Maddy Siegrist is putting the college basketball world on notice heading into Villanova’s weekend clash with conference rival UConn.
The senior forward scored a career-high 50 points in the No. 14 Wildcats’ win last Saturday against Seton Hall. That total also set the high-water mark for the season across women’s and men’s college basketball.
Siegrist followed that up with a 39-point performance Wednesday against St. John’s. has a double-double in each of her last three games, and she has not scored less than 21 points in any game this season.
While the reigning Big East Player of the Year entered the year as the favorite to win the award again, she’s risen to another level as Villanova (23-4) prepares to host No. 6 UConn (23-4) in front of a sellout crowd at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday.
The scene following a Villanova win and 39-point performance for Poughkeepsie, New York native Maddy Siegrist on the road at St. John’s.Women’s sports >>> ❤️❤️@novawbb @BIGEASTWBB @20sMaddy pic.twitter.com/MpAzDIM8io— Kim Adams (@Kim_Adams1) February 16, 2023
The scene following a Villanova win and 39-point performance for Poughkeepsie, New York native Maddy Siegrist on the road at St. John’s.Women’s sports >>> ❤️❤️@novawbb @BIGEASTWBB @20sMaddy pic.twitter.com/MpAzDIM8io
Not only does Siegrist lead the NCAA with 29.4 points per game, she is outscoring her nearest challenger, Iowa’s Caitlin Clark (27.2), by more than two points per game. She has made 53.8% of her field goal attempts and 41.1% of her 3-point attempts this season.
In her 50-point performance, she broke the Villanova record for points in a single game, and she already broke the program’s career points record, both marks previously held by Shelly Pennefather. While Pennefather became a cloistered nun after her starring for Villanova in the 1980s, Siegrist had the chance to meet her as a freshman and held onto her words of encouragement.
“She said to me, ‘Why don’t you go break every record?'” Siegrist said. “I was almost in shock.”
In her senior season, Siegrist can’t stop breaking records. Also in her 50-point game, she became the all-time leading scorer in the history of Philadelphia women’s Division I college basketball with 2,610 and counting. She set Big East records for points (50) and made field goals (20) in a single game.
“I always wanted to be one of the better players, but I never thought, no, I never could have thought that,” she said. “Not right away at least.”