The top 25 players for 2014-15

You know who espnW's top 25 teams are for 2014-15. But who are the top 25 players? Charlie Creme, Graham Hays, Michelle Smith and Mechelle Voepel cast their votes, and we've counted down to the No. 1 women's college hoopster throughout the week.

A look at espnW's Top 25 players.

No. 1: Breanna Stewart, Connecticut, forward, 6-4, junior

2013-14: 19.4 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 110 blocked shots)

Skinny: What did she improve on from freshman year to sophomore year? Pretty much everything. Stewart went from somewhat streaky phenom to reliable go-to player, right on schedule. Last season, she started every game for the 40-0 national champion Huskies, averaging 30.5 minutes. While she was always expected to become a scoring machine, Stewart also showed growth with her 122 assists. If there's one area she might look to improve, it's at the free throw line -- even though she's a not-bad 77.5 percent for her career thus far. Stewart also continues to get physically stronger, making her even tougher to guard. -- Mechelle Voepel

No. 2: Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame, guard, 5-10, junior

2013-14: 18.6 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 52 percent from field

Skinny: Perhaps the best way to begin to appreciate all that Loyd can do on a basketball court is to discover that she finished her Illinois high school days among the state's career leaders in blocked shots, in addition to more predictably guard-centric categories. There is nothing she can't do. And as diverse as her physical gifts are, she is equally a student of the game. To prepare herself for the extra defensive attention that will come without Kayla McBride, Loyd spent the summer watching film of Diana Taurasi and Manu Ginobili to better understand how to use on-ball screens. -- Graham Hays

No. 3: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, forward, 5-11, senior

2013-14: 13.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 41 percent on 3-pointers

Skinny: Mosqueda-Lewis' senior season at Connecticut almost has to be less trying than her junior season, when she missed 12 games with an elbow injury and a bout of mononucleosis. When healthy, Mosqueda-Lewis is an All-American-caliber player, as she was in her sophomore season. KML is widely regarded as the best perimeter shooter in the country. Last season, 66 of her 139 shots from the floor came from beyond the 3-point arc and she scored in double-figures in 19 of 28 games. She put up the first triple-double in an NCAA tournament game in school history with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against St. Joseph's in the second round, and she increased her scoring average to 17.0 points a game during the Huskies' run to the NCAA championship. -- Michelle Smith

No. 4: Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina, guard, 5-9, junior

2013-14: 15.5 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.5 APG

Skinny: Look back at any SEC preseason selections this time a year ago and the name Tiffany Mitchell is nowhere to be found. By the end of the 2014 campaign, she was the league's best player. It wasn't as if Mitchell had a poor freshman year, but she, much like her team, stayed under the radar. That's not the case anymore for either one. Mitchell's greatest strength is that she doesn't really have a weakness. Shooting (54.1 percent from 3-point range), penetrating, distributing, rebounding, defending (1.8 SPG) and leading from her point guard spot are all on Mitchell's résumé. -- Charlie Creme

No. 5: Rachel Banham, Minnesota, guard, 5-9, senior

2013-14: 22.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.8 APG

Skinny: A first-team All-Big Ten selection the past two seasons, Banham is known as a great scorer, of course. She shot 42.1 percent from behind the arc last season, making 93 3-pointers. But Banham really does do a lot more than score. She has developed a well-rounded game that has caught the eye of WNBA scouts, who already liked her ability to put points on the board. Banham, a Minnesota native, will close out her Gopher career playing for a new coach in Marlene Stollings. Can the two combine to lead Minnesota to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2009? -- Mechelle Voepel

No. 6: Nina Davis, Baylor, forward, 5-11, sophomore

2013-14: 15.0 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 60 percent from field

