Jayda Evans’ power rankings
Last week’s rankings in parentheses
Rank Team Comment
1 (1) Atlanta Votes still being cast, but rookie Shoni Schimmel apparent front-runner in All-Star balloting.
2 (3) Phoenix Australian forward Penny Taylor just made first start since returning from knee surgery.
3 (2) Minnesota In back-to-back defeats, allowed Atlanta and Phoenix to score 50 points each in opening half.
4 (6) Indiana MVP Tamika Catchings (back) might not make season debut until after July All-Star break.
5 (4) Chicago Epiphanny Prince returned from overseas but team lost Elena Delle Donne (Lyme disease).
6 (12) Connecticut Trade pickup Alex Bentley went 22 of 36 from the field in Sun’s past three victories.
7 (11) Tulsa Courtney Paris shined during four-game winning streak and is candidate for most improved.
8 (5) Los Angeles Three-game skid is bad news for team that signed coach to new contract, had high hopes.
9 (7) Seattle Positive is road games against the Eastern Conference all done; negative is 2-4 finish.
10 (8) San Antonio Stars thump L.A. and Spurs win fifth championship, so everyone’s happy in San Antonio.
11 (9) Washington Mystics had 21 turnovers in defeat against Atlanta on Sunday, averaging 16.7 overall.
12 (10) New York Tina Charles demanded trade to Liberty; fans want better return than three straight defeats.