WNBAINSIDR POWER RANKINGS: Week 13

Every Monday during the regular season, Maurice Brooks and Aryeh Schwartz will rank the WNBA teams from 1 to 12. Also, Insidr beat writers will provide interesting tidbits on each team that they cover.

1. Seattle Storm (Last week: 1 | record: 26-8)

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Seattle did not lose steam heading into the playoffs, clinching the No. 1 seed with their win over the New York Liberty. They won all three of their final regular season games last week. Although the scoring was more balanced in the wins, they were ultimately led by their MVP, Breanna Stewart, who had double-doubles in two of the three games and scored in double digits for all three. The Storm begin their playoffs on Sunday, August 26. -- Jameelah Johnson

2. Atlanta Dream (Last week: 2 | record: 23-11)

The Dream secured the No. 2 seed with their win over the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday. Every game since Angel McCoughtry's injury, there has been a different player stepping up and coach Nicki Collen knows how to capitalize on that depth. In their only loss for the week, the Dream saw Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi and DeWanna Bonner put up double-doubles while losing Brittney Sykes to the foul game. Atlanta heads into the playoffs with their first game on Sunday, August 26th. -- Jameelah Johnson

3. Washington Mystics (Last week: 3 | record: 22-12)

The Mystics are a three seed in the playoffs and before the season started, it was a question of how they would play without Emma Meesseman. That question was answered and the answer is pretty well. Rookie Ariel Atkins has played beyond her years and has given the Mystics a much needed boost this year. They clinched a double bye so they have a little bit of rest, but the way they have been playing it seems that they are set to face anyone who gets in their way of the championship. -- Jasmine Brown

4. Connecticut Sun (Last week: 5 | record: 21-13)

The Sun finished off the regular season on a four-game win streak with key wins over the Wings, Lynx and Sparks this past week. They head into playoff action with a bye and will face the winner of Dallas vs. Phoenix in a single-elimination contest played on Tuesday night. The second round will be played Thursday, August 23rd in Connecticut at 8:30 p.m. ET and can be see on ESPN2. -- Rachel Galligan

5. Phoenix Mercury (Last week: 6 | record: 20-14)

The Mercury finished the regular season on a four-game win streak to claim the No. 5 seed in the upcoming playoffs. Phoenix picked up a huge home win this Friday night when it got past Atlanta, 104-95, behind 81 combined points from its All-Star trio. The Mercury closed out the regular season on Sunday afternoon with a 96-85 win over the Liberty in which they dominated New York on both ends of the floor. The Mercury will host the Wings in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday night. -- Pat Ralph

6. Los Angeles Sparks (Last week: 4 | record: 19-15)

L.A. enters the playoffs in a bit of a slump. They have the ability to play at a championship level, but since they fell to the sixth seed, they’ll need to play to their ceiling if the want to advance in the playoffs. They’re one of the best teams in the league, but also one of the most inconsistent, and they need to be more of the former than the latter.  -- Brady Klopfer

7. Minnesota Lynx (Last week: 7 | record: 18-16)

Following a regular season win over the Washington Mystics, the Lynx finished in seventh place. They will head to Los Angeles where they will take on the Sparks in a single-game elimination first round matchup on Tuesday. Lindsay Whalen was celebrated in her final two regular season contests on the road against the Connecticut Sun and at home versus the Mystics. Whalen's announced her retirement early last week that the 2018 season would be her last. -- Rachel Galligan

8. Dallas Wings (Last week: 8 | record: 15-19)

After a tumultuous season racked with injuries, trades, new faces, record-setting performances, a franchise-record 5-game win streak, a head-scratching nine-game losing streak and the firing of its head coach with only three games  left in the season, the Dallas Wings hung on for dear life and secured the eighth seed in the playoffs. They will face the Phoenix Mercury - a team they lost the season series to 2-1 - Tuesday night in a win-or-go-home match. -- Dorothy Gentry

9. Las Vegas Aces (Last week: 9 | record: 14-20)

The Aces are eliminated from the playoffs, but they battled for a playoff spot up until the end of the season. There’s nothing to be ashamed about. A’ja Wilson is primed to be Rookie of the Year and based off of this season, there is nowhere but up for this team. -- Jasmine Brown 

10. Chicago Sky (Last week: 10 | record: 13-21)

A tumultuous season has ended for Chicago. The results weren’t there, but the foundation has been laid. This team will likely make the playoffs next year, and for many years to come.  -- Brady Klopfer

11. Indiana Fever (Last week: 12 | record: 6-28)The Indiana Fever finished the season with a 97-92 win over the Chicago Sky. The last  place team surely didn't have this ending in mind when they started out. Rookie Kelsey Mitchell showed brilliant flashes all season long of what a powerful WNBA player she will become and the mid-season addition  of veteran Cappie Pondexter added some spark and energy to this team that has nowhere to go but up. -- Dorothy Gentry

12. New York Liberty (Last week: 11 | record: 7-27)

The Liberty closed out the regular season losing 13 straight games to finish the year with the second-worst record in the league. It is the first time since 2014 that the franchise finished the year without a winning record and a playoff bid. New York began its four-game West Coast trip with a 74-66 loss to the Sparks this past Tuesday night. On the second night of a back-to-back, the Liberty lost to the Aces 85-72. New York was then defeated by the league-best Storm 85-77 on Friday night and on Sunday afternoon by the Mercury 96-85. -- Pat Ralph