espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 3


Only one top-15 team stayed in place in the espnW 25 Power Rankings for Week 3, and that just happens to be the one at the very top.

Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), which won the Nike Tournament of Champions just before Christmas, returns to action this week. The rest of the lineup shifted and shuffled after wins and losses at holiday tournaments.

Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) moves up to the No. 2 spot after winning the Peach State Basketball Holiday Invitational, and Duncanville (Texas) moves up to No. 3 after four impressive wins at the Sandra Meadows Classic.

Windward (Los Angeles), unranked a week ago, arrives in the top 10 after winning its division at the Nike Tournament of Champions and then knocking off No. 22 Long Beach Poly and Bishop O'Dowd, a former top-five team.

Through games of Dec. 30

espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 3
1Mater Dei (12-0)
Santa Ana, CA

Last Week: 1
The Monarchs start back up this week with a matchup against a tough JSerra team, their first game since grabbing the No. 1 spot.
2Riverdale (15-0)
Murfreesboro, TN

Last Week: 5
The Warriors won the Peach State Basketball Holiday Invitational, picking up wins against opponents from three different states.
3Duncanville (25-0)
Duncanville, TX

Last Week: 6
With four wins at the Sandra Meadows Classic, Duncanville continues its perfect season.
4Saint Marys (10-1)
Phoenix, AZ

Last Week: 2
The Knights start the 2013 calendar year with a rematch against Chandler (Ariz.) on Friday.
5Saint Johns College (11-0)
Washington, DC

Last Week: 7
St. John's scored two convincing wins in its trip to New York last week to remain undefeated.
6Marion County (14-0)
Lebanon, KY

Last Week: 9
Three blowouts against in-state competition elevated the Kentucky-bound duo of Makayla Epps and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers and their teammates to 14-0.
7M. X. Shabazz (6-0)
Newark, NJ

Last Week: 10
In the Bulldogs' first of three wins of the week, they held their opponent to just five points.
8Incarnate Word Academy (10-0)
Saint Louis, MO

Last Week: 11
The Red Knights scored three league wins to improve to a perfect 10-0 on the season.
9Windward (14-0)
Los Angeles, CA

Last Week: --
After knocking off two ranked opponents, Long Beach Poly and Bishop O'Dowd, there's no question that this team is among the elite.
10Pflugerville (22-0)
Pflugerville, TX

Last Week: 12
Nancy Walling's program traveled to Orlando, Fla., and scored two wins in convincing fashion.
11North Gwinnett (11-0)
Suwanee, GA

Last Week: 20
The Bulldogs earned a clean sweep at the Naples Holiday Invitational, adding four impressive wins to their undefeated season.
12Fairmont (10-0)
Kettering, OH

Last Week: 13
Fairmont beat Potter's House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Winton Woods (Cincinnati, Ohio) at the Braggin' Rights Classic and remains unbeaten.
13Dutch Fork (12-0)
Irmo, SC

Last Week: 14
The Silver Foxes are now 12-0 after winning the Capital City Classic and head to Florida this week to take on Potter's House Christian.
14Saint Mary's College (8-1)
Berkeley, CA

Last Week: 15
No games last week for St. Mary's, but the team heads to Stockton to play NorCal's other St. Mary's this week.
15Hopkins (5-0)
Minnetonka, MN

Last Week: 19
Hopkins went 3-0 at the Dick's Sporting Goods Holiday Classic to remain unbeaten.
16Martin Luther King (5-0)
Detroit, MI

Last Week: 21
The Crusaders cruised past Detroit College Prep, and Janae Williams scored a team-high 16 in a win over Carroll (Dayton, Ohio).
17Science Hill (14-2)
Johnson City, TN

Last Week: 17
Science Hill was impressive, going 3-1 at the Naples Holiday Shootout, knocking off former No. 3 Whitney Young but falling to Georgia power North Gwinnett.
18Good Counsel (9-2)
Olney, MD

Last Week: 23
Good Counsel has won four straight since its overtime loss to Shabazz two weeks ago.
19Rock Bridge (7-2)
Columbia, MO

Last Week: 24
Rock Bridge enjoyed a break this week and looks ahead to this weekend's matchup with Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights, Ill.)
20Southwood (14-0)
Shreveport, LA

Last Week: --
With three quality wins in December, including wins over St. Thomas More (Lafayette, La.) and Aquinas (Hammond, La.), the Cowgirls move into the top 25.
21New Hope Christian Academy (13-1)
Thomasville, NC

Last Week: --
The Phoenix made the championship game of the Peach State Basketball Holiday Invitational, taking Riverdale down to the wire to earn their debut in the top 25.
22Long Beach Polytechnic (11-2)
Long Beach, CA

Last Week: 16
The Jackrabbits went 3-1 in the Oaks Christian Holiday Invitational, falling to Windward but also picking up a win over previously ranked La Jolla Country Day.
23Norcross (11-2)
Norcross, GA

Last Week: --
Diamond DeShields and the Blue Devils flew across the country to Oregon and knocked off Springfield, Westview and Clackamas before falling to 8-3 Central Catholic (Portland) in the final of the Nike Interstate Shootout.
24Riverdale Baptist (13-2)
Upper Marlboro, MD

Last Week: 4
Lost to South Medford in the Title IX event in Washington, D.C., but finished the week 2-1 with wins over Aberdeen and SW DeKalb.
25Whitney Young (11-2)
Chicago, IL

Last Week: 3
Went 2-2 at the Naples Holiday Shootout with one of the losses to No. 17 Science Hill.