espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 3

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The Nike Tournament of Champions caused a shakeup in the espnW 25 Power Ranking for Week 3, but the top four teams remained above the jostling.

Top-ranked Mater Dei answered some tough tests in Phoenix and now digs in at the No. 1 spot. No. 2 Incarnate Word and No. 3 Blackman, meanwhile, are expected to face their big challenges next week at the Naples Holiday Shootout in Florida. And No. 4 Duncanville? The Texas powerhouse is taking its 84-game winning streak to the Sandra Meadows Classic.

The espnW 25 welcomes three new teams that had head-turning performances at the TOC. Leading the way is No. 10 Nazareth (N.Y.), which went 3-0 and won the tournament's Blue Division.

espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 3
RANKSCHOOL/REC (CITY, STATE)TRENDINGCOMMENT
1Mater Dei (8-0)
Santa Ana, CA
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Last Week: 1
Katie Lou Samuelson, the No. 2 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60, dominated the Nike Tournament of Champions with 87 points and 36 rebounds. Not to mention three wins. Up next: Sacramento (Calif.) in the West Coast Jamboree in California.
2Incarnate Word Academy (6-0)
Saint Louis, MO
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Last Week: 2
Incarnate Word Academy beat Lafayette 84-27 and Nerinx Hall 67-35. With star Napheesa Collier, IWA heads south after Christmas for a possible matchup with No. 3 Blackman (Tenn.). Up next: Naples Holiday Shootout in Florida and a first-round game against No. 24 Elizabethtown (Ky.).
3Blackman (12-0)
Murfreesboro, TN
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Last Week: 3
With a 75-44 win over Notre Dame, a 61-37 win over Houston and a 65-36 victory over Ezell Harding at the Ezell Harding Tournament, Blackman stays put at No. 3 heading into a big week. Up next: Naples Holiday Shootout in Florida and a first-round game vs. Ribault (Fla.).
4Duncanville (14-0)
Duncanville, TX
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Last Week: 4
With victories over Midlothian (79-18) and Cedar Hill (72-36), the Pantherettes have won 84 in a row. Up next: The Sandra Meadows Classic in Texas, which also will feature No. 20 Manvel (Texas) and on-the-bubble Whitney Young (Chicago).
5Long Beach Polytechnic (5-1)
Long Beach, CA
1

Last Week: 6
The Jackrabbits went 2-1 at the Nike Tournament of Champions, beating Regis Jesuit 50-48 and St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.) 72-64 and falling to No. 1 Mater Dei 47-38. Up next: The Holiday Hardwood Invitational at Oaks Christian (Calif.).
6Regis Jesuit (6-1)
Aurora, CO
4

Last Week: 10
Purdue-bound Justine Hall earned all-tournament team honors at the Nike Tournament of Champions after leading Regis Jesuit to a 2-1 record. The team's lone loss was to No. 5 Long Beach Poly, 50-48 in overtime. Up next: No. 2 Incarnate Word Academy on Jan. 9 in the Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout.
7New Hope Christian Academy (11-0)
Thomasville, NC
1

Last Week: 8
New Hope beat Charlotte Christian 89-11 and Harding University High School 97-32 this week. Up next: Title IX Tournament in Washington, D.C., vs. Bishop O'Connell.
8Lawrence North (11-0)
Indianapolis, IN
4

Last Week: 12
Purdue commit Lamina Cooper and Cincinnati signee Ana Owens are leading the way, beating Warren Central 80-28. Up next: Ben Davis Holiday Tournament (Ind.).
9Homewood-Flossmoor (6-2)
Flossmoor, IL
4

Last Week: 5
The Vikings went 1-2 at the Nike Tournament of Champions, losing to No. 1 Mater Dei 62-61 and No. 6 Regis Jesuit 53-36. Up next: A bit of a breather before taking on Joliet West (Ill.) Jan. 8.
10Nazareth (9-1)
Brooklyn, NY
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Last Week: --
The champions of the Nike Tournament of Champions Blue Division make their season debut in the espnW 25 Power Rankings. Nazareth's lone loss this season came to previously ranked Christ the King (N.Y.). Up next: Title IX Tournament in Washington, D.C., vs. Elizabeth Seton.
11St. Mary's (7-2)
Stockton, CA
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Last Week: --
St. Mary's went 1-2 at the Nike Tournament of Champions. They beat No. 12 Riverdale Baptist (Md.) 89-62 before losing to No. 5 Long Beach Poly 72-64 and St. Mary's (Berkeley, Calif.) 70-62. Up next: West Coast Jamboree in California vs. Berkeley.
12Riverdale Baptist (5-2)
Upper Marlboro, MD
5

