INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 22) – The Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team remained at No. 1 Wednesday in the latest official NCAA Div. II West Region ranking, which goes toward determining NCAA Tournament qualification.

The Seawolves, who are 25-0 against D-II competition, are joined in the regional rankings by fellow Great Northwest Athletic Conference members Western Washington (23-3) at No. 3, Simon Fraser (23-5) at No. 4, and Seattle Pacific (16-9) at No. 9. UAA’s final two regular-season games are Thursday at WWU (6 p.m. AST) and Saturday at SFU (4:15 p.m. AST).

UC San Diego (20-5), Point Loma (21-3), Hawaii Pacific (18-5) and Cal State East Bay are in playoff position at spots five through eight, while SPU and Cal Poly Pomona (14-10) are currently on the outside of the playoff bubble at ninth and 10th.

The rankings take into account only games played through Feb. 19.

The regional rankings will be released again 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.

This week’s games at WWU and SFU – plus all games from the GNAC Tournament, Mar. 2-4 in Lacey, Wash. – can be seen live on gnac.tv. UAA has already earned a bye for the GNAC quarterfinals and will open the league tourney in the Mar. 3 semifinals as either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed.

NCAA Div. II West Region
Women’s Basketball Rankings – Feb. 22, 2017
Rk Team                    vs DII  vs West
1. Alaska Anchorage        25-0    23-0
2. Cal Baptist             27-2    26-2
3. Western Washington      23-3    23-2
4. Simon Fraser            23-5    22-5
5. UC San Diego            20-5    19-5
6. Point Loma              21-3    21-3
7. Hawaii Pacific          18-5    17-4
8. Cal State East Bay      17-7    17-7
9. Seattle Pacific         16-9    15-9
10. Cal Poly Pomona        14-10   14-10
(records through Feb. 19)