Due to a computer glitch, my WNBA power rankings for the week of July 22 didn’t and won’t post on the main Sports site. I’ve posted them here and, in case you missed it, the accompanying “WNBA Talk” was with women’s basketball Hall of Fame inductee Gail Goestenkors. She resigned last weekend from her assistant coaching position with Los Angeles.
Since we’re a few days late with the rankings, here are a few updates:
Phoenix clinched the WNBA’s first playoff berth with a win, 89-71, in Seattle on Tuesday. All-Star Diana Taurasi scored 22 points.
Chicago ended its six-game losing streak. Center Sylvia Fowles led with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Maya Moore was a double overtime from joining Skylar Diggins and rookie Odyssey Sims with the dubious distinction of scoring a lot of points in a loss.
Minnesota beat Atlanta 112-108 in double overtime behind Moore’s electric 48-points:
Tulsa suffered its ninth loss in its past 11 games against San Antonio on Tuesday. Shock rookie Jordan Hooper turned over an inbound pass with 3.5 seconds left, Tulsa not even getting a chance to tie or win the game at the final buzzer. Sims finished with 39 points while Diggins had a career-high 34, her fourth game scoring 30 points or more this season:
And here are the rankings:
POWER RANKINGS: Seattle Times reporter Jayda Evans ranks the WNBA teams:
Rank (last week) Team: Comment
1. (1) Phoenix: Bringing its franchise-record 12-game win streak to KeyArena for Tuesday game aired on ESPN2.
2. (2) Atlanta: First-year coach Michael Cooper took medical leave to treat early stage tongue cancer.
3. (3) Minnesota: Vet Rebekkah Brunson (knee) could make season debut against Dream on Tues.
4. (5) Indiana: Tamika Catchings can’t stop defense – even in All-Star game. Had game-high 5 steals 13 rebounds.
5. (6) Los Angeles: Penny Toler, who scored WNBA’s first-ever bucket, makes first-ever coaching debut Wed.
6. (8) Washington: Big game vs. Connecticut on Wednesday to retain unexpected playoff position.
7. (4) San Antonio: Needs to regain momentum after heading into All-Star break on three-game losing streak.
8. (10) New York: Six of upcoming seven games are on the road beginning at Los Angeles on Wednesday.
9. (7) Connecticut: Signed vet Ebony Hoffman through remainder of season; cut Kelley Cain to make room.
10. (9) Seattle: Signed Waltiea Rolle, a 6-foot-6 center. Drafted in 2013 by Minnesota but opted not to play.
11. (11) Tulsa: Skylar Diggins gave Drake his desired kiss…on the forehead on her real boyfriend’s birthday.
12. (12) Chicago: Six-game losing streak will be aired across nation Tuesday as hosts Indiana on ESPN2.