INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 15) – Already sporting the No. 2 ranking in the national polls, the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team premiered at No. 1 in Wednesday’s first official NCAA Div. II West Region ranking, which goes toward determining NCAA Tournament qualification.
The Seawolves, who are 23-0 against D-II competition, are joined in the regional rankings by fellow Great Northwest Athletic Conference members Western Washington (21-3) at No. 3, Simon Fraser (22-4) at No. 4, and Seattle Pacific (16-7) at No. 8.
UC San Diego (18-5), Hawaii Pacific (17-4) and Point Loma (19-3) hold down the next three spots, while Cal State East (16-7) and Cal Poly Pomona (13-9) are currently on the outside of the playoff bubble at ninth and 10th.
The rankings take into account only games played through Feb. 12.
The regional rankings will be released again Feb. 22 and Mar. 1, leading to the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field on Mar. 5. The top five teams in the final rankings – along with the winners of the GNAC, California Collegiate Athletic Association and Pac West Conference tournaments – will make the NCAAs, with the top seed generally earning the right to host.
UAA has four regular-season games remaining – the last three against regionally ranked opponents – prior to the GNAC Tournament. The Seawolves will host Saint Martin’s on Thursday at 7 p.m. in a ‘Play4Kay’-themed game to benefit the fight against women’s cancers, while Seattle Pacific invades the Alaska Airlines Center on Saturday for a 5 p.m. tip on ‘senior night.’
NCAA Div. II West Region
Women’s Basketball Rankings – Feb. 15, 2017
Rk Team vs DII vs West
1. Alaska Anchorage 23-0 21-0
2. Cal Baptist 25-2 24-2
3. Western Washington 21-3 21-2
4. Simon Fraser 22-4 21-4
5. UC San Diego 18-5 17-5
6. Hawaii Pacific 17-4 16-3
7. Point Loma 19-3 19-3
8. Seattle Pacific 16-7 15-7
9. Cal State East Bay 16-7 16-7
10. Cal Poly Pomona 13-9 13-9
(records through Feb. 12)