EDINA, Minn. – March 6, 2016 – Two familiar rivals – Wisconsin and Minnesota – will represent the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in the eight-team field that will compete for the NCAA championship, as announced this evening by the National Collegiate Women's Ice Hockey Committee. Both the Badgers and Gophers will be vying to win the WCHA's 16th national title in 17 seasons (16 NCAA crowns).
Wisconsin (34-3-1) is the tournament's No. 2 seed and will host College Hockey America (CHA) champion Mercyhurst in a March 12 quarterfinal at LaBahn Arena. The Badgers, the 2015-16 WCHA regular season champions, earned an automatic berth to the tournament by successfully defending their Final Face-Off title with a 1-0 win over Minnesota earlier today. Wisconsin is a four-time NCAA champion (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011).
Defending national champion Minnesota received one of four at-large bids and is the tournament's No. 3 seed. The 32-4-1 Gophers will host fellow at-large invitee Princeton, who finished third in the ECAC Hockey regular season, in a March 12 quarterfinal contest at Ridder Arena. Minnesota has won six national titles (including the 2000 AWCHA crown), while hoisting a record-tying five NCAA championship trophies (2004, 2005, 2012, 2013 and 2015).
NCAA Quarterfinal Match-Ups
No. 1 seed (Hockey East champion) Boston College (38-0-0) hosts (at-large) Northeastern (28-8-1).
No. 4 seed (ECAC Hockey champion) Quinnipiac (30-2-5) hosts (at-large) Clarkson (29-4-5).
No. 2 seed (WCHA champion) Wisconsin (34-3-1) hosts (CHA champion) Mercyhurst (19-10-5).
No. 3 seed (at-large) Minnesota (32-4-1) hosts (at-large) Princeton (22-8-2).
The quarterfinal winners advance to the 2016 NCAA Women's Frozen Four, hosted by the University of New Hampshire, at the Whittemore Center Arena in Durham, N.H., March 18-20.