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Varsity - January 26, 2012

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WOMEN'S HOCKEY SMALL PACKAGE, BIG HEART Brianna Decker doesn't let her small stature get in the way of bringing a big game to the ice. Instead, the junior has used size to her advantage in becoming the nation's top goal scorer BY MIKE LUCAS • UWBADGERS.COM B rianna Decker was between "classes'' — those she attends on campus to work towards a degree in Family Studies and those she participates in as a member of the UW women's hockey team. Tuesday's "class/practice'' wasn't scheduled to start for another two hours. "I'm still learning and it's definitely a classroom (on the ice) consid- ering coach Johnson teaches us that way, too,'' Decker said of Badger coach Mark Johnson. "I look at him as a teacher, not a coach.'' Decker, a high-scoring junior from Dousman, Wis., would like to be- come a coach when she's done playing. When that was relayed to John- son, he asked inquisitively, "She does?'' 35

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