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NHL Morning Skate Report for Thursday, March 16, 2017

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
PHILADELPHIA 4, Pittsburgh 0
Boston 5, CALGARY 2
COLORADO 3, Detroit 1
ANAHEIM 2, St. Louis 1

MARCHAND, PASTRNAK HELP BRUINS END FLAMES’ STREAK
Brad Marchand (1-1—2) scored his 36th goal of the season to take over the League lead and power the Bruins to their fourth straight victory, halting Calgary’s franchise-record-tying win streak at 10 games.

* The Bruins (38-26-6, 82 points) improved to 12-3-0 in their last 15 contests to move within three points of the Senators (39-22-7, 85 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division. Ottawa holds a 2-0-0 edge in the season series (BOS: 0-2-0), though the teams meet twice more this season: March 21 and April 6, both at BOS.

* Marchand (36-40—76) – who has seven goals in his last five games – moved into a tie with Patrick Kane (31-45—76) and Connor McDavid (24-52—76) in the Art Ross Trophy race. His 36 goals place him one ahead of Sidney Crosby (35) in the push for the “Rocket” Richard Trophy and within one of equaling a career high established in 2015-16.

David Pastrnak scored twice to reach the 30-goal mark for the first time and extend his career-high point streak to 10 games (5-9—14). Elias notes that Pastrnak is the first Bruins player with a point in 10 straight team games since Patrice Bergeron had a 12-game streak from March 17 – April 8, 2014 (10-6—16).

DUCKS, FLYERS RIDE STRONG GOALTENDING TO KEY WINS
The Ducks and Flyers were backstopped to key wins via strong performances from their netminders:

Jonathan Bernier (26 saves) earned his fourth straight victory and Rickard Rakell scored his 30th goal of the season as the Ducks improved to 4-1-0 in their last five contests and 6-1-0 in their last seven games at Honda Center. Anaheim (37-23-10, 84 points) established a two-point lead over Calgary (39-27-4, 82 points) for second place in the Pacific Division. Rakell reached the 30-goal mark in his 59th game of the season, one more goal than his total from his first 165 career contests.

Steve Mason (23 saves) earned his third shutout of the season to help the Flyers (32-29-8, 72 points) snap a three-game slide and move back within five points of the idle Islanders (33-25-11, 77 points) for the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Wayne Simmonds netted the 200th goal of his NHL career to move within one tally of reaching 30 goals for a second time (2015-16: 32 in 81 GP); he shares the League lead with 15 power-play goals this season (tying a career high set in 2013-14).

LOOSE PUCKS
The League issued a statement regarding Wednesday’s decision by the U.S. District Court regarding the suspension of Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman . . . Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron hit the 30-assist plateau for the 10th time in his career. Elias notes that only three other Bruins players have recorded at least that many 30-assist seasons: Ray Bourque (19), Johnny Bucyk (17) and Rick Middleton (10) . . . Flames forward Matt Stajan (0-1—1) recorded the 400th point of his NHL career . . . Avalanche forward J.T. Compher recorded his first NHL goal (8 GP), while teammate Anton Lindholm made his NHL debut . . . ICYMI: Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr, 45, issued a workout challenge to fans on Facebook . . . Members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players gathered in Ottawa to help start the celebration of 125 years of the Stanley Cup.

Photo via Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photography

SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Philadelphia @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., TVAS, MSG+, CSN-PH
Winnipeg @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m., MSG+ 2, TSN3
Nashville @ Washington, 7 p.m., NHLN-US, CSN-DC, FS-TN
Minnesota @ Carolina, 7 p.m., FS-CR, FS-N, FS-WI
Florida @ Columbus, 7 p.m., TVAS, FS-O, FS-F
Chicago @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., TSN5, RDS, CSN-CH
Toronto @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., SUN, SNO
Boston @ Edmonton, 9 p.m., SNW, NESN
Dallas @ Vancouver, 10 p.m., SNP, FS-SW
Detroit @ Arizona, 10 p.m., FS-A, FS-D
Buffalo @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., FS-W, MSG-B
St. Louis @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., CSN-CA, FS-MW
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ART ROSS CONTENDERS FACE OFF IN EDMONTON
Forwards Connor McDavid (24-52—76) and Brad Marchand (36-40—76) – who are tied for first in NHL scoring with Patrick Kane (31-45—76) – continue their pursuit of the Art Ross Trophy when the Oilers (36-24-9, 81 points) and Bruins (38-26-6, 82 points) meet in Edmonton. Marchand collected 1-1—2 last night to take sole possession of the League lead in goals and help Boston secure a fourth straight win. McDavid, meanwhile, needs four points to become the third Oilers player to reach 80 points in the past 20 years.

