espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 1

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It's a new year and a new No. 1 in the espnW 25 Power Rankings for girls' basketball.

Let's start at the top. With its stars back in line from a 34-1 team that won the California Open Division state title in 2015 and finished No. 3 in the espnW national poll, St. Mary's (Stockton, California) just might be primed to pull off the unthinkable -- a perfect season.

St. Mary's is joined in the top 25 by three other schools from California, so you know it won't be easy. In all, 17 states are represented, including a rare appearance by Hawaii.

Here are our Week 1 rankings.


-- Dan Olson

espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 1
RANKSCHOOL/REC (CITY, STATE)TRENDINGCOMMENT
1St. Mary's (6-0)
Stockton, CA
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Meet the stars who make St. Mary's the favorite to win the 2015-16 national title: Aquira DeCosta, the No. 1 sophomore in the nation; Oregon State signee Kat Tudor, arguably the best long-range shooter in the country; Nebraska signee Mi'Cole Cayton, a talented and emphatic guard; Naje Murray, a deep threat and solid game manager at the point; and Raziya Potter, a sophomore transfer from Kimball (Tracy, California). St. Mary's has showcased a pressure defense and rolled to six straight wins to start the season. They head to the Nike Tournament of Champions this week, where they're sure to be challenged.

2Paul VI (7-0)
Fairfax, VA
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Paul VI already boasts a couple of signature wins this season, topping McEachern (Powder Springs, Georgia) and Miami Country Day (Florida) at the She Got Game Classic in Washington, D.C. Sophomore Amira Collins, a 6-foot-3 post player, is averaging 15.3 points per game. Villanova signee Raven James is the director and Pittsburgh signee Jasmine Whitney brings athleticism.

3Mater Dei (9-0)
Santa Ana, CA
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The Monarch always seem to be hovering near the top of the espnW 25 Power Rankings. After saying goodbye to Katie Lou Samuelson, who is now at Connecticut, Mater Dei has kept right on winning. They already have claimed one title this year, taking home the trophy at the Bill Kristinat Classic earlier this month. UCLA signee Allyson Rosenblum was named MVP. Mater Dei hits the Nike Tournament of Champions later this week.

4Duncanville (16-0)
Duncanville, TX
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Talk about a sweet start to the season. Louisville signee Ciera Johnson and sophomore star Zarielle Green have led Duncanville to 16 wins in a row to start the 2015-16 season.

5Neumann-Goretti (3-0)
Philadelphia, PA
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The reigning national champions haven't even been pushed this season, racking up three wins by wide margins to push their winning streak to 33 games. Gone are A.J. Timbers (Towson), Sianni Martin (Towson), Ciani Cryor (Georgia Tech), Christina Aborowa (Texas) and Felicia Aiyeotan (transfer to Blair Academy in New Jersey). Back is Syracuse signee Alisha Kebbe. She is joined by standout Chyna Nixon, a transfer from Granby (Norfolk, Virginia).

6National Christian Academy (8-0)
Fort Washington, MD
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Beware: your jaw is about to drop. National Christian Academy has wins over Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tennessee), IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida) and Ursuline (Wilmington, Delaware) already this season. Junior Mykea Gray, a dynamic lead guard with a scoring punch, is averaging 20.3 points per game.

7Riverdale Baptist (8-0)
Upper Marlboro, MD
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Riverdale Baptist has come out swinging. Behind Maryland signee Kaila Charles, Riverdale Baptist has wins over McEachern (Powder Springs, Georgia) and Miami Country Day (Florida) already. A true test comes later this week at the Nike Tournament of Champions.

8Chaminade College Prep School (5-0)
West Hills, CA
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A powerful one-two punch has Chaminade Pep at 5-0. USC signee Valerie Higgins is averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists, and Duke signee Leaonna Odom is averaging 22.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4 blocks per game. Nike Tournament of Champions, here they come!
9Hopkins (5-1)
Minnetonka, MN
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Michigan State signee Nia Hollie is the leader for Hopkins, but an eighth-grader is making a lot of noise. Allow us to introduce you to Paige Bueckers, a 5-9 guard whose aim is true. A loss to St. Michael (Albertville, Minnesota) is a blemish in the early going.

