecticut): 15.7 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.7 APG - (11)
    14. Tina Thompson (Houston): 18.4 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.8 APG - (14)
    15. Lindsay Whalen (Connecticut): 13.1 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 5.0 APG - (Unranked)

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