WNBA Power Rankings Week 4 by Her Hoop Stats
The Storm remain on top, but the rest of the top three gets shaken up
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Hello and welcome to the midway point of the 2020 WNBA season!
We cannot believe it, either, but six teams have already played 11 games apiece on their 22-game schedule and the other six have played 10 games.
Last week, more young players, including rookie point guard Crystal Dangerfield (Minnesota) and second-year guard Jackie Young (Las Vegas), stepped up for top teams. Connecticut righted the ship by winning three of four games, and Seattle won four games by at least 18 points to extend its winning streak to eight games. And in one of the top scoring duels of the week, Dallas guard Arike Ogunbowale had 33 points and Phoenix center Brittney Griner had 29 in a 95-89 Dallas win on Sunday. (That performance helped Ogunbowale finish the week with the top scoring average in the league at 21.5 points per game.)
Seattle remained atop the standings, but two new teams have climbed into the Nos. 2 and 3 spots. Los Angeles and Connecticut had the biggest jumps of the week, rising two spots each, while Chicago fell three rungs on the ladder after going 2-2.
In our points-based ranking system, each team gets 1,200 points for a first-place vote, 1,100 for second place, and so forth, and then we take the average for the overall ranking. This week’s poll covers games through Sunday, August 16.
1. Seattle Storm (10-1)
Next up: 8/18 vs. New York Liberty, 8/20 vs. Indiana Fever, 8/22 vs. Las Vegas Aces
2. Las Vegas Aces (8-2)
Last week’s ranking: 3
Next up: 8/18 vs. Chicago Sky, 8/20 vs. Connecticut Sun, 8/22 vs. Seattle Storm
3. Los Angeles Sparks (7-3)
Last week’s ranking: 5
Next up: 8/19 vs. Phoenix Mercury, 8/21 vs. Los Angeles Sparks, 8/23 vs. Dallas Wings
4. Minnesota Lynx (7-3)
Last week’s ranking: 4
Next up: 8/19 vs. Dallas Wings, 8/21 vs. Phoenix Mercury, 8/23 vs. Atlanta Dream
5. Chicago Sky (7-4)
Last week’s ranking: 2
Next up: 8/18 vs. Las Vegas Aces, 8/20 vs. New York Liberty, 8/22 vs. Indiana Fever
6. Phoenix Mercury (6-5)
Last week’s ranking: 6
Next up: 8/19 vs. Los Angeles Sparks, 8/21 vs. Minnesota Lynx, 8/23 vs. Washington Mystics
7. Connecticut Sun (4-7)
Last week’s ranking: T-9
Next up: 8/18 vs. Indiana Fever, 8/20 vs. Las Vegas Aces, 8/22 vs. New York Liberty
8. Washington Mystics (3-7)
Last week’s ranking: 7
Next up: 8/19 vs. Atlanta Dream, 8/21 vs. Dallas Wings, 8/23 vs. Phoenix Mercury
9. Indiana Fever (4-6)
Last week’s ranking: 8
Next up: 8/18 vs. Connecticut Sun, 8/20 vs. Seattle Storm, 8/22 vs. Chicago Sky
10. Dallas Wings (4-7)
Last week’s ranking: T-9
Next up: 8/19 vs. Minnesota Lynx, 8/21 vs. Washington Mystics, 8/23 vs. Los Angeles Sparks
11. Atlanta Dream (2-9)
Last week’s ranking: 11
Next up: 8/19 vs. Washington Mystics, 8/21 vs. Los Angeles Sparks, 8/23 vs. Minnesota Lynx
12. New York Liberty (1-9)
Last week’s ranking: 12
Next up: 8/18 vs. Seattle Storm, 8/20 vs. Chicago Sky, 8/22 vs. Connecticut Sun