WILD CARD RACES INTENSIFY IN BOTH CONFERENCES
Several teams – both inside and outside the playoff picture – take to the ice in hopes of improving their position:

* In the East, the Lightning (34-26-9, 77 points) host the Maple Leafs (31-23-14, 76 points) as both clubs look to overtake the Islanders (33-25-11, 77 points) – who host the Jets (30-33-7, 67 points) – for the second Eastern Conference Wild Card spot. Toronto is 3-1-0 in its last four contests, while Tampa Bay has earned a point in six straight games (5-0-1).

* In the West, the Kings (33-29-7, 73 points) host the Sabres (28-30-12, 68 points) looking to reel in the Blues (36-28-5, 77 points), who continue a five-game road trip against the Pacific Division-leading Sharks (42-20-7, 91 points). Los Angeles sits four points back of St. Louis for the second and final Wild Card spot.

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHL MORNING SKATE REPORT

 

MLB names Roberto Alomar Special Consultant in Puerto Rico focusing on youth baseball development

Roberto Alomar By Mental Lint from North Creek NY, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Hall of Famer will advise Commissioner and represent MLB in the commonwealth

 

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. today announced that he has named Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar as a Special Consultant to Major League Baseball who will focus on youth baseball development and other league goals in Puerto Rico.

Alomar’s duties will include advising the Office of the Commissioner on issues related to youth baseball in Puerto Rico and serving as an ambassador at events and development initiatives on the island, including youth clinics and tournaments. The 2011 Hall of Fame inductee will assist in MLB’s efforts to attract and develop Puerto Rican players, coaches, managers and front office personnel. Alomar, 49, will also serve as a spokesperson for MLB’s Pitch Hit and Run program in Puerto Rico.

Commissioner Manfred said: “I look forward to Roberto playing a role in our youth initiatives in Puerto Rico and contributing to our Pipeline Program. With many exciting young Puerto Rican players in our game today we have a great opportunity to take strides forward in the years ahead. I am pleased that Roberto will be a part of building on Puerto Rico’s rich baseball tradition.”

Alomar said: “I am honored to partner with Commissioner Manfred and Major League Baseball on this important initiative. We have a proud history and a great passion for the game of baseball in Puerto Rico and I am very excited to play a role in the development of our youth”

Alomar assembled a 17-year Hall of Fame career in the Major Leagues from 1988-2004. The standout second baseman helped lead the Toronto Blue Jays to consecutive World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993. He made 12 consecutive All-Star Game appearances between 1990-2001. Alomar earned 10 Gold Gloves in his career. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 1992 American League Championship Series and batted .480 (12-25) with six RBI and four stolen bases in the 1993 World Series. Overall, Alomar’s Clubs (TOR, BAL and CLE) participated in the Postseason seven times in 10 opportunities between 1991-2001. Before he entered Cooperstown in 2011, the Blue Jays retired Alomar’s number 12 – the first time that the franchise had ever so honored a player in its history.

Alomar was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and attended Luis Muñoz Rivera High School in Salinas. Roberto’s father Sandy and brother Sandy Jr. have both been longtime Major League players and coaches. Sandy Jr., Roberto’s former Cleveland teammate, is currently on the Major League coaching staff of the Indians.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

NFL announces 2016 Performance-Based Pay distributions for players

 

NFL Players will receive $127.84 million in “Performance-Based Pay” for their performance during the 2016 season, the NFL announced today. The Performance-Based Pay program is a collectively-bargained benefit that compensates players based upon their playing time and salary levels.