Skinny: She is 2 inches shorter than Sophia Young and 10 inches shorter than Brittney Griner, but Davis as a freshman established her credentials as Baylor's next great inside presence. Think about what she did against Connecticut just two months into her college career. Five players attempted double-digit shots when those teams met: Davis, Odyssey Sims, Bria Hartley, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart. Davis was the only one to hit half her shots. And that efficiency was secondary to the 17 rebounds she totaled to lead all players. If she stops letting referees slow her, opponents will have next to no chance. -- Graham Hays

No. 7: Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina, forward, 6-0, senior

2013-14: 13.7 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 57 percent from field

Skinny: She was a first-team All-SEC selection last season after helping lead South Carolina to the regional finals and the program's first No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Welch is a leader on this experienced team, not only as its second-leading scorer, but as a tone setter on both ends of the floor. Welch was the first in-state recruit Dawn Staley pulled down in South Carolina and will be a four-year starter. Staley considers Welch to be an unsung star in her program, the player who will come up with the big basket or the big rebound when the Gamecocks need it most. -- Michelle Smith

No. 8: Elizabeth Williams, Duke, center, 6-3, senior

2013-14: 13.8 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 3.1 BPG

Skinny: Williams has been a Duke centerpiece since her arrival three years ago, but she hasn't always been the Blue Devils' best player. In her senior season, she is both. One of the best shot blockers in the country and a three-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Williams can mask the defensive mistakes of others. She has never developed a true go-to move in the post, but she has good hands and is a solid face-up scorer in the lane. With a healthy senior season, she will likely graduate as a four-time AP All-American. -- Charlie Creme

No. 9: Isabelle Harrison, center, 6-3, senior

2013-14: 13.6 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 58 percent from field

Skinny: Harrison is one of the nation's premier post players and a key part of the group of senior leaders looking to get the Lady Vols back to the Final Four for the first time since 2008. Harrison set a program record for juniors with 18 double-doubles last season. Only Candace Parker (21 in 2006-07) has had more double-doubles in a season. Harrison ranked second in the SEC in field goal percentage and currently finds herself in the top 10 in the school record book for blocks with 105 in her career. -- Michelle Smith

No. 10: Courtney Walker, Texas A&M, guard, 5-8, junior

2013-14: 15.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 46 percent from field

Skinny: It's hard to separate just one of the "Aggie Trio" for special honors, since fellow juniors Courtney Williams and Jordan Jones are also key for Texas A&M. But Walker has been the most consistent scoring threat; last year she had 563 points, the most ever for a sophomore at Texas A&M. She did that even though she made just 12 3-pointers. Despite going 27-9 and advancing to the Elite Eight, the Aggies didn't show much prowess from behind the arc last year. Perhaps Walker can help herself and the team improve from out there this season. -- Mechelle Voepel

No. 11: Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut, guard, 5-7, junior

2013-14: 10.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.7 SPG

Skinny: Peel away Breanna Stewart, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson from a year ago and there is Jefferson, the UConn glue. Because the Huskies are such a visible program, Jefferson has gotten her due -- but probably not enough. Last season she became the defensive trigger. Her on-the-ball talents jump start everything that the Huskies do on that end of the floor. And what they do on defense is significant. Jefferson was a discerning and efficient offensive player a year ago (57.5 percent from the field) and she should have more opportunities this season. -- Charlie Creme

No. 12: Samantha Logic, Iowa, guard, 5-9, senior

2013-14: 13.3 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 7.5 APG

Skinny: One of the nation's top playmakers also became a better scorer in 2013-14, and that's something she will build on for her senior season. Logic is known for her court vision, toughness and leadership skills -- all of which have been key for the Hawkeyes, who've made seven consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Logic, who has started every game of her Iowa career, has four triple-doubles and plays with an intensity that rubs off on all her teammates. She has 622 assists in her career -- the most in Iowa history -- and has had 18 games with double-digit dish totals. -- Mechelle Voepel

