Western No.2 in West Region rating

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Head Coach Carmen Dolfo and Assistant Coach Sara Nichols
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM
Head Coach Carmen Dolfo and Assistant Coach Sara Nichols
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM

Jan. 26, 2005

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Western Washington University women's basketball team moved up one spot from third to second in the NCAA Division II West Region rating released today.

Seattle Pacific, the defending regional champion, remained No.1, followed by Western, Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Rounding out the top 10 are Chico State, Saint Martin's, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State San Bernardino, Montana State-Billings and UC San Diego.

The 15-1 Vikings, whose 15-game winning streak matches the second-longest in school history, entertain Seattle Pacific (15-1) on Thursday (7 p.m.) at Sam Carver Gymnasium's Haggen Court. Last week they posted road wins over Northwest Nazarene, 58-53, and Saint Martin's, 72-60.

The final regional poll determines which teams are awarded the six at-large berths and join the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and California Collegiate Athletic Association regular-season champions in the West Regional of the NCAA II National Tournament in mid-March.

West Region Rating 1. Seattle Pacific (15-1), 2. Western Washington (15-1), 3. Cal State Bakersfield (12-3), 4. Cal State Dominguez Hills (9-5), 5. Chico State (12-3), 6. Saint Martin's (11-4), 7. Cal Poly Pomona (11-4), 8. Cal State San Bernardino (10-5), 9. Montana State-Billings (13-4), 10. UC San Diego (8-7).