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Rigsby named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week


MADISON -- Wisconsin women's hockey goaltender Alex Rigsby was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for a second-consecutive time, the conference announced on Tuesday.

Last weekend, the sophomore netminder amassed 80 saves while backstopping the top-ranked Badgers to a two-game conference road sweep over then-No. 5/6 Minnesota Duluth. The sweep was the first for the Badgers in Duluth, Minn., since 2002.

Rigsby made a career-series-high 80 saves in Wisconsin's 4-3 and 6-3 victories. In the first game on Oct. 21, she made 14 saves in the third period and 34 total as the Badgers overcame a 2-1 second period deficit.

She followed that up with a career-high 46 stops on Saturday, including 22 in the second period alone. Rigsby had 10 saves while UW was on the penalty-kill, holding UMD to two power-play goals in nine opportunities. It also the first time since Nov. 26, 2010, that Wisconsin has been outshot and won the game.

This is the second weekly honor for Rigsby and the third for Wisconsin this season. Rigsby was named Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 19 after a weekend split with the Gophers and freshman Blayre Turnbull was named Rookie of the Week on Oct. 5 after her six-point weekend against Lindenwood.

Wisconsin plays host to Boston University this weekend in a rematch of last year's national title game. Game times are set for 2 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday at the Kohl Center.

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