ANCHORAGE - The University of Alaska Anchorage's 2012-13 women's basketball schedule was announced on Thursday.

The defending NCAA Div. II West Region-champion Seawolves - coming off a 30-5 campaign - will play 17 homes games this season, starting with non-conference contests against Colorado School of Mines on Nov. 9 and Regis (Colo.) on Nov. 16-17. Also highlighting the early slate is a rematch with 2012 NCAA Tournament opponent Cal State-Los Angeles in the 4th annual AT&T Hoops Classic (Dec. 17-19) at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

Prior to that, UAA opens play with an exhibition contest against Division I opponent Arizona State on Nov. 4 in Tempe, Ariz.

The Seawolves host the annual Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, Nov. 20-21 at Sullivan Arena. This year's Shootout field includes six-time champion UAA, Prairie View A&M, Utah State and North Dakota State.

The defending Great Northwest Athletic Conference champions start the 18-game league slate with an early home clash against rival Alaska Fairbanks on Dec. 1, before returning to conference play Jan. 3 and Jan. 5 with home games against fellow contenders Western Washington and Simon Fraser. The regular season concludes Mar. 2 at UAF.

The 3rd annual GNAC Women's Basketball Tournament returns to Lacey, Wash., Mar. 6-9. The top six teams qualify, with seeds 3-6 meeting in the quarterfinals and the top two seeds receiving byes into the semifinals.

NCAA Division II West Regionals are set for Mar. 15-18.