ATLANTA – Winners of eight straight games, Alaska Anchorage has risen to No. 1 in the latest version of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association USA Today NCAA Div. II Top 25 poll, released Tuesday.

The Seawolves (20-1) took over at No. 1 after previously top-ranked West Texas A&M suffered its first loss last week. UAA drew 11 of 24 first-place votes and 560 total points to edge undefeated Lubbock Christian (15-0, 9 first-place votes, 550 pts) in the balloting.

Monday’s poll marks UAA’s ninth week all-time at No. 1 in the WBCA poll, along with four weeks last season and four weeks in 2008-09.

“It was one of our team goals to get back to the top of the rankings this year, so we will take some cautious satisfaction in this accomplishment,” said Seawolf head coach Ryan McCarthy. “This is also a sign of the respect we’ve earned over the past few years as one of the nation’s best programs. Despite all that, we know that championships are won in March, and our focus will remain on improving until we reach our ultimate goals.”

The Seawolves return to the Alaska Airlines Center this week to complete the first half of Great Northwest Athletic Conference play with games against rival Seattle Pacific (Thur., Jan. 21) and Saint Martin’s (Sat., Jan. 23). Both contests start at 7 p.m. AST. Call 907-786-1562 for tickets, or visit GoSeawolves.com for more information.