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Women’s Basketball Ranked a Program-Best Sixth in Region

    By HPU Athletics. February 24, 2015 - 6:57 pm

WB2The Hawai’i Pacific Women’s Basketball Team (21-4, 16-2) sets a new program record for wins with every victory, beating the old record of 19 on the last road trip. Head Coach Reid Takatsuka became the winningest coach in HPU history this season. Morganne Comstock and Kylie Huerta continue to assault the record book. All this has led to some respect from the NCAA West Region voters with HPU being slotted sixth in the first edition of this year’s poll.

The top eight teams from the West Region (PacWest, CCAA, and GNAC) will fight it out for a ticket to the national tournament (Elite Eight) on March 13th-16th on the campus of the top seed.

HPU is currently ranked sixth, ahead of Cal Poly Pomona, Cal St. San Bernardino, Point Loma, and Western Washington. The Sharks trail Seattle Pacific, California Baptist, Cal State Dominguez Hills, and Humboldt State. Alaska Anchorage holds the top spot and is on track to host.

The Sharks have two more regular season games left and then up to two games in the PacWest Tournament. Potential matchups with Point Loma and Cal Baptist in the league tournament could loom large in the regional rankings.

HPU has qualified for the NCAA Tournament once in its history, as the eighth seed, in 2009-2010. In 2012-2013, HPU was ranked seventh in the second to last poll but was unceremoniously dropped to ninth after a loss in the PacWest final.

The women’s basketball team returns to the court to host Dominican on Tuesday (2/24) at the Neal Blaisdell Center at 4:30 pm. The newest rankings should come out the same day.

Photo by Eric Alcantara.