WNBAINSIDR POWER RANKINGS: Week 3

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.

 Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune, via Associated Press

Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune, via Associated Press

1. Connecticut Sun (Last week: 1 | record: 5-0)

The Sun are the only remaining unbeaten team in the WNBA. With wins over the Sky and Mystics this past week, the Sun look to stretch the hot start further facing the Dream on Tuesday and Liberty on Thursday. With six players averaging double figures, Jasmine Thomas and Alex Bentley lead the way at 14 points per game.  -- Rachel Galligan

2. Los Angeles Sparks (Last week: 2 | record: 4-1)

You can't win the WNBA Finals in June, but the Sparks accomplished the next best thing. Los Angeles has come as close as they can to avenging their heartbreaking Finals loss to Minnesota by beating the Lynx twice in the first two weeks of the season. The Sparks are executing well on both sides of the floor and, more importantly, have exorcised some demons. -- Brady Klopfer

3. Phoenix Mercury (Last week: 6 | record: 4-3)

After a three-game losing streak that saw Phoenix drop to 2-3, the Mercury bounced back to win two straight road games over the Lynx and Dream. In its two wins this week, Phoenix’s “Big 3” of Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi, and DeWanna Bonner have led the way. The trio combined for 74 points in Phoenix’s win on Friday night in Minnesota, and another 57 points against Atlanta on Sunday. The Mercury need a consistent third scorer to compliment Griner and Taurasi, and it appears that Bonner has assumed that role. -- Pat Ralph 

4. Seattle Storm (Last week: 4 | record: 5-2)

The Storm are rolling, winning three of four in under a week and the loss was when Sue Bird sat out. Jewell Lloyd has continued to be a standout averaging 21.6 points along with five rebounds per game. Breanna Stewart is leading the team in points and rebounds (22.3 and 8.6) while adding 3.1 assists. Her well-rounded play comes as no surprise to those who have followed her. Seattle has four days off until their next contest on Thursday at the Aces. -- Jameelah Johnson

5. Washington Mystics (Last week: 3 | record: 5-3)

After a red-hot start to the season, the Mystics have dropped two straight. They have played their last four games without star Elena Delle Donne. There is no reason to press the panic button, but there may be a little cause for concern in Washington. -- Jasmine Brown 

6. Dallas Wings (Last week: 7 | record: 3-3)

All-Star duo Skylar Diggins-Smith and Liz Cambage continue to power the Wings' offense, combining for 52 points in their 94-90 home win on Saturday against the Storm. While they continue to learn how to play off each other, they also have to learn how to play alongside new kids on the block Leticia Romero and Cayla George. Stay tuned to see what the team has in store with these unexpected early season signings. -- Dorothy Gentry

7. Chicago Sky (Last week: 8 | record: 3-3)

The Sky are young and still learning how to win, but coach Amber Stocks has to be encouraged by the results. Most impressive is their resolve and ability to adapt. Against the Aces on Friday, Chicago shot a significantly worse percentage than their opponent both inside and outside the arc, while racking up far fewer assists. But thanks to an 11-rebound edge on the glass, and aggressiveness that earned them 22 more free throws than the Aces, Chicago was able to scrape out a win. Those types of wins aren't pretty, but they're enormous stepping stones for a young team still figuring themselves out. -- Brady Klopfer

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

The Liberty snagged their first two wins of the season this week, beating the Wings and Fever. Tina Charles is already in midseason form with three double-doubles on the season, as she leads the team with over 23 points and nine rebounds per game. But the early season star has been rookie Kia Nurse. Through four games, Nurse is averaging 19 points per game on 44 percent shooting. In New York’s 87-81 overtime win against Indiana, Nurse scored a career-high 34 points, which is the most by a rookie or reserve in franchise history. The Liberty may have found their second option on offense to compliment Charles. -- Pat Ralph 

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

After a 77-69 loss to the Sparks on Sunday. the Lynx are currently on a four-game losing streak. The last time Minnesota had lost four in a row was back in 2010. With losses to the Mystics, the Dream and the Mercury this past week, they will look to get back into the win column on Thursday when they go face the Mystics. -- Rachel Galligan

10. Atlanta Dream (Last week: 9 | record: 2-3)

The Dream are still trying to find their cohesiveness. Their first home win came in a close one against the Lynx, where Angel McCoughtry came through with a game-winning three. Their team defense has been what has kept them afloat in these contest. The offensive struggles continue to plague them, as seen by how they were 26 of 76 from the field in their loss to the Mercury. They were able to make it to the free throw line 22 times but left eight points there. Renee Montgomery looks more comfortable in her starting role, scoring 14 points. -- Jameelah Johnson

11. Las Vegas Aces (Last week: 11 | record: 1-5)

The Aces got their first win in franchise history on Friday against the Mystics. They are still working through growing pains, but they are starting to get on the right track. A’ja Wilson has been as good as advertised. -- Jasmine Brown 

12. Indiana Fever (Last week: 12 | record: 0-6)

Despite a furious comeback from 20 down in the third quarter to force overtime, the Fever fell short and lost to the Liberty. Indiana is the only winless team in the league. Coach Pokey Chatman said the "big things" are hindering this young team. "Getting rebounds, getting to loose balls, settling for jumpers instead of getting to the rim; those are all big things that we have to begin doing more consistently." The team must find a way to win soon before the season is lost for good. -- Dorothy Gentry