Usually a visit from the NCAA would make a school nervous, but the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) was happy to host on Friday.


Anucha Browne is a vice president with the NCAA in charge of women’s basketball championships. She made her first trip the 49th state to meet with the women’s basketball team, last year’s runner-up at the NCAA Division II title game.





The Seawolves fell to Lubbock Christian.


“This (Alaska Airlines Center) is a fantastic facility, and the university continues to produce championship programs,” said Browne.


The NCAA likes to come together with programs that participated in title games to exchange ideas and look ahead to the future. In the Seawolves’ case, that could mean a hosting gig for early round basketball.


“For a larger championship — the ultimate championship — we need a larger venue, particularly for Division I. For Division II or III, this could be a nice fit,” she said.


The UAA volleyball team hosted early rounds of the sport’s NCAA Tournament last year.


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