No. 13: Rachel Theriot, Nebraska, guard, 6-0, junior

2013-14: 14.1 PPG, 7.1 APG, 43 percent on 3-pointers

Skinny: She seems destined to spend her time being compared to other point guards, be it as Lindsey Moore's replacement or Samantha Logic's and Rachel Banham's conference contemporary, but Theriot does fine on her own merits. Great point guards often seem to play at a different speed than everyone else, and Theriot has that ability to appear to glide while those around her grind. Only two players from major conferences totaled both 200-plus assists and a better assist-to-turnover ratio, but Theriot proved as good at getting her own points with a deadly pull-up jumper and selectivity from the 3-point line. -- Graham Hays

No. 14: Reshanda Gray, California, forward, 6-3, senior

2013-14: 16.8 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 60.4 percent from field

Skinny: Cal's leading scorer and rebounder last season is one of the most agile, active post players in the country. And she can be an offensive force. Gray put up 43 points last season against Washington State, just four points shy of the program's single-game scoring record, and ranked fifth nationally in field goal percentage. Gray will be a leader for the Golden Bears alongside Brittany Boyd, has Final Four experience and will be the centerpiece of Cal's efforts inside the paint. -- Michelle Smith

No. 15: Allisha Gray, North Carolina, guard, 6-0, sophomore

2013-14: 13.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 42 percent on 3-pointers

Skinny: There is life after Diamond DeShields. As good as DeShields was for the Tar Heels as a freshman before transferring to Tennessee, she was more productive than Gray by a matter of volume as much as anything else. Gray was one of the nation's most efficient shooters, freshman or otherwise, hitting 48 percent overall and 42 percent on nearly five 3-point attempts per game. Alone among North Carolina's big four, she also took care of the ball. DeShields was great in blue and should be again in orange next season. But North Carolina had two great freshmen a season ago. -- Graham Hays

No. 16: Bria Holmes, West Virginia, guard, 6-1, junior

2013-14: 15.2 PPG, 3.5 APG, 70 3-pointers

Skinny: As a sophomore, she was the top scorer for the Mountaineers, who shared the Big 12 regular-season title with Baylor. On a team that lost five seniors and has seven newcomers, Holmes will be relied on for leadership, which will be a new role for her. An All-Big 12 first-team selection last season, she was picked as the league's preseason player of the year for 2014-15. She's quick, long and hard to guard. But there are areas to work on, such as her free throw percentage (65.0) and limiting turnovers (she had 84 last season, to 57 assists). -- Mechelle Voepel

No. 17: Amber Orrange, Stanford, guard, 5-7, senior

2013-14: 10.3 PPG, 4.5 APG, 3.5 RPG

Skinny: Orrange ranked 11th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio, and only four of those ranked ahead of her had more total assists. And while this season will reveal the degree to which she was the point guard fortunate enough to throw the ball to Chiney Ogwumike, there are some pretty good indicators she was also the point guard who deferred to get the best out of an all-time great. Orrange isn't going to score 29 points per game this season, but it's not an entirely dissimilar position to the one Odyssey Sims occupied a season ago without Brittney Griner. -- Graham Hays

No. 18: Brittany Boyd, California, guard, 5-9, senior

2013-14: 14.7 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 6.0 APG

Skinny: Cal's dynamic point guard is a do-it-all player. She scores, defends, sets the pace and will be a key to the Bears meeting some high preseason expectations. Boyd has matured tremendously since she arrived at Berkeley as a flashy young guard. Last season, she was one of four players in the country named to the midseason lists for the Wade Trophy, Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy, Nancy Lieberman Award and the Dawn Staley Award. Boyd led the Pac-12 in assists and steals in 2013-14 and put up just the second triple-double in Cal history with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. -- Michelle Smith

No. 19: Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, guard, 6-0, senior

2013-14: 20.3 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 4.6 APG

Skinny: Bradford stuffed the stat sheet all season long on her way to winning MAC Player of the Year. But when she suffered an ankle injury late in the season, Central Michigan's chances of winning the conference tournament and reaching the NCAA tournament disappeared. She's that important to her program's success. Aggressiveness is her hallmark. Bradford simply dares the opponent to deny her the ball. Whether it's on the glass (her rebounding average was tops among all guards nationally), on defense (2.7 SPG) or in the lane offensively, Bradford dominates. -- Charlie Creme

