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Vikings set as No. 3 seed in West Regional tournament

WWU women will face No. 6 Cal Poly Pomona in first round

Western Washington University's bench celebrates a Mason Oberg 3-pointer Saturday, March 9 in the Vikings' 54-52 win over Montana State Billings in the GNAC Tournament championship at Nicholson Pavilion in Ellensburg. (Photo courtesy of Jacob Thompson/Central Washington University Athletics)
By Connor J. Benintendi Sports Editor

Fresh off its second straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament championship, Western Washington University women’s basketball is set as the No. 3 seed in its fourth consecutive NCAA Division II West Regional tournament appearance.

Western (23-6), which received an automatic bid to the tournament following its 54-52 GNAC title game victory over Montana State Billings, will face No. 6 Cal Poly Pomona (20-9) in the quarterfinals at 12 p.m. on Friday, March 15 at the Felix Event Center in Azusa, California. Top-seeded Azusa Pacific (28-3) is hosting the tournament.

A quarterfinal win would send the Vikings to a 5 p.m. semifinal the next day against either No. 2 Cal State San Marcos (23-6) or No. 7 Point Loma (18-12). Montana State Billings (26-6) is the only other GNAC school that received an at-large bid, and the Yellowjackets are the No. 4 seed.

West Regional games will be available to watch at via the Championships Pass ($29.95) — a paid webcast that is new this season. Alternatively, fans can purchase single-game streams for $9.95.

The full schedule for the West Regional tournament is below.

Friday, March 15: Quarterfinals

Game 1: No. 3 Western Washington (23-6) vs. No. 6 Cal Poly Pomona (20-9), 12 p.m.

Game 2: No. 2 Cal State San Marcos (23-6) vs. No. 7 Point Loma (18-12), 2:30 p.m.

Game 3: No. 1 Azusa Pacific (28-3) vs. No. 8 Cal State LA (17-12), 5 p.m.

Game 4: No. 4 Montana State Billings (26-6) vs. No. 5 Chico State (21-9), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 16: Semifinals

Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 5 p.m.

Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, March 18: West Regional Final

Championship: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 7 p.m. (winner to Elite Eight in St. Joseph, Missouri, March 25–29)

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the date of Western’s regional game. The Vikings play on Friday, March 15. The story was updated to reflect this change at 3:40 p.m. on March 12, 2024. Cascadia Daily News regrets the error.

Connor J. Benintendi is CDN’s sports editor; reach him at; 360-922-3090 ext. 104.

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