BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – April 14, 2021 – The Hockey Commissioners Association has named Wisconsin senior Daryl Watts its National Player of the Month and freshman forward Makenna Webster its National Rookie of the Month for March the HCA announced Wednesday.
Watts scored four goals and added an assist while leading the Badgers to their sixth NCAA title and their ninth WCHA postseason tournament title. The senior forward scored twice in the Badgers' 3-2 OT win in the WCHA Final Faceoff Championship and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament before scoring the game-winning overtime goal in the Badgers' 2-1 triumph over Northeastern in the NCAA title game. Her five points were tied for the second-most in the WCHA during the month while her +6 plus/minus rating ranked second in the league.
Webster was named the NCAA Frozen Four Most Outstanding Performer after leading the Badgers to their sixth NCAA title. The freshman forward scored twice and added an assist during the Badgers' Frozen Four run, and she also scored twice in the Badgers' win against Minnesota in the WCHA Final Faceoff. Her five points were tied for the most among WCHA players.
Northeastern's Aerin Frankel joined Watts and Webster as the third March national honoree, earning Goaltender of the Month honors.
This month's awards are the fourth and fifth national honors for the WCHA and third and fourth for the Badgers in 2020-21. Watts earned Player of the Month honors in January while forward Lacey Eden was tabbed the February Rookie of the Month. Minnesota's Lauren Bench received Goaltender of the Month honors in November.
About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Women's League
The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association marked its 22nd season in 2020-21. The nation's premier women's hockey conference, WCHA member institutions have won a record 17 national championships since the league's inception in 1999 (including 16 of a possible 19 NCAA titles), while producing seven Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners, 105 All-Americans and numerous Olympic and national team members. The seven-team, NCAA Division I conference consists of: Bemidji State University (Beavers), the University of Minnesota (Golden Gophers), the University of Minnesota Duluth (Bulldogs), Minnesota State University (Mavericks), The Ohio State University (Buckeyes), St. Cloud State University (Huskies) and the University of Wisconsin (Badgers). The WCHA will grow to eight members with the addition of the University of St. Thomas (Tommies) beginning with the 2021-22 season. For more information, visit wcha.com.