No. 20: Aerial Powers, Michigan State, forward, 6-0, redshirt sophomore

2013-14: 13.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 2.3 APG

Skinny: Powers proved to be very much worth the wait in her redshirt freshman season. She played the role of explosive forward well, leading Michigan State in scoring, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds and free throw attempts. But she also played her part in what was remarkably balanced ball movement and distribution, one of five players to finish with between 77 and 117 assists, and showed off 3-point range that grew more and more reliable as the season progressed. Turnovers remain a bugaboo, but even those decreased in regularity as the months went on. -- Graham Hays

No. 21: Nneka Enemkpali, Texas, forward, 6-1, senior

2013-14: 12.0 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 51.5 percent from field

Skinny: She has always had tremendous athletic ability, but consistently putting things together on the basketball court has at times been a struggle. The last two seasons, Enemkpali has made steady progress, and this year should be her best yet. A first-team all-Big 12 player last year, this will be her third season in coach Karen Aston's system. The Longhorns are the coaches' pick to win the Big 12, and Enemkpali has a chance to really raise her stock in a 2015 WNBA draft that isn't deep. In other words, she has a lot of motivation. -- Mechelle Voepel

No. 22: Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, guard, 5-8, senior

2013-14: 12.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 5.6 APG

Skinny: Hrynko will be the anchor on the floor for DePaul this season. She has been both productive and dependable throughout her career. Hrynko is the first DePaul player to earn first-team all-conference honors in back-to-back seasons. With 495 career assists, she ranks second all-time in school history and sixth among active players. Hrynko's career assists average (4.81 per game) ranks eighth among Division I players as well. And she is a stalwart on the floor for Doug Bruno's team, making 100 consecutive starts. -- Michelle Smith

No. 23: Bashaara Graves, Tennessee, forward, 6-2, junior

2013-14: 9.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 53.5 percent from field

Skinny: After an SEC Freshman of the Year campaign in 2013, Graves took a step back last season. Her points and rebounds averages dipped (four fewer PPG and more than one fewer RPG). Granted, Graves didn't get as many looks in 2013-14, but that should change this season as the Lady Vols concentrate even more on getting the ball inside. Graves is fluid and aggressive around the basket when she is at her best. A return to that version could give Tennessee another All-American, as well as a solid chance to return to the Final Four for the first time since 2008, the last time it was in Tampa. -- Charlie Creme

No. 24: Kelsey Plum, Washington, guard, 5-8, sophomore

2013-14: 20.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.7 APG

Skinny: Thanks to Plum and Jazmine Davis, there is momentum in Seattle. Plum joined Davis in the Huskies' backcourt a year ago and proceeded to have one of the best rookie campaigns in Pac-12 history. A natural scorer with a knack for getting to the line -- where she shot 86.7 percent -- Plum, was the second-leading freshman scorer in the country (to Oregon's Chrishae Rowe). She set six UW records on her way to winning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. However, her greatest honor might have come much earlier when coach Mike Neighbors made Plum a captain before she even played a collegiate game. -- Charlie Creme

No. 25: Alaina Coates, South Carolina, center, 6-4, sophomore

2013-14: 12.3 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 61.2 percent from field

Skinny: Last season's SEC Freshman of the Year was just scratching the surface of her potential. She started just one game and averaged 19.6 minutes. When Coates was "on" as a rookie, she could be unstoppable inside, even without a large repertoire of moves. But conditioning and stamina were things she knew she'd need to improve for this season, when so much is expected of the Gamecocks. They are picked to repeat their regular-season SEC title and are considered an NCAA championship contender. Expect Coates to log more minutes and become an even greater defensive presence. -- Mechelle Voepel