Ohio’s Ashland University (31-0) Ranked No. 1, Hosting Regional for Chance to Play in Columbus
Tickets On-Sale Now for Elite Eight, Final Four and Championship Games at Ohio Dominican
INDIANAPOLIS (March 5, 2017) - The NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Committee announced the field of 64 teams on Sunday that will compete in the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship. Twenty-four conferences have been awarded automatic qualification. The remaining 40 teams were selected at large by the committee.
Eight eight-team regionals will be played at on-campus sites March 10, 11 and 13. The eight regional champions advancing to the Women’s Elite Eight will be seeded by the Women’s Basketball Committee after completion of the regionals.
The 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Elite Eight will be held at Alumni Hall in Columbus, Ohio, March 21, 22 and 24. Ohio Dominican University and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission will serve as hosts. Tickets are on sale now for all three rounds at http://ohiodominicantickets.universitytickets.com.
The national quarterfinal games will begin at noon, 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21. The semifinal contests will be at 6 and 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 and broadcast on CBS Sports Network. The championship game will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 24, and also air on CBS Sports Network.
For the fourth time in six years, Ashland University’s women’s basketball team has earned the right to play host to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional tournament. The No. 1-ranked Eagles (31-0) will be the top seed and the host for the Midwest Regional, set for Friday (March 10), Saturday (March 11) and Monday, March 13. For more information on Ashland’s women’s basketball team visit http://goashlandeagles.com/sports/wbkb/2016-17/releases/20170305y3isqh
Conferences that received automatic qualification are as follows:
|California Collegiate Athletics Association
||Cal State East Bay
|Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
||University of the Sciences
|Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
||Johnson C. Smith
|East Coast Conference
|Great American Conference
|Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
|Great Lakes Valley Conference
|Great Midwest Athletic Conference
|Great Northwest Athletic Conference
|Gulf South Conference
|Lone Star Conference
|Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
|Mountain East Conference
|Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
|Pacific West Conference
|Peach Belt Conference
|Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
|Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
|South Atlantic Conference
|Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
|Sunshine State Conference
Those institutions receiving at-large berths are:
||UC San Diego
|West Texas A&M
|Eastern New Mexico
||Colorado State Pueblo
|Queens (New York)
|New York Institute of Technology
|Saginaw Valley State
|Grand Valley State
Atlantic Region | Central Region | East Region | Midwest Region
South Central Region | South Region | Southeast Region | West Region
For more information about the championship, log on to NCAA.com.
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Home Team in Caps
WASHINGTON 1, New Jersey 0
NY Rangers 2, BOSTON 1
PHILADELPHIA 2, Florida 1 (SO)
COLUMBUS 1, Minnesota 0
BUFFALO 6, Arizona 3
MONTREAL 2, Nashville 1
OTTAWA 2, Colorado 1
NY Islanders 5, DALLAS 4
LOS ANGELES 3, Toronto 2 (SO)
SAN JOSE 3, Vancouver 1
LATE CANADIENS GOAL SPOILS SUBBAN’S RETURN TO MONTREAL
Paul Byron scored the go-ahead goal on a breakaway with 8.3 seconds remaining in regulation to power the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens (36-21-8, 80 points) to their fourth straight win.
* Former Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban collected an assist in his first game in Montreal since being traded to the Predators in exchange for Shea Weber last June.
* Subban was brought to tears during a standing ovation from fans at Bell Centre after a video tribute was aired prior to the start of the game.
CAPITALS SET FRANCHISE RECORDS WITH (ANOTHER) SHUTOUT WIN
Jakub Vrana scored the only goal of the contest and Braden Holtby (15 saves) registered his League-leading eighth shutout of the season as the Capitals (43-13-7, 93 points) extended their home win and point streaks to 14 and 16 games (15-0-1), respectively, to eclipse previous benchmarks set in 2009-10.
* Elias notes that Washington became the first team to register a home win streak of 14 or more games since 2011-12, when Detroit established an NHL record with 23 consecutive home victories.
* The Capitals, who lead the NHL with 26 home wins this season (26-5-1, 53 points), have registered 10 shutouts at Verizon Center including six during their 14-game win streak. Prior to this season, Elias notes that their franchise record for home shutouts in one campaign was seven, set in 1995-96.
* Holtby improved to 18-0-2 in his past 20 decisions (1.71 GAA, .935 SV%, 5 SO), two shy of his career high for consecutive decisions with a point (20-0-2 in 2015-16). Elias notes that only one other goaltender in NHL history has achieved multiple stretches of 20 straight decisions with at least a point (within a single season): Pete Peeters in 1979-80 (27 GP) and 1982-83 (31 GP).
BLUE JACKETS, RANGERS KEEP PACE IN METROPOLITAN DIVISION
The Blue Jackets (40-16-6, 86 points) and Rangers (41-21-2, 84 points) both earned victories to keep pace with the League-leading Capitals in the crowded Metropolitan Division, where seed Nos. 2-4 are separated by only two points:
* Brandon Saad scored the only goal of the game early in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky denied all 38 shots he faced as the Blue Jackets blanked the Western Conference-leading Wild to reach the 40-win mark for the fourth time in franchise history. Bobrovsky posted his 33rd win of 2016-17 to set a new career high and match the franchise record for most wins in a season by a goaltender (Steve Mason in 2008-09).
* Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves while celebrating his 35th birthday to backstop the Rangers to their League-leading 22nd road win of the season (22-8-0, 44 points). Lundqvist earned the 403rd win of his NHL career (734 GP) to tie Grant Fuhr for 10th on the all-time list and match the NHL record for most wins by a goaltender in his first 12 seasons (Martin Brodeur: 403 in 740 GP).
SOLID FIRST IMPRESSIONS GUIDE SENATORS, FLYERS
The Senators (34-22-6, 74 points) and Flyers (30-26-7, 67 points) each secured wins via key performances from recent acquisitions:
* Alexandre Burrows scored both Ottawa goals in his team debut to guide the Senators to victory, keeping pace with the Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic Division. Elias notes that Burrows became the fourth player in franchise history to score twice in his team debut, joining Doug Smail (Oct. 8, 1992 vs. MTL), Brian Glynn (Oct. 6, 1993 vs. QUE) and Dan Quinn (March 17, 1994 at SJS).
* Valtteri Filppula scored the game-tying goal in his team debut and Jakub Voracek (0-1—1) tallied the decisive marker in the shootout as the Flyers earned a 2-1 victory. Filppula, who was acquired from Tampa Bay on Wednesday, snapped a 15-game drought with his first goal since Jan. 17 at ANA.
ISLANDERS, KINGS RALLY TO MOVE INTO FINAL WILD CARD SPOTS
The Islanders (30-22-10, 70 points) and Kings (31-27-6, 68 points) both overcame multi-goal deficits to move into the final Wild Card spots in their respective conferences:
* Ryan Strome registered 2-1—3 to help the Islanders overcome a 3-1 deficit and move ahead of the Maple Leafs (28-21-14, 70 points) for the last Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference.
* Los Angeles overcame a 2-0 deficit in the third period and Anze Kopitar (1-0—1) scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Kings improved to 3-1-2 in their last six contests to leapfrog the idle Blues (31-26-5, 67 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
Marcus Sorensen (GWG) scored the first goal of his NHL career (4 GP) to help the Pacific Division-leading Sharks (38-18-7, 83 points) extend their point streak to eight games (5-0-3) . . . Sabres forward Jack Eichel collected 1-2—3 to extend his point streak to eight contests (2-9—11) . . . Brent Burns (5-5—10 in 7 GP), Brayden Schenn (3-4—7 in 6 GP) and Jamie Benn (4-3—7 in 5 GP) also extended point streaks . . . Brad Marchand scored for the fourth consecutive game (4-4—8) . . . Forwards Joshua Ho-Sang (NYI), J.T. Compher (COL) and Kevin Rooney (NJD) made their NHL debuts . . . Hockey Hall of Fame play-by-play broadcaster Bob Miller will return to the Kings TV broadcast booth in April and then retire upon the conclusion of the regular season.
|DID YOU KNOW?
On March 3, 1875, the first hockey game
played under organized rules was held at Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal. The contest – which was played on a rink with no boards – featured two nine-man teams made up mainly of university students in a game that was divided into two halves.
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