One Sun In, One Sun Out
By Scott Stanchak, WNBA.com

June 10, 2010 -- This was not an easy week to sort out the rankings. Aside from Tina Charles� consistent play on both ends of the floor, no one really stepped up to give her much of a challenge. Don�t get me wrong, there were some strong performances � i.e. Epiphanny Prince�s 20 points against New York � but I�m looking for regularity, something Charles brings to the table. These players need to be posting those types of numbers the next night too, or at least come close, not randomly.

The No. 2 spot is definitely up for grabs after a poor shooting week by Minnesota�s Monica Wright. She�ll need to regain the form she had when dropping 32 points on Phoenix just about two weeks back. I didn�t hold it against her, but certainly will if the trend continues.

We also have a newcomer to the big board, one that forced me into the tough decision of bumping out Kelsey Griffin. I like Connecticut forward because of her total stats, but performance wise this past week, someone was just slightly better.

Don�t worry Sun fans; I�m sure there will be plenty of other times this season you�ll see your players dominating these rankings. Starting with Charles�

No. 1: Tina Charles, Connecticut Sun (1st pick)
GP
MPG
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
7 30.4 16.4 .506 0-1 10.6 0.6 0.9 1.6
Skinny: We're just three weeks into these rankings and it looks like Tina Charles could be in the top spot for quite some time. I'm not going to make any predictions, but her play is suggestive of that notion. In her two games since last Thursday, Charles posted 13 points and a season-high 15 rebounds against the Liberty and 19 points and 11 rebounds against San Antonio. That gives her six double-doubles in seven games. Charles' 16.9 points-per-game average puts her ninth in the league and her 10.6 rebounds-per-game places her second. Those are impressive numbers for a freshman, but should we expect anything less from a number-one pick?
Previous ranking: 1

No. 2: Monica Wright, Minnesota Lynx (2nd pick)
GP
MPG
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
9 25.7 12.1 .315 12-36 3.2 0.9 0.9 0.2
Skinny: Wright will remain in the second spot, despite totaling four points and three rebounds in each of her two games this week. She did pick up five steals between those two matchups though, which included tying a season-high with three against Tulsa. Wright's performance certainly affected her team, which lost by 13 to Tulsa and 38 to Indiana. Head coach Cheryl Reeve is going to need Wright to improve if the Lynx are going to be competitive.
Previous ranking: 2

No. 3: Epiphanny Prince, Chicago Sky (4th pick)
GP
MPG
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
9 19.6 9.4 .452 5-14 1.1 3.0 2.0 0.3
Skinny: Prince put on a show against the Liberty Tuesday night, dropping 20 points, which tied a season-high, and dishing out three assists. Impressively, Prince was 6-for-11 from the field and 2-for-4 from behind the arc. The first-year player out of Rutgers didn't score more than six points in each of her previous three games, which hurts her in the rankings, but if she can build off her big game, she'll certainly garner more attention here. Prince also is fourth in the league in steals after upping her average (2.0) with four against the Shock on Saturday.
Previous ranking: 5

No. 4: Natasha Lacy, Tulsa Shock (28th pick - 2008)
GP
MPG
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
7 23.6 8.4 .440 2-8 3.1 5.3 2.1 0.3
Skinny: Count Shock head coach Nolan Richardson as one of the many big fans of Lacy's play. The freshman guard has all the tools to be a major contributor and puts digits into numerous stat categories on a nightly basis. Lacy scored 13 points and dished out six assists in Tulsa's 92-79 win over Minnesota on Friday. It was a strong follow-up to her 15-and-5 game earlier in the week. On Saturday, however, she wasn't able to find the basket once in four attempts. While that's disappointing, Lacy contributed elsewhere, picking up four rebounds, seven assists and a steal. Thanks to those numbers, Lacy now ranks among the league's best in assists (5.3, 4th) and swipes (2.14, 3rd).
Previous ranking: 4


No. 5: Kalana Greene, New York Liberty (13th pick)
GP
MPG
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
7 16.9 5.9 .514 2-6 2.3 0.7 0.1 0.4
Skinny: Greene makes her Top 5 Rookie Rankings debut this week after a trio of impressive games over the last week. The New York Liberty guard has been strong off the bench for head coach Anne Donovan. Let's go back to Friday, where she posted a season-high 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting in a loss to Connecticut -- could playing against former college teammate Tina Charles have motivated her? Then, she poured eight on Indiana and seven on Chicago, along with three rebounds in each respective game. Greene is learning the position from one of the best in the game (Cappie Pondexter) so her numbers certainly could keep rising.
Previous ranking: NR

Honorable Mention:
  • Kelsey Griffin, Connecticut Sun (8.1 PPG, 1.3 APG, 5.4 RPG)
  • Jene Morris, Indiana Fever (5.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 SPG)
  • Taylor Lilley, Phoenix Mercury (5.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, .667 FG%)