10Lakota West (5-0)
West Chester, OH
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West Virginia signee Nia Staples is putting up staggering numbers for Lakota West. She'll get plenty of help from Abby Prohaska before all is said and done in Ohio.

11Homestead (7-0)
Fort Wayne, IN
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Karissa McLaughlin, a junior point guard and Florida commit, is tearing things up in Indiana. She scored 36 points in a win over Illinois powerhouse Whitney Young (Chicago) and also had 30 in a win over Dwenger (Fort Wayne, Indiana).
12Columbus North (7-0)
Columbus, IN
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How about Maliah Howard-Bass? The 5-foot-9 junior guard had 30 points, eight rebounds and five steals in a win over Greenwood (Indiana) last week. Her versatile game was also on display this week, with 14 points, eight rebounds and three steals (including one in the final seconds to set up the winning score) in a 46-44 victory over East Central (St. Leon, Indiana).

13Heritage Christian (7-1)
Indianapolis, IN
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They've got a loss to Lawrence North (Indianapolis), but Indiana signee Darby Foresman and unsigned senior star Tyasha Harris are going to keep Heritage Christian in the running.
14Blackman (6-1)
Murfreesboro, TN
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Blackman has a new coach in Jessica Jackson but the same superstars in UConn signee Crystal Dangerfield and South Florida signee Jazz Bond. Blackman suffered an early-season loss to National Christian Academy, but has since posted a big win over in-town rival Riverdale.

15Centennial (5-0)
Las Vegas, NV
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A pair of up-and-comers has Centennial at 5-0 and on the rise. Keep an eye on sophomore Justice Ethridge and junior Samantha Thomas. They'll be at the Nike Tournament of Champions.

16Ribault (12-0)
Jacksonville, FL
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With a convincing win over Miami Country Day, Ribault made a statement that it perhaps is the best team in the Sunshine State. Junior Rennia Davis is improving by the day and Florida International signee Kayla Rogers anchors the backcourt.

17Montini (10-0)
Lombard, IL
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Sophomore Lindsey Jarosinski anchors the middle for Montini Catholic, which could be the best of the bunch in Illinois.

18Konawaena (9-0)
Kealakekua, HI
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It's not every day that you find a team from Hawaii in the espnW 25 Power Rankings. But it's not often that you find a talented bunch like the Molina sisters, either. Washington State signee Chanelle, Celena and Cherlilyn Molina are something special. Konawaena is off to a 9-0 start with key wins over Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, California) and South Medford (Oregon).
19Good Counsel (5-0)
Olney, MD
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Freshman sensation Chloe Chapman and junior Lindsey Pulliam are two big reasons Good Counsel is undefeated. Good Counsel travels to the Nike Tournament of Champions this week for a first-game collision with Mater Dei.

20Christ the King (3-1)
Middle Village, NY
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Louisville signee Sydney Zambrotta and Virginia signee Dominique Toussaint are looking to close out their senior seasons in style. Next up is a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for the CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational.
21Elizabethtown (4-0)
Elizabethtown, KY
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Notre Dame signee Erin Boley is delivering early and often for Elizabethtown. She had a 25-point, 18-rebound performance earlier this month against Mercy.

22St. Francis (8-0)
Alpharetta, GA
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A pair of junior achievers has St. Francis looking like the top team in Georgia. Kasi Kushkituah, No. 5 in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60, and Maya Dodson, ranked 11th in the country, are a handful of trouble for opponents. Next up is the CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational.

23Riverdale (9-1)
Murfreesboro, TN
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A three-point loss to crosstown rival Blackman is the only blemish on Riverdale's record. Junior Anastasia Hayes' game alone is worth the price of admission.

24Long Beach Polytechnic (3-1)
Long Beach, CA
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The Jackrabbits will be looking to hit their stride this week at the Nike Tournament of Champions. Danae Miller has been leading Long Beach Poly thus far.

25Providence Day School (9-0)
Charlotte, NC
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Vanderbilt signee Erin Whalen and junior center Janelle Bailey are the keys to Providence Day's success. Next up is the CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational.
On the bubble:
Holy Innocents (Georgia)
Mason (Ohio)
Hamilton Heights (Tennessee)
Homewood-Flossmoor (Ilinois)
Myers Park (North Carolina)
South Salem (Oregon)
Argyle (Texas)