WNBA.com Power Rankings: June 20, 2006

With an undefeated home record, the Los Angeles Sparks move up three spots to lead all teams in this weeks Power Rankings. Despite two road loses this week, the Connecticut Sun only dropped two spots to remain in the top 3, while the Washington Mystics are this week's most improved team, moving up from the number six spot to the second due to their dominance over each opponent this week and their first road win of the season.

2006 WNBA.com POWER RANKINGS: Week Four
TEAM (last)
1 8-3The Los Angeles Sparks remain undefeated at the Staples Center after winning three in a row at home last week. Behind Lisa Leslie's solid all-around performance (27pts,7rebs,8asts), the Sparks rolled past the Mercury on Tuesday, and continued their home court dominance by beating the Sun and Monarchs. Mwadi Mabika took the leading role and tied a league record with seven 3-pointers while scoring a season-high 27 points Sunday against the Monarchs.
Upcoming: vs. Houston, at Sacramento
2 7-3After losing their first three road games of the season, the Mystics finally overcame their homesickness when they blew out the Charlotte Sting 96-77 on Thursday. Washington proved they belong in the top five after winning all three of their games last week by an average of 18 points per game.
Upcoming: at New York, at Detroit
3 7-3The Connecticut Sun started the week with a five-game win streak and a number one spot in the Power Rankings, but ended the week on a two-game skid and a number three ranking. It would be unfair to place too much doubt and skepticism as road teams are beginning to struggle everywhere, but the Sun could not handle their two opponents' star players as the Lisa Leslie dropped 32 and the Mercury's Diana Taurasi turned in a 35 point performance.
Upcoming: at Charlotte, vs. Minnesota

With Sheryl Swoopes leaving the game early with an ankle injury on Wednesday, Tina Thompson led the attack with a 26 point performance as the Houston Comets won against Sacramento in OT. The Comets then went on to split the first two games of their current three-game road trip with a win at New York on Friday and a loss at Detroit on Saturday.
Upcoming: at Los Angeles, vs. Charlotte


The Fever won two overtime games last week as they finished the week with a 2-1 record. Led by Catchings' 30 point 9 rebound performance on Tuesday, the Fever avoided an upset in New York. On Friday Catchings was not as impressive as she was in their prior game, only scoring an uncharacteristic 3 points on 1-10 shooting. Luckily for the Fever, their star player bounced back as she joined Tamika Whitmore to provide a one-two punch and knocking out the Sting in their second overtime of the week on Sunday night.
Upcoming: vs. Chicago, at Phoenix

6 6-4If only the Silver Stars could play every game on the road.... After finally winning one at home last week, the Silver Stars won their fifth in a row on the road over the expansion Chicago Sky on Saturday to improve their road record to an incredible 5-0.
Upcoming: at Sacramento, at Seattle
6-4Cheryl Ford continues to be a force in the league. Behind Ford's averages of 15 points and 16.5 rebounds, the Shock beat up on the Fever and Comets to go 2-0 last week and are starting to look more consistent.
Upcoming: at Charlotte, vs. Washington
Seattle (10)

The Storm ended their five-game road trip, their longest of the season, with a 2-3 record, with losses coming at the hands of the Sun, Fever, and Monarchs, and wins against the Sky and Lynx. If Seattle wants to be an elite team in this league, they must find a way to beat the the better teams in the WNBA, even on the road.
Upcoming: vs. Phoenix, vs. San Antonio

9 5-5

The Monarchs finished last week 1-2 with their only win coming on Saturday over the Seattle Storm. Led by Kara Lawson's 13 second half points, the Monarchs rallied in the fourth to beat the Storm 76-74. On Sunday, Los Angeles' Mabika was too much as the Monarch's lost 80-69 in LA in an attempt to win their second in a row.
Upcoming: vs. San Antonio, vs. Los Angeles

5-6Seimone Augustus and the Minnesota Lynx bounced back from back-to-back losses to the Storm and Silver Stars earlier in the week by beating the Phoenix Mercury 94-82 on Sunday. Augustus responded back from a 7-point performance with her second 32 point game of the week on Sunday.
Upcoming: at Connecticut, vs. New York
Phoenix (11)
3-6There really is not much more Diana Taurasi can do to help the Mercury win. Taurasi scored 32, 35, and 23 in the Mercury's three games last week, which only amounted to a 1-2 record for Phoenix. However, the Mercury proved they could beat the leagues best by defeating the Sun, 91-86.
Upcoming: at Seattle, vs. Indiana
3-6The Sting played three games last week and lost all of them. After beating Indiana the week before in their only win in their past six games, the Fever got their revenge by defeating the Sting in overtime on Sunday, thus extending Charlotte's losing streak to three.
Upcoming: at Seattle, vs. Indiana
2-9This just isn't the year for New York basketball.... The New York Liberty went for their first back-to-back victories of the season on Tuesday, but Tamika Catchings' game winner at the buzzer in overtime saw the losing ways continue. The Liberty could not bounce back from that heartbreaking loss as they lost to Houston at home and Washington on the road to end the week 0-3.
Upcoming: vs. Washington, at Minnesota
Chicago (14)
1-8The Sky now have not won a game since May 20th, their first of the season. The Sky could not overcome a third quarter run by the Storm on Thursday as they lost 74-61, and continued to have a difficult expansion year as they lost to the Silver Stars 69-65 on Saturday.
Upcoming: at Indiana, vs. Connecticut