Ammerman, McKeough take top honors at women's hockey banquet


ON WISCONSIN <b>Brianna Decker was named the team's rookie of the year. </b>
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Brianna Decker was named the team's rookie of the year.
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April 21, 2010

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s hockey team, who finished 18-13-3 overall and 15-12-1 in the WCHA, held its annual end-of-the-year banquet on Friday, April 16. The Badgers looked back on the season, celebrated the senior class and handed out team awards which were voted on by the team.

Five players were rewarded for their efforts during the 2009-10 season which included Brooke Ammerman as offensive player of the year and freshman Stefanie McKeough as the defensive player of the year.

Brianna Decker was named rookie of the year and the Badger Award for the team’s most inspiring player went to Geena Prough. Senior captain Jasmime Giles earned the Jeff Sauer Award for being the most dedicated player. The senior class consisted of Giles, Kyla Sanders, Alannah McCready and Emily Kranz.

Ammerman, Wisconsin’s top scoring threat, played in 36 games this season leading the team in nearly every category. A team-leading 38 points, 20 goals and six game-winning goals has helped this Badger to an All-WCHA Third Team selection and a WCHA Offensive Player of the Week. During an 11-game point streak she recorded a career-high tying four-goal game against Wayne State. Throughout the season she had eight multi-point games and three multi-goal games. Her scoring output ranked her 26th in the nation.

McKeough ranked second on the team in scoring for defenseman and was a powerful threat on special teams. Her 14 assists ranked fifth on the team and she tallied her first career-goal against Minnesota State. Most impressively, she had a team-leading plus-25 rating on the season and two multiple-point games in her first season as a Badger. For her efforts she was placed on the third team All-WCHA and All-Rookie squad.

In her first season as a Badger freshman Brianna Decker scored the team’s first two goals to lead Wisconsin to its first win of the season against North Dakota. Decker battled back after an injury to rank third on the team in scoring and first among rookies to earn her honor as rookie of the year. Through only 27 games she collected 27 points, 15 goals and 12 assists. She collected her first collegiate hat trick against Ohio State. She tallied seven multi-point games and four multi-goal games. Decker was also a three-time WCHA Rookie of the Week and an All-WCHA Rookie Team member.

Prough was UW’s most versatile player who saw time on both the offense and defense, helping out when called upon to earn the Badger Award. During the season she notched eight goals and nine assists finishing the season ranked 22nd for points per game for defenseman. Against Ohio State she scored two goals which turned into a three-game point streak with assists against Minnesota.

Senior Jasmine Giles reached her 100th career point on her senior day where she recorded two goals and an assist against Minnesota State. She capped her career with 109 points including 41 goals and 68 assists. She finished her Badger career on a hot streak which included 11 points (six goals and five assists) in only five games. Her dedication went beyond her play, never missing a game in her collegiate career, playing in 159 games.

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