DULUTH, Minn. -- Wisconsin junior forward Brianna Decker has been named the recipient of the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award given annually to the top female hockey player in the nation. Decker is the fourth Badger to win the award, joining Sara Bauer (2006), Jessie Vetter (2009) and Meghan Duggan (2011).
Decker leads the nation in goals with 37 and is tied for the national lead in points with 82. Earlier this year, she set the program's record for longest scoring streak at 32 consecutive games, recording at least one point in every game between Feb. 11, 2011 and Jan. 6, 2012. She has also recorded 26 multi-point games, 13 multi-assist games and nine multi-goal games this season. Decker sits fourth all-time at UW with 189 career points.
The Badgers defeated Boston College, 6-2, in the 2012 NCAA Women's Frozen Four semifinal round Friday. Wisconsin will take on Minnesota in the national championship game at 3 p.m. Sunday.