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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior Morgan Kemerling has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced Tuesday by the league office. It is the first weekly honor of Kemerling’s career.
The Aurora, Illinois, native earned the distinction after aiding Iowa in back-to-back shutouts against Michigan State and Michigan last weekend and started her 44th and 45th straight game as a Hawkeye.
Kemerling played the full 180 minutes this past weekend. She helped lead an Iowa defense that held Michigan State to just three shots on goal and Michigan to zero shots on goal. The senior defender has played the full time in 14 of Iowa’s 16 games this season.
The victories extended Iowa’s winning streak to three straight – the team’s largest in Big Ten play since 2014.
Kemerling is the second Hawkeye to earn Big Ten weekly honors this season. Claire Graves was named the Goalkeeper of the Week on Aug. 21.
Iowa returns to action Thursday, traveling to Minneapolis to face Minnesota at 7 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on BTN and available on BTN Plus on BTN2GO.