ANCHORAGE – The University of Alaska Anchorage announced the women's field for the 2017 GCI Great Alaska Shootout on Monday, unveiling the three visiting teams that will battle the host Seawolves for the title of the annual Thanksgiving college basketball tournament.

Along with six-time champion UAA, the 2017 women's field will be comprised of Binghamton, Maryland Eastern Shore and Tulsa. Each program will be making its first trip to the women's Shootout, which will celebrate its 38th edition in November.

After playing on back-to-back days in previous tournaments, this year's event will feature an off day between games, with first-round contests set for Tuesday, Nov. 21 and the consolation and title games set for Thursday, Nov. 23.

First-round matchups will feature Tulsa vs. Binghamton in the early game and Maryland Eastern Shore vs. Alaska Anchorage in the nightcap. Start times will be announced later.

2017 GCI Great Alaska Shootout
Women's Field Quick Facts

Alaska Anchorage
Nickname: Seawolves
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Conference: Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 30-2/20-0 (1st)
2017 Postseason: NCAA 2nd Round (Div. II)
Head Coach: Ryan McCarthy, 5 seasons (133-26)
Shootout Titles: 1990, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Top Returners: Tara Thompson, Jr., G, 5-7 (8.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, .436 3FG, .889 FT, 2016 GCI Great Alaska Shootout All-Tourney Team); Shelby Cloninger, Sr., F, 6-0 (8.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 spg, .394 FG, .324 3FG, .765 FT); Hannah Wandersee, Jr., F, 6-1 (7.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.8 bpg, .506 FG, .830 FT)
Notes: The Seawolves are reloading again after graduating four players from last year's team that won a third straight GNAC title, earned the program's fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and won at least 30 games for the second year in a row.

Nickname: Bearcats
Location: Binghamton, New York
Conference: America East
2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 13-17/8-8 (5th)
2017 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Linda Cimino, 3 seasons (31-60)
Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Top Returners: Imani Watkins, Sr., G, 5-8 (18.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.2 spg, .339 3FG, First Team All-America East), Alyssa James, Sr., F, 6-1 (11.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.3 bpg, .380 FG, two-time America East Defensive Player of the Year), Jasmine Sina, Jr., G, 5-5 (9.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.0 apg, .345 3FG)
Notes: The Bearcats return their top seven scorers from a year ago, including seniors Imani Watkins and Alyssa James, who ranked among the national leaders in scoring and blocks, respectively … Linda Cimino was the America East Coach of the Year in her first season in 2015-16.

Maryland Eastern Shore
Nickname: Hawks
Location: Princess Anne, Maryland
Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 13-16/6-10 (11th)
2017 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Fred Batchelor, 13 seasons (163-220)
Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Top Returners: Ciani Byrom, Jr., G, 5-5 (14.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.5 apg, .415 FG), Keyera Eaton, Jr., G, 5-8 (10.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 apg), Alexus Hicks, Sr., G, 5-5 (7.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.1 apg)
Notes: The Hawks return two of their top three scorers from a year ago, including leading scorer Ciani Byrom, whose 2016-17 season was cut short after 12 games due to injury … Maryland Eastern Shore will be the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference program to play in the women's Shootout and just the second participant from the state of Maryland (Mt. St. Mary's, 2003).

Nickname: Golden Hurricane
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Conference: American Athletic Conference
2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 10-21/5-11 (9th)
2017 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Matilda Mossman, 6 seasons (82-102)
Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Top Returners: Erika Wakefield, Sr., G, 5-4 (11.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.3 spg, .404 FG, .778 FT), Kendrian Elliott, So., F, 6-2 (9.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 0.9 bpg, .497 FG, .774 FT), Shug Dickson, So., G, 5-9 (8.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, .732 FT)
Notes: Tulsa will have its top six scores back from its 2016-17 club, which suffered three of its losses to national semifinalist UConn in the rugged American Athletic Conference … the Golden Hurricane will become the first team to represent the state of Oklahoma in the women's Shootout.