INDIANAPOLIS – Bolstered by a 2-0 record last week, including a victory over regionally ranked Seattle Pacific, the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team moved up to No. 1 in Wednesday’s second official NCAA Div. II West Region rankings, which go toward determining NCAA Tournament qualification.
The Seawolves, who are 22-2 against D-II competition, are joined in the regional rankings by fellow Great Northwest Athletic Conference members Northwest Nazarene (20-3) at No. 4, Seattle Pacific (19-6) at No. 6 and Montana State Billings (16-10) at No. 8.
Pacific West Conference leader Azusa Pacific (24-3) fell from the top spot to No. 2 after going 1-0 last week, while fellow Pac West program Hawaii Pacific (22-2) remained No. 3. California Collegiate Athletic Association leader UC San Diego (21-3) stands No. 5.
The rankings take into account only games played through Feb. 18.
The regional rankings will be released again Feb. 28, leading to the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field on Mar. 4. The top five ‘at-large’ teams – 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.
Currently 5-1 against teams in this week’s regional poll, the Seawolves have an opportunity to clinch their fourth straight regular-season GNAC title with a victory at Northwest Nazarene on Thursday (5 p.m. AST). NNU trails UAA by just one game in the league standings.
The Seawolves finish the regular season Saturday (6 p.m. AST) at Central Washington, before returning to Anchorage to host the GNAC Tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center, Mar. 1-3.
NCAA Div. II West Region
Women’s Basketball Rankings – Feb. 21, 2018
Rk Team vs DII vs West
1. Alaska Anchorage 22-2 22-2
2. Azusa Pacific 24-3 22-3
3. Hawaii Pacific 22-2 20-2
4. Northwest Nazarene 20-3 20-3
5. UC San Diego 23-3 23-3
6. Seattle Pacific 19-6 19-5
7. Cal Poly Pomona 17-8 17-8
8. Montana State Billings 16-10 16-8
9. Dominican 16-8 16-8
10. Point Loma 16-10 15-10
(records through Feb. 18)