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WNBA Power Rankings Week 3: Connecticut Sun Still Unbeaten

The Connecticut Sun, off to the best start in franchise history, top the WNBA Power Rankings rankings ahead of a big matchup with New York Liberty.

After five straight seasons reaching at least the semi-finals in the postseason, the Connecticut Sun are hungry to get its first WNBA title in franchise history. 

The Sun, off to the best start in franchise history, are one of seven teams in league history to start a season with nine straight wins. Next up are the New York Liberty, a 2023 WNBA finalist who knocked out the Sun in the semi-finals. 

Here’s our look at the latest WNBA Power Rankings. 

1. Connecticut Sun (9-0, 1st Eastern Conference)

The Sun easily handled both the Atlanta Dream (69-50) and the winless Washington Mystics (76-59) this week. 

The ageless DeWanna Bonner, third oldest player in the league, leads five players averaging in double figures with 19.1 points per game. 

Connecticut leads the league in several categories, most notably opponent points allowed (69.3 ppg) and point differential (10.9). The Sun host the New York Liberty next in a battle of the Eastern Conference’s top two teams.

2. New York Liberty (9-2, 2nd Eastern Conference)

The Liberty defeated Indiana, Chicago, and Atlanta by a combined 66 points this week to up their win streak to five games. 

Breanna Stewart had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the win over the Dream after she posted 33 points and 14 rebounds in the victory over the Sky. Both she and Las Vegas’s A’Ja Wilson have two MVP trophies. 

The race to see who gets their third will be a big league story this summer. 

3. Seattle Storm (7-3, 2nd Western Conference)

Ezi Magbegor, who just signed a contract extension, had 21 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks in the Storm’s 80-62 win over Phoenix on Tuesday and followed that with 14 points and 15 rebounds in a 78-65 defeat of Las Vegas last night. 

The victory was Seattle’s sixth in a row. Magbegor leads the team with 9.3 rebounds a game, leads the league with three blocks a contest, and is fourth on the team in scoring at 14.4 ppg.

4. Minnesota Lynx (7-3, 1st Western Conference)

Napheesa Collier is a serious MVP candidate. She leads the Lynx with 21.6 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals a game. She averaged 23 points in three games this week as Minnesota went 2-1.

5. Las Vegas Aces (5-3, 3rd Western Conference)

The Aces lost by 13 at home to Seattle last night despite 29 points and 11 rebounds from A’ja Wilson, who also became the first player in WNBA history to record at last 35 points, 10 rebounds, and five steals in a game as she had 36, 12, and six in Las Vegas’s 95-81 victory at Dallas midweek. 

Wilson currently leads the league in both scoring (28 ppg) and rebounding (12.3 rpg), and is also second in the league in blocks (2.6 ppg). 

6. Atlanta Dream (4-4, 3rd Eastern Conference)

It was a tough week for Atlanta, which lost handily to the Eastern Conference’s best at home. The Dream fell to Connecticut by 19 before losing by 17 to New York Thursday night. Rhyne Howard was held to a combined 15 points for the Dream in those two losses. 

7. Chicago Sky (4-5, 4th Eastern Conference)

The Sky split two home games this week, losing to New York by 13 before defeating the Mystics, 79-71, Thursday night. Chennedy Carter averaged more than 20 points in the two games. 

The fourth-year guard, who sat out last year for personal reasons and has been in the spotlight more for her hard foul on Caitlin Clark last week, has become a solid scoring option for the Sky, averaging 13.9 points a game. 

8. Phoenix Mercury (5-6, 4th Western Conference)

Kahleah Copper had 34 points as the Mercury knocked off Western Conference leading Minnesota last night. Diana Taurasi had 31 points as the Mercury defeated Los Angeles on Sunday, but went 0-for-6 from three-point range and scored just seven points in an 18-point defeat to Seattle. 

9. Los Angeles Sparks (3-7, 6th Western Conference)

Dearica Hamby averaged more than 20 points this week as the Sparks rebounded from two blowout losses to Phoenix and Minnesota with an 81-72 victory over Dallas last night. Hamby leads the team in scoring (20.6 ppg), rebounding (11.6 rpg), assists, and steals. 

10. Dallas Wings (3-6, 5th Western Conference)

The Wings are currently in a freefall, having lost four straight. Arike Ogunbowale averaged 25 points in three Dallas losses this week and is now second in the league in scoring at 26.6 per points per game. 

11. Indiana Fever (3-9, 5th Eastern Conference)

Caitlin Clark broke out of a mini slump with seven 3-pointers, a game-high 30 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in Indiana’s 85-83 victory over Washington in front of more than 20,000 last night. The Fever have won 2-of-3, but are still allowing a league-worst 89.8 points per game.  

12. Washington Mystics (0-11, 6th Eastern Conference)

Washington now owns the fourth longest skid to start a season in NBA history. The Mystics are scoring a league-worst 73.2 points per game.

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