With their second weekend at home in the books, the No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team victoriously slid past the Bemidji State University Beavers, sweeping them 5-0 and 6-0.This weekend’s sweep was predominately due to the efforts of Wisconsin goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens. Desbiens not only earned two more shutouts this weekend, but with her 44th shutout Sunday, officially clinched the NCAA career shutout record of 43.Desbiens blocked 36 attempts at goal this weekend, helping her team remain scoreless through six intense periods of play. She also managed to hold down the net while the Badgers killed nine penalties between the two games.Women’s hockey: Desbiens, Cogan earn awards as Badgers climb to No. 1Although the Wisconsin women’s hockey team is off this weekend, the Badgers are still making noise in the rankings, on Read…This accolade for Desbiens will complete a phenomenal series of accomplishments that the Badger goaltender has made since coming to Wisconsin. It is not something that Desbiens had planned from the beginning, and it is still something that shocks her when she looks back at it.“It’s kind of impressive,” Desbiens said. “It not something I would have thought about when I got here four years ago.”Desbiens’ team couldn’t be more proud of her at this moment, especially her head coach Mark Johnson. Johnson took a few minutes to compliment his star goaltender on her efforts.“Last year was a real special year for [Desbiens] as an individual,” Johnson said. “She did things that I’ve never seen in the game of hockey from a goaltending standpoint. Again, I credit her for not living on her laurels this past summer and continuing to work. She’s got bigger things ahead of her, and so she continues to work and continues to stay focused, she’s got a bright future.”Of course, Desbiens had a tough road to get to this accomplishment. Just this weekend alone, Desbiens defended nine penalty kills, which isn’t the usual number that she is used to facing on a weekend, and made it tough to secure two more shutouts.To help secure her net, Desbiens relied on both the Wisconsin penalty kill unit and on her defensive unit to help her out during these intense times. With penalties becoming more common in women’s hockey this season, senior defensemen Jenny Ryan knows that penalty kills are one of the most important things the Badgers need to work on.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers take on Bemidji State without Pankowski in WCHA conference matchupFor the first time in a month, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team will be skating on their home Read…“We take pride in our penalty kill, and we’ve worked really hard on it,” Ryan said. “We try to play off each other, and we know where the other’s going to be. Ann takes charge back there, and we can count on her to do more things than a normal goalie would do.”The No. 1 ranked team gets to take a break from playing for a week. Their next series against the University of Minnesota-Duluth is Nov. 18 in Duluth. Until then, the Badgers have a lot to celebrate.
Addressing that might mean expanding the rotation, Rivers suggested before Thursday’s blowout, when all 12 Clippers who dressed played at least nine minutes.“I played a long time ago and I knew when I didn’t have energy, but it usually didn’t mean the next game I wouldn’t have energy,” Rivers said. “It means there were nights that I showed up (and) I tried to do everything I possibly could do to get ready and I came into the game and I just didn’t have it, unfortunately.“They’re human and sometimes it happens. You know this is a long stretch, so you see it over and over again. What they’re telling you is they’re tired and you probably have to just try and play a bigger rotation, which sometimes you don’t want to do, but sometimes you have to do it.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “You could see they had more intensity and energy than us,” Gallinari said after Thursday’s loss, in which the Spurs enjoyed a 14-2 advantage on fast-break points. “And if you don’t bring that in an NBA basketball game, it’s tough to win a game.” “The NBA is such a long marathon that the record that we have now doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “We’ve got to keep playing, keep winning games. We’ve still got a long way.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Winning or losing, the Clippers have tried to remind themselves, and those asking, there are many miles to run in the 82-game NBA marathon.“You just gotta keep working on what we’ve been working on and get better at it … just keep going,” Rivers (who also played in 864 NBA games) told reporters after his team lost for the fifth time in seven games Tuesday. “I look at our record, I look at the schedule, I put things in perspective and I keep moving on.”The Clippers’ record has them tied for fourth in the Western Conference. Their schedule – they’re in the thick of a 17-game stretch without consecutive home dates, a span that started Nov. 15 and runs through Dec. 17 – “is what it is,” Rivers said recently.And there’s plenty of work to do, defensively, offensively, energetically. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MISSING LOU, LUCOn Saturday, the Clippers will face the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have improved to 17-9 since losing their first four games.For the third consecutive game, the Clippers will be without star reserve Lou Williams, who injured his left hamstring on Monday against Phoenix. Rivers speculated earlier this week that Williams would miss at least two weeks.The Clippers also won’t have Luc Mbah a Moute, who has missed 24 consecutive games with a sore left knee.Related Articles The Clippers who know, know.“You’re going to have clunkers,” said Doc Rivers, after coaching his 1,498th NBA game, a 125-87 thumping Thursday at San Antonio, which dropped the Clippers to 17-11. “It’s a long season and you’ll never see me overreact. You just won’t. I’ve been in this too long.”On Tuesday, following a 123-99 loss to Toronto, Patrick Beverley – who has played 330 NBA games and another 53 professionally overseas – put it like this: “It’s a long season. … You play long enough the game teaches itself and it told us, as a unit, we can’t ease into games. That’s what we’re trying to do lately and we can’t do that. We’re not that good, not right now. But we can be.”Even back on Nov. 28, after the then-14-6 Clippers beat the Suns to extend their home winning streak to nine games, Danilo Gallinari (now with 508 NBA games and 89 EuroLeague affairs under his belt) sought to put the hot streak into perspective. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory