Siegrist first to 50 this season; Nova women roll

    M.A. Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.

The Villanova Wildcats’ Maddy Siegrist had a career-high 50 points — the most scored this season in Division I women’s or men’s basketball — on 20-of-26 shooting from the field Saturday in a 99-65 victory over the visiting Seton Hall Pirates. Siegrist set the single-game Big East scoring record, and she’s also now the career scoring leader in Big East games (1,550 points).

The 6-foot-2 senior forward is leading Division I women in scoring (29.1 PPG) this season while shooting 53.6%. Earlier this season, she became Villanova’s career scoring leader and Saturday also set the program’s single-game record. Both marks previously belonged to Shelly Pennefather, who played for the Wildcats from 1983 to 1987. Siegrist now has 2,571 points overall in her Villanova career.

Siegrist passed the Boston College Eagles’ Sarah Behn, who played from 1989 to ’93 and had 1,546 points, for the league career record. Siegrist’s 20 made field goals is also a Big East record, passing the 19 by Kathy Finn of the Providence Friars, set Feb. 11, 1984, against the Syracuse Orange.

Saturday, Siegrist played 32 minutes and was 4-of-6 from 3-point range and 6-of-8 from the foul line. She added 10 rebounds — her 13th double-double of the season — and had two assists and two steals. No. 15 Villanova moved to 22-4 overall and 13-2 in the Big East.

Siegrist was projected as the No. 11 pick by the Dallas Wings in ESPN’s most recent WNBA mock draft.

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