Vikings No. 3 in NCAA II West Region Poll

Feb. 15, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Western Washington University women’s basketball team premiered at No. 3 in the first published NCAA Division II West Regional rankings, announced today by the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Committee.

The rankings help decide the 8 teams that will be selected to play in the 2017 NCAA Division II West Regional held on a campus site to be determined March 11-14, 2017. The Great Northwest Athletic Conference, CCAA and PacWest all have automatic berths via their conference tournament. Selection Sunday will stream live on NCAA.com on March 5 at 7 pm PT.

The Vikings are 22-3 overall and 22-2 against West Region opponents. WWU’s 71-65 win over No. 4 Simon Fraser was not included in the regional rankings, further boosting Western’s position in the upper tier of the regional poll.

WWU is also 5-1 against teams listed in the West Region rankings, beating Simon Fraser (No. 4) and Seattle Pacific (No. 8) twice, and UC San Diego (No. 5) once. The Vikings are 0-1 against top-ranked Alaska Anchorage, with a rematch scheduled for next Thursday in Bellingham.

Western has been a mainstay in both the WBCA Coaches Poll and D2SIDA Media Poll all season, with current rankings of No. 17 (WBCA) and No. 10 (D2SIDA).

The Vikings have won 16 consecutive games, the 4th-longest winning streak in program history, and have three remaining regular-season games remaining prior to the GNAC Championships Mach 2-4 at Marcus Pavilion in Lacey, Washington (Host: Saint Martin’s).

The No. 17 Vikings (22-3, 13-3 GNAC) are in 2nd place in the GNAC behind undefeated Alaska Anchorage (23-0 vs. Division II opponents). The team travels to play Montana State Billings tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 16) at 7:30 pm MT/6:30 pm PT, and then return to Bellingham to host Alaska Anchorage (Thursday, 2/23, 7 pm) and Alaska (Saturday, 2/25, 3 pm) at Whatcom Pavilion to close out the regular season.

Here is a look at the West Region rankings, and a link to the additional seven Division II regional rankings:

NCAA DIVISION II – WEST REGION RANKINGS (2-15-17)

Rank

School

Overall DII Record

In-Region Record

1.

Alaska Anchorage

23-0

21-0

2.

California Baptist

25-2

24-2

3.

Western Washington

21-3

21-2

4.

Simon Fraser

22-4

21-4

5.

UC San Diego

18-5

17-5

6.

Hawaii Pacific

17-4

16-3

7.

Point Loma

19-3

19-3

8.

Seattle Pacific

16-7

15-7

9.

Cal State East Bay

16-7

16-7

10.

Cal Poly Pomona

13-9

13-9

* Records through 2/12

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