Last Week: 7
After losing to No. 11 St. Mary's Stockton 89-62 and No. 6 Regis Jesuit 59-53, the Crusaders beat Christ the King (N.Y.) 53-49 at the Nike Tournament of Champions. Chloe Jackson earned all-tournament honors. Up next: Title IX Tournament in Washington, D.C., vs. South Medford (Ore.).
13Paul VI (7-1)
Fairfax, VA
2

Last Week: 11
Paul VI beat Bishop Ireton 73-34 and St. John's 62-52. Up next: The Naples Holiday Shootout in Florida vs. Edgewater (Fla.).
14Windward (10-2)
Los Angeles, CA
5

Last Week: 9
Windward fell to No. 10 Nazareth (N.Y.) 63-58 in overtime in the championship game of the Blue Division of the Nike Tournament of Champions. The Wildcats beat St. Anthony's (N.Y.) and No. 23 Southwest Dekalb (Ga.) en route to the final. USC-bound Kristen Simon had 22 points and 18 rebounds in the loss to Nazareth Regional. Up next: George Washington Prep.
15Saint Mary's College (7-2)
Berkeley, CA
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Last Week: --
After an impressive performance at the Nike Tournament of Champions, St. Mary's enters the rankings led by bookend forwards and Cal signees Gabby Green and Mikayla Cowling. Up next: No. 1 Mater Dei on Jan. 3.
16Riverdale (10-2)
Murfreesboro, TN
3

Last Week: 13
The reigning national champions beat Overton for their 10th win of the season after returning from Iolani Classic in Hawaii. Up next: Brewer (Ala.) on Dec. 27.
17Bedford North Lawrence (9-0)
Bedford, IN
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Last Week: 17
Purdue commit Dominique McBryde and Indiana commit Jenna Allen both are averaging more than 15 points per game. Up next: Castle (Ind.) in North Lawrence Tournament.
18Myers Park (10-0)
Charlotte, NC
4

Last Week: 14
Myers Park beat Butler (N.C.) 66-30 in its only game of the week. The competition is about to pick up significantly. Up next: The Naples Holiday Shootout in Florida vs. Sierra Canyon (Calif.).
19Joliet Catholic Academy (7-0)
Joliet, IL
4

Last Week: 15
Did not play any games this past week. Up next: Hillcrest Holiday Classic.
20Manvel (17-1)
Manvel, TX
4

Last Week: 16
Manvel rolled by Pasadena Memorial and Alvin by a combined score of 163-34. Up next: The Sandra Meadows Classic and a potential chance to avenge their only loss of the season, to No. 4 Duncanville.
21M. X. Shabazz (1-0)
Newark, NJ
2

Last Week: 19
Shabazz opened its season with an easy win over Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) and is next scheduled to take on Salesian (Calif.) at the West Coast Jamboree.
22Rock Bridge (6-2)
Columbia, MO
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Last Week: 22
Rock Bridge beat St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.), the defending 5A state champion, 46-24 in their only game of the week. Up next: Dexter (Mo.).
23Southwest Dekalb (8-2)
Decatur, GA
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Last Week: 23
Southwest Dekalb posted a 2-1 record at the Nike Tournament of Champions with wins over Sacramento and previously ranked Etiwanda and a loss to No. 14 Windward. Junior Tynice Martin earned Blue Division all-tournament honors. Up next: The Upward Classic in Dorman, S.C.
24Elizabethtown (7-1)
Elizabethtown, KY
1

Last Week: 25
Elizabethtown beat Simon Kenton (Ky.) 63-52 in the Republic Bank Classic. Up next: The Naples Holiday Shootout in Florida and a first-round game vs. No. 2 Incarnate Word.
25Rogers (6-1)
Toledo, OH
5

Last Week: 20
Rogers suffered its first loss of the season, 56-50 to Notre Dame. Up next: The Naples Holiday Shootout in Florida and a first-round game vs. Christian Academy (Tenn.).
On the bubble:
Neumann Goretti (Philadelphia)
McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Rolling Meadows (Rolling Meadows, Ill.)
Whitney Young (Chicago)
Fairmont Kettering (Kettering, Ohio)
Dunbar (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Northside (Fork Smith, Ark.)
Dropped out:
Previous No. 18 Christ the King (N.Y.)
Previous No. 21. Etiwanda (Calif.)
Previous No. 24 Marian Catholic (Ill.) 9-2