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Watts chasing records in first year at Wisconsin


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Badgers' women's hockey team has reclaimed the top spot in the national polls. Wisconsin has not lacked for offensive firepower with one of the top scorers in the country leading the way.

Daryl Watts has been nearly unstoppable on the ice. The junior leads the country in assists and overall points. Her 20 goals are second most in the country. She's on pace to be the first Badger in nearly a decade to tally 60 points in a season.

"For me coming here, it was about winning a national championship and doing whatever I can do to help this team be successful," Watts says. "That's where my mindset is. Being a team player and team first."

Watts is in her first season at Wisconsin. She transferred in from Boston College where she was an all-conference player and even claimed the 2018 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the national player of the year. That talent has been on full display in Madison this season.

"When you come into a new school and have new roommates, new structure, new classes, new environment, new teammates," head coach Mark Johnson explains. "She adapted very quickly. She's done a great job for us on the ice. We're very pleased, and hopefully, it continues."

Watts is hoping this journey ends with another National Championship, but the Badgers have already given her something that is priceless.

"You know, falling in love with hockey again. Hockey has been part of my life since I was little. It's nice being happy playing the game you love again."

Alec Ausmus

Sports reporter

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