It was one of those good news/bad news days for the UAA women's basketball team Wednesday.
The Seawolves were knocked off their perch as the No. 1 team in the West Region rankings, falling to No. 3 as a consequence of their loss last week to Northwest Nazarene. That's the bad news, because the No. 1 team is likely to host the West Region tournament next week.
The good news? UAA coach Ryan McCarthy and Kodiak junior Hannah Wandersee were among four Seawolves earning postseason honors from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
McCarthy, whose team returned one starter and five letter-winners from last season's 30-2 team, was named the GNAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season and the third time in his career. The Seawolves are 25-3 heading into this week's GNAC tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Wandersee, a 6-foot-2 center who emerged as a force this season, was one of six first-team selections. She leads the Seawolves in scoring (14.6 points per game), rebounding (6.4 per game), blocks (1.5 per game) and field-goal percentage (52.2).
Also receiving recognition for the Seawolves were senior forward Shelby Cloninger, who was one of six second-team picks, and sophomore guard Yazmeen Goo, one of nine honorable mention picks.
UAA and Northwest Nazarene tied for the regular-season GNAC championship and received first-round byes in the tournament.
Northwest Nazarene is the hottest team in the field, the winner of 13 straight games, including a 104-78 pounding of UAA last week in Nampa, Idaho. That's the game that sent UAA from No. 1 to No. 3 in the West Region rankings, behind Azusa Pacific and Northwest Nazarene.
The Seawolves have won the last three GNAC tournament championships.
The tournament tips off Thursday with two women's games and two men's games, including a 2:15 p.m. contest between the UAA men and Seattle Pacific.
GNAC All-Conference team
Player of the year — Alisha Breen, Montana State-Billings
Coach of the year — Ryan McCarthy, UAA
Defensive player of the year — Jordan McPhee, Seattle Pacific
Freshman of the year — Saniah Simpson-Patu, Saint Martin's
Newcomer of the year — Dani Iwami, Western Washington
Alisha Breen, MSU-Billings
Hannah Wandersee, UAA
Lexi Tubbs, Northwest Nazarene
Jordan McPhee, Seattle Pacific
Bailey Cartwright, Concordia
Jasmin Edwards Central Washington
Courtney Hollander, Seattle Pacific
Shelby Cloninger, UAA
Danielle Jardine, Northwest Nazarene
Sophie Swant, Simon Fraser
Danielle Hartzog, Concordia
Hannah Stipanovich, Western Washington
Lexi Carpenter, UAF
Yasmeen Goo, UAA
Alexis Pana, Central Washington
Keesha Sarman, Concordia
Rylee Kane, MSU-Billings
McKenna Walker, Northwest Nazarene
Elin Johansson, Saint Martin's
Rachel Shim, Seattle Pacific
Savannah Heugly, Western Oregon
GNAC Tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center
5:15 p.m. — Central Washington (15-13, 11-9) vs. MSU-Billings (19-11, 12-8)
7:30 p.m. — Simon Fraser (14-14, 9-11) vs. Seattle Pacific (21-6, 15-5)
5:15 p.m. — CWU-MSUB winner vs. Northwest Nazarene (22-3, 18-2)
7:30 p.m. — SFU-SPU winner vs UAA (25-3, 18-2)
7:30 p.m. — Championship
Noon — Central Washington (15-12, 10-10) vs. Saint Martin's (22-6, 15-5)
2:15 p.m. — UAA (15-13, 11-9) vs. Seattle Pacific (16-11, 11-9)
Noon — CWU-SMU winner vs. Western Washington (21-7, 16-4)
2:15 p.m. — UAA-SPU winner vs. Western Oregon (27-1, 19-1)
5:15 p.m. — Championship