ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Alaska Anchorage junior Hannah Wandersee has been recognized as one of the top 10 women’s basketball players in the NCAA Div. II West Region, earning D2CCA Second Team All-Region honors on Monday.
A 6-2 center from Kodiak, Wandersee leads the nationally 13th-ranked Seawolves in scoring (14.7 ppg), rebounding (6.3 rpg), blocks (league-best 1.5 bpg) and field-goal percentage (.529), ranking among the league’s top eight in each category.
The unanimous First Team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference selection has helped the Seawolves (27-4) earn a share of their fourth consecutive league title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament’s ‘Sweet 16.’ UAA will face Montana State Billings and D2CCA Region Player of the Year Alisha Breen in tonight’s regional title game at 6 p.m. ADT in Azusa, Calif.
Since Jan. 27, Wandersee has averaged 17.5 points per contest, boosted by a career-high 32 points in an 86-78 road win over Western Oregon. She has six 20-plus scoring efforts on the season, including 27 points in a 78-68 home win over GNAC co-champion Northwest Nazarene.
Along with her all-region and all-conference honors, Wandersee has picked up a handful of other awards this year, including Most Outstanding Player of the Seawolf Hoops Classic, GCI Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team, and the season’s first GNAC Player of the Week honor.
The D2CCA all-region teams are chosen by a vote of the region’s sports information directors. The West Region includes three conferences and 38 women’s basketball programs.
Tonight’s West Region title game can been seen live at portal.stretchinternet.com/apu.
2017-18 D2CCA All-West Region Team
*Alisha Breen, Montana State Billings, G/F, 5-10, Sr., Choteau, Mont. (Choteau HS)
Roya Rustamzada, Point Loma, F, 5-11, Sr., Temecula, Calif. (Great Oak HS)
Dalayna Sampton, UC San Diego, F, 6-1, Sr., Vallejo, Calif. (Florin HS/Hawai’i)
Natalie Diaz, Dominican, G, 5-11, Jr., Soquel, Calif. (Soquel HS)
Abbigail Goodsell, Azusa Pacific, G, 5-7, Sr., Yorba Linda, Calif. (Orange Lutheran HS)
Whitney Branham, Chico State, G, 5-7, Sr., West Ranch, Calif. (West Ranch HS)
Hannah Wandersee, Alaska Anchorage, C, 6-2, Jr., Kodiak, Alaska (Kodiak HS)
Mikayla Williams, UC San Diego, F, 6-1, So., Meath Park, Saskatchewan (Great Oaks/Cal St. Fullerton)
Lexi Tubbs, Northwest Nazarene, G, 5-11, Sr., Turlock, Calif. (Modesto Christian HS)
Sandra Ikeora, Dominican, F, 5-11, Sr., Valencia, Calif. (Valencia HS)
*West Region Player of the Year