In addition to the Performance-Based Pay pool​​​, the NFL Players Association has elected to dedicate $32 million in benefits (i.e., $1 million per club) to fund a Veteran Performance-Based Compensation Pool (the “Veteran Pool”) for players with more than one Accrued Season. In total, $159.84 million will be disbursed to players under the combined pools.

Atlanta Falcons cornerback BRIAN POOLE earned the highest amount in the Performance-Based Pay program. Oakland Raiders guard GABE JACKSON earned the most in the Veteran Pool. Under the combined pools, Atlanta safety RICARDO ALLEN earned the highest amount of all NFL players. See the tables below for the top 25 bonuses in each category.

Players have been paid over $1.2 billion cumulatively since the inception of the Performance-Based Pay program, which was implemented as part of the NFL’s 2002 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association, and continues as part of the parties’ current agreement.

The Veteran Pool is a component of the Rookie Redistribution Fund, which is a player benefit that was created under the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The NFL Players Association elected to fund the Veteran Pool for the first time this past year.

HOW PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY WORKS:

Under the Performance-Based Pay program, a fund is created and used as a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. Players become eligible to receive a bonus distribution in any regular season in which they play at least one official down.

Performance-Based Pay is computed by using a player index (“Index”). To produce the Index, a player’s regular-season playtime (total plays on offense, defense and special teams) is divided by his adjusted regular-season compensation (full season salary, prorated portion of signing bonus, earned incentives). Each player’s Index is then compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his Performance-Based Pay.

The Veteran Pool is computed in a similar manner, with two significant modifications: 1) Players with zero Accrued Seasons are not eligible to receive distributions, however, such players remain eligible to receive distributions under the Performance-Based Pay program; and 2) to calculate the eligible player’s Index, if the player’s full season base salary is less than $1 million, an additional amount will be imputed so that the player’s base salary equals $1 million. This imputation of salary is solely for the purpose of calculating distributions from the pool, and does not affect the actual salary paid to the player.

ILLUSTRATION OF PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY SYSTEM

​Each player on the same team com­petes for his own share of his club’s Performance-Based Pay pool. The hypothetical example in the table below illustrates how the Player Index works, using a simplified four-player team and a club bonus pool of $1,000,000. Each player receives his share of the pool depending on how his index compares to those of his teammates​

A

Playtime

B

Compensation

C

Index

(A/B)

D

% of Club Bonus Pool

(C/Team Total C)

E

Hypothetical Bonus

(D * $1,000,000)

Player A 50% $     500,000 10.0 50% of the Club’s pool (10 out of 20) 50% * $1,000,000 = $500,000
Player B 50% $  1,000,000 5.0 25% of the Club’s pool (5 out of 20) 25% * $1,000,000 = $250,000
Player C 20% $     500,000 4.0 20% of the Club’s pool (4 out of 20) 20% * $1,000,000 = $200,000
Player D 10% $  1,000,000 1.0 5% of the Club’s pool (1 out of 20) 5% * $1,000,000 =     $50,000
Team Total: 20.0 Points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP 25 PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY DISTRIBUTIONS FOR 2016

