The Wildcats Scored Their Most Points In a Game This Season
VILLANOVA, PA. 1/30/2022 –
The home winning streak for the Villanova Wildcats extends to 8 games and 10 of their last 11 with an 82 – 57 win over the Xavier Musketeers at the Finneran Pavilion. A formula for Wildcats was “moving the ball, sharing the ball and knocking down the shots early,” according to Coach Denise Dillion. They did that assisting 20 times on 28 made field goals, and tied a season-high converting 13 from beyond the arc.
Maddy Siegrist scored a game-high 30 points making 11 of 18 field goal attempts and 4 of 8 from distance, the most this season. It was her 12th career thirty-point game, and 4th this season. Siegrist moved into 9th place in the all-time scoring list now with 1,450 points.
Lior Garzon added 23 points, 3 shy of her career-high, and equaled her career-best made three-point shots sinking five.
“The threes are a result of opening the game up,” Dillon said. “I’m surprised they stayed zone as long as they did. Understand that you can shoot them out of the zone, but we can shoot ourselves out if we’re missing those shots and settling.”
“It gave us a cushion enough to mix it up and get a lot of players in there which is always the best.”
Villanova got out to a quick start holding Xavier to 3 of 13 shooting in the first quarter. Overall, Xavier was held to 38.9% from the floor, and had 19 points at halftime. Nia Clarke is the only Musketeer to score in double-figures with 11 points. Kae Satterfield took down 7 rebounds.
Siegrist led the team in rebounds getting 9 caroms, and she stole the ball twice. Bella Runyan handed out 5 assist, one shy of her collegiate-best.
Buy not turning the ball over much (8), and keeping a lead, Nova got all twelve players into the game. Ten players scored. But it is team-important that the players are contributing in an overall manner. Rewards come with that, and will make the Wildcats (13 – 6, 7 – 3) a difficult team to play.
“Maddy has proven herself to be a consistent scorer,” said Dillon. “We need all of our players to be a threat, be an option. They’re understanding you are an impact player when you’re playing defense. If we’re connected there, you’re making a difference in what happens on the offensive end.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian