USA TODAY Sports is releasing its preseason Super 25 girls basketball rankings in two parts. Tuesday’s teams are No. 11 through No. 25, and Wednesday we will reveal No. 1 through No. 10, beginning at 8 a.m. ET.
11. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2014-15 record: 31-3
The Monarchs, who were the state Open Division runner-up, will have to get by without UConn signee Katie Lou Samuelson, who was the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Player of the Year. Key returnees include 6-4 center Ally Rosenblum (10.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg), a UCLA commit, and junior guard Jayda Adams (3.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg), who made the USA U16 team this past summer. Sophomore forward Emma Torbert (4.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg) will be a key player.
12. ThunderRidge (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
2014-15 record: 25-3
The Grizzlies were the state 5A runner-up and return most of their squad, led by Wyoming signee Taylor Rusk (14 ppg, 7.0 rpg), a senior wing. Other key returnees include senior power forward Jaz’myne Snipes (11.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg), who has committed to Regis University (Denver), and senior guard Alyssa Martinez (8.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.0 apg), who has signed with Black Hills State (Spearfish, S.D.).
13. North Shore (Houston)
2014-15 record: 32-3
Led by junior point guard Chasity Patterson (18 ppg) and North Carolina signee and senior forward Alyssa Okoenne (8.1 ppg, 9.2 rpg), the Mustangs have an experienced group that includes eight seniors. Among those seniors are guards Kayla Mack and Adriiana Jackson, a Houston Baptist signee, and West Oso (Corpus Christi) transfer Victoria Blakenship, a 5-10 forward.
14. Miramonte (Orinda, Calif.)
2014-15 record: 30-3
American Family Insurance Preseason ALL-USA senior guard Sabrina Ionescu (23 ppg, 7.3 apg, 8.9 rpg) leads a group of five returning starters. Senior forward Uriah Howard, who has committed to Eastern Washington, combines with senior point guard Keana Delos Santos, junior forward Elle Louise and sophomore guard Clair Steele to surround Ionescu with talent. Ionescu is the No. 4 player in the nation according to espnW HoopGurlz and is the lone player ranked in the top 25 who is uncommitted. She is down to Cal, Oregon and Oregon State.
15. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
2014-15 record: 23-9
The Huskies reached the state 5A quarterfinals and return two all-state honorable mention players in junior center Maya Banks (8.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg) and senior forward Makayla Filiere (11.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg). Senior point guard Payton Whitmore (7.1 ppg, 4.0 apg) also returns. Hamilton also will have a new coach with former Phoenix Mountain Pointe coach Trevor Neider replacing Jeff Kain.
16. Jesuit (Portland, Ore.)
2014-15 record: 23-6
The Crusaders reached the state 6A quarterfinals and return three key players: Portland signee and senior guard Kate Andersen (10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists); Western Oregon signee forward Kory Oleson (14.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg); and senior center Alzena Henry (9.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg), who has signed with Long Beach State.
17. Incarnate Word (St. Louis)
2014-15 record: 29-2
The Red Knights won their third consecutive Class 4 title last year. While they lost Connecticut signee Napheesa Collier to graduation, they return several key starters: Columbia College signee Ivana Easley; Miami of Ohio signee Abbey Hoff (12.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.5 apg); Katie Lacefield, who signed to play softball at Indiana; and sophomore guard Sonya Morris. A key newcomer is 6-2 freshman Rickie Woltman, ranked as the No. 4 player in the 2019 class by espnW HoopGurlz.
18. Oakland (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
2014-15 record: 25-8
The Patriots finished as the state AAA runner-up to Blackman and return several key players: Ole Miss signee Shelby Gibson (14.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg), a 6-1 center; guard Ansley Eubank (10.3 ppg, 2.8 apg), a Northern Kentucky signee; and senior forwards Aaliyah Patterson and Hannah Eaglen.
19. Lawrence North (Indianapolis)
2014-15 record: 27-2
The Wildcats have plenty of firepower with junior point guard Destiny Perkins, Purdue signee Ae’Rianna Harris, a 6-1 forward, and Miami (Ohio) signee Lauren Dickerson, a 5-2 guard who missed last season with a knee injury. Freshman Trinity Brady, a 5-9 wing, is already making an impact.
20. Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.)
2014-15 record: 24-2
North Carolina State commit Kai Crutchfield (10.5 ppg, 3.5 apg), a 5-7 guard, and junior guard Dazia Powell (9.8) are the top returnees for the Wildcats. Junior Sis Norman and senior center Dominque Cross are also key returnees.
21. Norcross (Ga.)
2014-15 record: 28-5
The Blue Devils came just short of a AAAAAA state title and return Florida Atlantic signee Vashnie Perry, junior guard Taylor Mason and junior forward Tylia Gillespie. Norcross also added Woodland (Stockbridge) junior guard Vanessa Blagmon (14.7 ppg) and aptly named freshman point guard Zamiya Passmore. Once sophomore forward Janee’ Knorr returns from a knee injury, the Blue Devils will contend for a state title.
22. Male (Louisville)
2014-15 record: 26-5
The Bulldogs return four starters from a state Final Four team, led by 6-1 Cincinnati signee I’Liyah Green (12.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and 5-9 sophomore forward India Green, the daughters of former Louisville football standout Ibn Green. Other key returnees include sophomore guards Emilia Sexton and Ciaja Harbison.
23. Waukee (Iowa)
2014-15 record: 25-6
The Warriors are in great shape to repeat as 5A champions, with Reilly Jacobson (17 ppg), a 6-1 senior forward and North Dakota State signee, leading the way. Other key returnees include junior point guard Carlie Littlefield and senior 6-foot forward Andie Mataloni (9.0 ppg), a Sioux Falls signee.
24. Olive Branch (Miss.)
2014-15 record: 32-2
Led by state Gatorade Player of the Year Myah Taylor (18.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg), a Mississippi State commit and junior guard, the Lady Quistors were the 6A runner-up the past two seasons and look to take the title this season. Sophomore guard Mahogany Vaught and senior guard Savanna Geeslin give Olive Branch plenty of firepower.
25. Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.)
2014-15 record: 29-1
The Mustangs won the past two 5A state titles but will look for a third minus two elite players in Rydeiah Rogers, now at North Carolina State and Aliyah Mazyck, now at Southern Cal. Myers Park does have seven returnees, led by: senior PF Chanin Scott (13 ppg, 11 rgp, 3.5 spg), a Kentucky signee; junior SG McKenna Haire (7.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg) and Washington and Lee signee Stuart Ayer (6.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg), a 6-1 senior center.