PLAYER CLUB POSITION COLLEGE ENTRY

YEAR

DRAFT

ROUND

DISTRIBUTION
1 Brian Poole Atlanta CB Florida 2016 UDFA $ 371,783.11
2 Dak Prescott Dallas QB Mississippi State 2016 4 $ 353,544.57
3 Anthony Brown Dallas CB Purdue 2016 6 $ 346,198.12
4 Ricardo Allen Atlanta SS Purdue 2014 5 $ 342,712.65
5 David Andrews New England C Georgia 2015 UDFA $ 341,353.27
6 Jalen Mills Philadelphia CB Louisiana State 2016 7 $ 324,112.11
7 Trenton Brown San Francisco T Florida 2015 7 $ 323,714.54
8 Zach Orr Baltimore LB North Texas 2014 UDFA $ 317,986.94
9 Alejandro Villanueva Pittsburgh T Army 2014 UDFA $ 317,676.41
10 Andrew Adams New York Giants S Connecticut 2016 UDFA $ 316,310.42
11 Greg Mancz Houston C Toledo 2015 UDFA $ 314,808.54
12 Russell Bodine Cincinnati C North Carolina 2014 4 $ 314,040.72
13 Quinton Spain Tennessee G West Virginia 2015 UDFA $ 307,518.91
14 LaDarius Gunter Green Bay CB Miami 2015 UDFA $ 306,388.79
15 Matt Paradis Denver C Boise State 2014 6 $ 306,002.71
16 Joe Thuney New England G North Carolina State 2016 3 $ 305,206.63
17 Mark Glowinski Seattle G West Virginia 2015 4 $ 303,282.60
18 Jordan Hicks Philadelphia LB Texas 2015 3 $ 300,142.56
19 Telvin Smith Jacksonville LB Florida State 2014 5 $ 293,471.03
20 Andrew Norwell Carolina G Ohio State 2014 UDFA $ 291,975.48
21 Kwon Alexander Tampa Bay LB Louisiana State 2015 4 $ 291,500.78
22 Tajae Sharpe Tennessee WR Massachusetts 2016 5 $ 289,676.53
23 Malcolm Butler New England CB West Alabama 2014 UDFA $ 287,598.82
24 Bobby Hart New York Giants G Florida State 2015 7 $ 285,288.92
25 Kevin Byard Tennessee S Middle Tennessee 2016 3 $ 284,778.17

 

UDFA – Undrafted free agent

​TOP 25 BONUSES IN VETERAN PERFORMANCE-BASED COMPENSATION

PLAYER CLUB POSITION COLLEGE ENTRY

YEAR

DRAFT

ROUND

DISTRIBUTION
1 Gabe Jackson Oakland G Mississippi State 2014 3 $ 91,475.02
2 Zach Orr Baltimore LB North Texas 2014 UDFA $ 88,953.05
3 Ricardo Allen Atlanta S Purdue 2014 5 $ 87,007.27
4 Telvin Smith Jacksonville LB Florida State 2014 5 $ 85,686.64
5 Russell Bodine Cincinnati C North Carolina 2014 4 $ 85,122.27
6 David Andrews New England C Georgia 2015 UDFA $ 84,990.99
7 Christian Kirksey Cleveland LB Iowa 2014 3 $ 84,154.17
8 Alejandro Villanueva Pittsburgh T Army 2014 UDFA $ 83,976.05
9 Matt Paradis Denver C Boise State 2014 6 $ 83,805.46
10 Nevin Lawson Detroit CB Utah State 2014 4 $ 82,733.59
11 Jordan Hicks Philadelphia LB Texas 2015 3 $ 81,813.54
12 Ross Cockrell Pittsburgh CB Duke 2014 4 $ 81,720.88
13 Malcolm Butler New England CB West Alabama 2014 UDFA $ 81,283.90
14 Mark Glowinski Seattle G West Virginia 2015 4 $ 80,458.15
15 Avery Williamson Tennessee LB Kentucky 2014 5 $ 79,530.11
16 Greg Mancz Houston C Toledo 2015 UDFA $ 78,126.46
17 Max Garcia Denver G Florida 2015 4 $ 77,242.30
18 LaDarius Gunter Green Bay CB Miami 2015 UDFA $ 77,072.97
19 A.J. Cann Jacksonville G South Carolina 2015 3 $ 76,986.67
20 Kwon Alexander Tampa Bay LB Louisiana State 2015 4 $ 76,811.45
21 Andrew Norwell Carolina G Ohio State 2014 UDFA $ 76,325.88
22 Bobby Hart New York Giants G Florida State 2015 7 $ 75,784.04
23 Charles Leno Chicago T Boise State 2014 7 $ 75,571.75
24 Shaquille Mason New England G Georgia Tech 2015 4 $ 74,876.72
25 Quinton Spain Tennessee G West Virginia 2015 UDFA $ 74,429.55

