Move over, Minnesota. After beating the Lynx for the first time since 2011, Phoenix takes over the top spot in the rankings.
Minnesota replaced Phoenix at the top of the Week 2 WNBA power rankings.
Minnesota suffered its first loss of the season but remains the clear No. 1 in the league.
From the Lynx's quest to repeat to Tina Charles' performance back home with a new team in New York, we detail the top 10 storylines to follow as the WNBA's 18th season opens Friday.
With its star-studded roster largely intact, defending WNBA champion Minnesota remains the favorite in a competitive Western Conference.
Leading the Lynx to a second WNBA title in her three-year career, Maya Moore proved she's the go-to player on a team full of them.
A year after falling short in the WNBA Finals, the loss still stings Seimone Augustus, who has plenty of motivation heading into what could be a decisive Game 3 on Thursday.
After falling to 0-2 in the WNBA Finals on Tuesday, Angel McCoughtry questioned Maya Moore's physical play, while Atlanta coach Fred Williams noted the free throw discrepancy.
For as much as Minnesota relies on its three stars, Rebekkah Brunson's defense and rebounding are just as crucial to the Lynx's title hopes.
As if Atlanta didn't have enough to worry about with Minnesota's trio of stars, Monica Wright came off the bench to score a playoff career-high 20 points.
The Lynx are marked by their leadership and steadiness. And for as much as that's due to the team's three MVP-caliber stars, Cheryl Reeve is etching her name as one of the best coaches in WNBA history.
For the third time, Atlanta has reached the WNBA Finals, only to face a strong favorite from the Western Conference.
Thursday was supposed to be different. But instead of finding their first win against Minnesota this season, the Mercury Phoenix failed to execute at both ends of the floor.
Phoenix is 0-5 against Minnesota this season. Will things be any different when they meet in the Western Conference finals?
In the most wide-open MVP race in WNBA history, Candace Parker's versatility helped win the Sparks forward her second MVP trophy.
After her overseas season was unexpectedly cut short, Lindsay Whalen returned home and used the extra time in Minnesota to rest and work on her game.