INDIANAPOLIS – Riding an 18-game winning streak and preparing for its biggest game of the year, the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team remained No. 3 in Wednesday’s second official NCAA Div. II West Region rankings, which go toward determining NCAA Tournament qualification.

The nationally 6th-ranked Seawolves (25-1) are joined in the regional rankings by Great Northwest Athletic Conference co-leader and nationally 5th-ranked Northwest Nazarene (24-1 vs. D-II opponents) at No. 2, while fellow GNAC club Simon Fraser (17-8) is No. 6.

Tied atop the GNAC with 17-1 league records, UAA and NNU are set to square off Thursday at the Alaska Airlines Center at 5:15 p.m., with the winner clinching at least a share of the GNAC title. The Seawolves and Nighthawks shared last year’s regular-season crown, and NNU handed UAA its lone loss this year, an 84-68 setback in Idaho on Dec. 1.

Unbeaten and nationally 2nd-ranked UC San Diego (24-0) holds down the top spot again in this week’s regional rankings, earning the inside track to host the West Regional Championships, Mar. 15-18.

All 10 spots in the poll remain unchanged from last week, with Azusa Pacific (22-4) at No. 4, followed by Cal Poly Pomona (21-4), Simon Fraser, Humboldt State (17-6) and Dominican (20-4). Cal State San Marcos (15-9) and UAA non-conference opponent Hawaii Pacific (19-8) sit on the outside of the playoff bubble at Nos. 9 and 10.

The rankings take into account only Div. II games played through Feb. 24.

The regional rankings will be released again Mar. 6, leading to the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field Mar. 10. 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.

UAA has two regular-season games remaining – Thursday vs. NNU and Saturday vs. Central Washington – prior to the GNAC Tournament, Mar. 7-9 in Bellingham, Wash.

Saturday’s ‘senior night’ home finale will tip at 7 p.m. at the Alaska Airlines Center.

For Seawolf ticket information, visit GoSeawolves.com, AlaskaAirlinesCenter.com or call 907-786-1562.

NCAA Div. II West Region
Women’s Basketball Rankings – Feb. 27, 2019
Rk Team                    vs DII  vs West
1. UC San Diego            24-0    24-0
2. Northwest Nazarene      24-1    24-1
3. Alaska Anchorage        25-1    24-1
4. Azusa Pacific           22-4    22-3
5. Cal Poly Pomona         21-4    20-4
6. Simon Fraser            17-8    16-7
7. Humboldt State          17-6    17-6
8. Dominican               20-4    20-4
9. Cal State San Marcos    15-9    15-9
10. Hawaii Pacific         19-8    18-8
(records through Feb. 24)