(HPU Athletics) - Hawai'i Pacific University remains third in the West Region in the second NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Regional Rankings announced Wednesday by the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Committee.
The Sharks (23-2, 17-1) had a 22-2 record against Division II teams and a 20-2 against teams within the West Region at the start of the week when the ranking record began.
Alaska Anchorage (22-2 DII, 22-2 West Region) moved to the top ranking in the region this week, passing Azusa Pacific (24-3 DII, 22-3) who dropped to second. HPU stayed in the number three spot. Northwest Nazarene (20-3 DII, 20-3) climbed to fourth, with UC San Diego (23-3 DII, 23-3) dropping to fifth, Seattle Pacific (19-6 DII, 19-5) sixth, Cal Poly Pomona (17-8 DII, 17-8) seventh and Montana State Billings (16-10 DII, 16-8) eighth. Dominican (Calif.) (16-8, 16-8) moves up to ninth, with Point Loma (16-10 DII, 15-10) 10th.
HPU has a 4-1 (.800) record against teams in this week's regional ranking. HPU has a loss to Alaska Anchorage to open the season, and has wins over Azusa Pacific, Montana State Billings, Dominican and Point Loma.
This is the second of three regional rankings that are issued prior to the announcement of the field for NCAA Division II Tournament.
The NCAA Division II Regional Rankings are used to select and seed the eight-team NCAA Division II West Regional. The PacWest Conference, Great Northwest Athletic Conference and the California Collegiate Athletic Association all have automatic berths to the tournament for their conference tournament champions. The other five berths to the NCAAs are selected at large via the regional rankings.
The Sharks have two games left in the regular season, both this week. The No. 21 Sharks host No. 19 Azusa Pacific in HPU's final home contest on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Moanalua High School Gym. Senior Night activities will follow the game. Then on Saturday, HPU visits the Big Island to face Hawai'i Hilo at 5:30 p.m. in Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.
NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WEST REGION RANKINGS
Released Feb. 21, 2018
|Rank||School||DII Record||Region Record|
|5||UC San Diego||23-3||23-3|
|7||Cal Poly Pomona||17-8||17-8|
|8||Montana State Billings||16-10||16-8|