 

UDFA – Undrafted free agent

TOP 25 COMBINED TOTAL (PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY AND VETERAN PERFORMANCE-BASED COMPENSATION)

PLAYER CLUB POS COLLEGE ENTRY

YEAR

DRAFT

ROUND

REGULAR PBP VETERAN PBP COMBINED DISTRIBUTION
1 Ricardo Allen Atlanta S Purdue 2014 5 $ 342,712.65 $ 87,007.27 $ 429,719.92
2 David Andrews New England C Georgia 2015 UDFA $ 341,353.27 $ 84,990.99 $ 426,344.26
3 Zach Orr Baltimore LB North Texas 2014 UDFA $ 317,986.94 $ 88,953.05 $ 406,939.99
4 Alejandro Villanueva Pittsburgh T Army 2014 UDFA $ 317,676.41 $ 83,976.05 $ 401,652.46
5 Russell Bodine Cincinnati C North Carolina 2014 4 $ 314,040.72 $ 85,122.27 $ 399,162.99
6 Trenton Brown San Francisco T Florida 2015 7 $ 323,714.54 $ 73,123.24 $ 396,837.78
7 Greg Mancz Houston C Toledo 2015 UDFA $ 314,808.54 $ 78,126.46 $ 392,935.00
8 Matt Paradis Denver C Boise State 2014 6 $ 306,002.71 $ 83,805.46 $ 389,808.17
9 Mark Glowinski Seattle G West Virginia 2015 4 $ 303,282.60 $ 80,458.15 $ 383,740.75
10 LaDarius Gunter Green Bay CB Miami 2015 UDFA $ 306,388.79 $ 77,072.97 $ 383,461.76
11 Quinton Spain Tennessee G West Virginia 2015 UDFA $ 300,142.56 $ 81,813.54 $ 381,956.10
12 Jordan Hicks Philadelphia LB Texas 2015 3 $ 307,518.91 $ 74,429.55 $ 381,948.46
13 Telvin Smith Jacksonville LB Florida State 2014 5 $ 293,471.03 $ 85,686.64 $ 379,157.67
14 Brian Poole Atlanta CB Florida 2016 UDFA $ 371,783.11 $               - $ 371,783.11
15 Malcolm Butler New England CB West Alabama 2014 UDFA $ 287,598.82 $ 81,283.90 $ 368,882.72
16 Kwon Alexander Tampa Bay LB Louisiana State 2015 4 $ 291,500.78 $ 76,811.45 $ 368,312.23
17 Andrew Norwell Carolina G Ohio State 2014 UDFA $ 291,975.48 $ 76,325.88 $ 368,301.36
18 Gabe Jackson Oakland G Mississippi State 2014 3 $ 273,174.55 $ 91,475.02 $ 364,649.57
19 Bobby Hart NY Giants G Florida State 2015 7 $ 285,288.92 $ 75,784.04 $ 361,072.96
20 Avery Williamson Tennessee LB Kentucky 2014 5 $ 279,923.35 $ 79,530.11 $ 359,453.46
21 Dak Prescott Dallas QB Mississippi State 2016 4 $ 353,544.57 $               - $ 353,544.57
22 Ross Cockrell Pittsburgh CB Duke 2014 4 $ 270,899.82 $ 81,720.88 $ 352,620.70
23 Shaquille Mason New England G Georgia Tech 2015 4 $ 277,474.07 $ 74,876.72 $ 352,350.79
24 Anthony Brown Dallas CB Purdue 2016 6 $ 346,198.12 $               - $ 346,198.12
25 Nevin Lawson Detroit CB Utah State 2014 4 $ 261,672.97 $ 82,733.59 $ 344,406.56

 

UDFA – Undrafted free agent

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

Columbus, Ohio currently hosting American Collegiate Hockey Championships at Nationwide Arena, Chiller locations at Easton, Dublin & North

 

 

Top Intercollegiate Division I Men’s ACHA Hockey Teams Face Off ;

Discounted Tournament All-Access Passes for Adults; Free Admission for Kids 18 and Under

 

WHAT: The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), a member of USA Hockey with 500 college and university-affiliated programs, will host all five of their divisions championships, Men’s Divisions 1, 2 and 3 and Women’s Divisions 1 and 2, together for the first time in history.

