WNBAINSIDR POWER RANKINGS: Week 2

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.

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1. Connecticut Sun (Last week: 3 | record: 3-0)

The Sun were able to beat the Sparks in the matchup of the Ogwumike sisters and then went on to handle the winless Fever on Saturday. Connecticut looks like one of the top teams in the league right now. They have a great mix of talent. Curt Miller knows how to maximize his talent on both ends of the floor and has one of the best looking offensive systems in the WNBA. The Sun have had the benefit of going up against two teams that will most likely miss out on the postseason in Las Vegas and Indiana, but if they can handle all the top teams like they did Los Angeles, the Sun should be in good shape this season.  -- Nicholas LeTourneau

2. Los Angeles Sparks (Last week: 1 | record: 3-1)

The Sparks capped the week off with the best result they could have hoped for: the return of Candace Parker. A healthy Parker is more important than wins or losses at this point in the season. Parker was slightly rusty in her return to action, but the Sparks have been a well-oiled machine with or without her, especially on defense. Alana Beard, Odyssey Sims, Chelsea Gray and Co. have made life miserable for opposing guards and consistently given Los Angeles the edge in turnovers. -- Brady Klopfer

3. Washington Mystics (Last week: 6 | record: 4-0)

The Mystics’ bench scored an eye-popping points in their 90-78 win over the defending champion Lynx. Rookies Ariel Atkins and Myisha Hines-Allen combined for 29 points. The Mystics were down as many as 18 points in the first quarter, but they willed their way to victory to remain undefeated.  -- Jasmine Brown 

4. Seattle Storm (Last week: 8 | record: 3-1)

Seattle has adjusted and bounced back from its season-opening loss to win three straight games. Jewel Loyd has been an efficient scorer, averaging 26 points over the last three games while shooting close to 50 percent from the field. Natasha Howard's defensive presence has been felt as she continues to provide rim protection. The Storm's pieces are clicking and they'll have a great test when they face the undefeated Mystics (4-0) on Tuesday. -- Jameelah Johnson

5. Minnesota Lynx (Last week: 2 | record: 2-2)

The Lynx rebounded from a season-opening loss to the Sparks by handily beating the Wings and just squeezing by the Liberty before getting demolished by the Mystics on Sunday. The same issues that plagued the Lynx against the Sparks have played a key role in all of their games so far -  a lack of bench production. If it wasn’t for the Wings having an off shooting night and if the Liberty were able to capitalize on just a couple more opportunities, we could be talking about how Minnesota is 0-4 on the season. The Mystics were able to show everyone that a deep bench is all it takes to win the war of attrition against the Lynx. -- Nicholas LeTourneau

6. Phoenix Mercury (Last week: 4 | record: 2-2)

After opening up the season 2-0, the Mercury came back to Earth with a pair of losses this week. Phoenix dropped the second half of a home-and-home to Seattle 87-71 on Wednesday. On Sunday, Phoenix blew a fourth-quarter lead on the road and lost to the Sparks, 80-72. It was another poor night of three-point shooting for the Mercury, but the positive was the breakout performance of newcomer Sancho Lyttle, who finished with 20 points. -- Pat Ralph 

7. Dallas Wings (Last week: 5 | record: 2-2)

The Wings look to finish their three-game road trip with back-to-back wins as they head to New York to take on the Liberty on Tuesday. The Wings and star duo of Skylar Diggins-Smith and Liz Cambage dominated the Dream for the second time this season, defeating them 78-70 in Atlanta on Saturday. -- Dorothy Gentry 

 8. Chicago Sky (Last week: 7 | record: 2-2)

Despite a .500 record, the Sky should be wildly encouraged by their results and the team feels dangerously close to putting all their pieces together. Rookie Diamond DeShields continues to play with the poise and smarts of a season vet, while Allie Quigley has been nothing short of phenomenal. The bench has reliably put Chicago in position to win games. Amber Stocks has turned to her bench early and often, and the results have warranted it, as the Sky's commitment to ball movement has really shined when the subs are in. -- Brady Klopfer

9. Atlanta Dream (Last week: 9 | record: 1-2)

Atlanta is still trying to find the right balance with their new coach and different rotations. Coach Collen made it a point to address the minutes distribution between Angel McCoughtry, Tiffany Hayes and Brittney Sykes, saying she wants to see Sykes get more playing time. Defense and effort have not been a question for the Dream but their shooting was under 30 percent in their home opener against the Wings. Once they are able to maximize those open shots at the rim, their offense will open up. -- Jameelah Johnson

10. New York Liberty (Last week: 10 | record: 0-2)

In their home opener on Friday at their new arena, the Liberty fell to the Lynx, 78-72. While New York fell to 0-2 on the season, Tina Charles finished with her signature double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds.  Rookie Kia Nurse continued her strong early season play, scoring 14 points off the bench. Averaging over 15 points per game to start the season, Nurse is emerging as a nice scoring option for New York. -- Pat Ralph 

11. Las Vegas Aces (Last week: 11 | record: 0-3)

A’ja Wilson’s 27 points were not enough for the Aces to overcome the Storm in their home opener. It is going to take time for Las Vegas to come together. However, the Aces are not folding over and letting teams roll over them. They just have to find the willpower to finish through the fourth quarter. -- Jasmine Brown 

12. Indiana Fever (Last week: 12 | record: 0-5)

The growing pains continue for the Fever. It's true they are one of the youngest teams in the league, but at some point they're going to have to find a way to win. They have plenty of time to figure things out. They don't play again until Saturday when they host the also-struggling Liberty. -- Dorothy Gentry