by Mark Hoffman, Volunteer
The women’s basketball team is getting hot at the right time of year. The Seawolf hoopers (15-8 in Division II play) have rattled off six straight wins and ranked ninth in the NCAA Div. II West Region Women’s Basketball Rankings.
The Seawolves are currently preparing for the start of the GNAC Tournament quarterfinals, which starts March 6. A championship run through the GNAC tourney would assure UAA a position in the West Regional, but the Seawolves could also qualify as one of the five at- large bids. The final West Regional seeding will be announced March 10.
The NCAA West Regional Championship Tournament comprises confer- ence tournament winners from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, California Collegiate Athletic Association and Pacific West Conference, as well as the next five highest-rated teams in the West Region rankings. With UAA currently in ninth, they sit just one spot out of the tournament field.
Two seniors pace the Seawolves in the scoring department — point guard Sasha King and forward Alysa Horn. Each averages 15 points per contest.
King is also responsible for spreading the wealth — her six assists per game leads the GNAC and is fourth in all of Division II.
Horn is a scoring presence in the post and, most importantly, a beast on the boards. She’s pulling down 9.2 rebounds per game, which is second-best in the GNAC.
UAA’s conference tournament will feature a competitive field. Fellow GNAC members Western Washington (18-3) and Simon Frasier (18-4) sit atop the West Region poll in first and second place, respectively.
Northwest Nazarene (15-6) is current- ly ranked seventh.
The Seawolf women have won the last two GNAC tournaments and aim for a third win under first-year head coach Ryan McCarthy.