Men seventh, women ninth in first NCAA II West Region Polls

Victor E. Viking

Feb. 19, 2014


Men's Basketball: Seattle Pacific 4th, Western Washington 7th in Regional Rankings

Seattle Pacific and Western Washington earned No. 4 and No. 7 rankings in the first NCAA Division II West Regional Men's Basketball poll of the 2014 season.

The poll will eventually determine which five teams join the GNAC, PacWest and CCAA champions in the regional tournament, which begins Friday, March 14. The league champions earn automatic berths.

The top-ranked team in the poll is Cal State Bernardino. Cal Baptist of the PacWest Conference is ranked second and Cal Poly Pomona of the CCAA is ranked third. Generally, the top-ranked team hosts the regional.

Two more polls will be held before the NCAA announces the regional field on Sunday, March 9 on The women's show will be at 7 p.m. Pacific followed by the men's show at 7:30.

The GNAC will determine its champion and its automatic berth winner with a tournament March 5-8. Saint Martin's University will host the tournament at Marcus Pavilion.

NCAA West Region - 1. Cal State San Bernardino (18-3); 2. Cal Baptist (22-1); 3. Cal Poly Pomona (17-3); 4. Seattle Pacific (20-4); 5. Dixie State (19-4); 6. Chico State (16-5); 7. Western Washington (13-6); 8. Chaminade (13-7); 9. Dominican (17-7); 10. Cal State Stanislaus (12-8). Note: Record listed is in games against Division II opponents only.

Women's Basketball: MSUB Ranked No. 1; 3 GNAC Teams In Top 4 in Region

PORTLAND, Ore. - Capturing the No. 1 spot in the first NCAA West Region rankings, Montana State Billings was the highest of four Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball teams appearing in the poll released Wednesday.

The Yellowjackets have won 10 games in a row and became the first GNAC team to appear in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association top-25 since Northwest Nazarene was ranked No. 18 during Week 8, checking in at No. 25 in the latest poll released Tuesday.

Checking in directly behind MSUB in the NCAA regional rankings was Simon Fraser, earning the No. 2 spot in the first poll. SFU is 16-5 overall and currently sits tied with Western Washington for second place in the GNAC standings with a conference record of 11-4.

Landing at No. 4 on the list was Seattle Pacific, which is currently tied for fifth place in the conference standings at 8-6 (15-7 overall).

WWU was the final GNAC team ranked in the top-10 in the West Region, grabbing the No. 9 slot in the poll.

The regional rankings will eventually determine the eight-team field for the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. Two more regional rankings will be released - on Feb. 26 and March 5 - before the final selections are made on March 9.

NCAA West Region - 1. Montana State Billings (16-5); 2. Simon Fraser (16-6); 3. Cal Poly Pomona (18-4); 4. Seattle Pacific (14-7); 5. Chico State (16-6); 6. Cal State Dominguez Hills (15-6); 7. Cal State L.A. (14-7); 8. UC San Diego (13-9); 9. Western Washington (13-8); 10. Academy of Art (18-6).


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