WHO: The national championships in Columbus will feature more than 70 teams and over 1,600 players competing in 100+ games. The event is expected to generate an estimated 3,000 hotel room nights for the city.


WHEN/
Thursday, March 9 – Saturday, March 19

WHERE: OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks (Dublin, Easton, North locations)
and OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena

The remaining action for the three men’s and two women’s divisions will available atachanationals.com. Media can pick up credentials in the lobby of the Ice Haus or by contacting Tobin Ernst at tobin@anglespr.com.

 

DIVISION OPENS CHAMPIONSHIP VENUE

Men’s D1                Thursday, March 9                Tuesday, March 14                OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena
Women’s D1         Wednesday, March 15         Sunday, March 19                  OhioHealth Chiller Easton*
Women’s D2         Wednesday, March 15         Sunday, March 19                  OhioHealth Chiller Easton
Men’s D2                Wednesday, March 15         Sunday, March 19                  OhioHealth Chiller Dublin**
Men’s D3                Tuesday, March 14                Saturday, March 18               OhioHealth Chiller North**


*The WD1 Championship Game will be played at the OhioHealth Ice Haus

**The MD2 & MD3 Semifinal and Championship Games will be played at the OhioHealth Ice Haus

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Bruce Wimbish | Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Matt Loughran | American Collegiate Hockey Association, Tobin Ernst | ANGLES Public Relations; COURTESY AMERICAN COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION, ANGLES PUBLIC RELATIONS & GREATER COLUMBUS SPORTS COMMISSION


 

2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Elite Eight is set for Columbus, Ohio; nearby Ashland University Eagles in the mix

 

 

Ohio’s Ashland University (34-0) Ranked No. 1 Nationally to Compete for Title in Columbus

Tickets On-Sale Now for Elite Eight, Final Four and Championship Games at Ohio Dominican

COLUMBUS (March 14, 2017) – On Monday, the eight regional champions that will compete in the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Elite Eight 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship stamped their tickets for Columbus. The 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 eight regional champions advancing to the Women’s Elite Eight were re-seeded by the Women’s Basketball Committee after completion of the regionals.

 

The national quarterfinal games at Ohio Dominican will be:

  • #3 Columbus State (GA) (31-1) vs. #6 Virginia Union (26-4) | 12:00 p.m.
  • #2 Cal Baptist (34-2) vs. vs. #7 West Florida (28-6) | 2:30 p.m.
  • #1 Ashland (OH) (34-0) vs. #8 West Texas A&M (26-8) | 6:00 p.m.
  • #4 Harding (30-3) vs. #5 Queens (N.Y.) (27-4) | 8:30 p.m.

 

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.

 

Ohio’s Ashland University will look to win its second NCAA national championship in five years in Columbus after winning the Division II women’s basketball title in 2013. The Eagles were the national runner-up in 2012. The program won its third Midwest Regional title in the last six seasons this past Monday, 74-62, over Drury. Ashland’s all-time postseason winning percentage of .783 (18-5) is tied for the best in D-II history with North Dakota State (47-13) among programs with at least 20 games played.


Columbus was awarded this NCAA championship event for the first time in 2013. It will continue a historic stretch with the NCAA as until 2016, no city had hosted all three divisions (Division I, II and III) of the women’s basketball championship consecutively.  Capital University hosted the 2016 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball national semifinals at The Capital Center and The Ohio State University will host the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four at Nationwide Arena in 2018.

 

Ohio Dominican University’s Alumni Hall (courtesy ODU)

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Bruce Wimbish | Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Laura Brown | Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Scott Miles | Ohio Dominican University; COURTESY NCAA, OHIO DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY & GREATER COLUMBUS SPORTS COMMISSION

 

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