Villanova Defeats Providence 67 – 50 as Brooke Mullin and Maddy Siegrist Are Honored
VILLANOVA, PA. 2/24/2023 –
Senior Night – a night of celebration, a night of emption, a night of reflection. The Villanova Wildcats hosted the Providence Friars and won the game 67 – 50. But all thoughts were on the celebrated seniors of the night; Brooke Mullin and Maddy Siegrist. A dynamic duo of this Wildcats team.
“It’s been an absolute joy,” said Villanova Coach Denise Dillon who began coaching them in their sophomore year. “I think they are a great tag team. It’s Brooke our top defender. Maddy our top offensive player. It’s a great combination, and just how they work together day in and day out is really inspiring.”
The game was of the utmost importance for them. When it was over the chance to celebrate with their families. And the Nova family that came before them.
Brooke Mullin Thinks Back
“Looking back it’s just like a family,” Mullin said. “Looking at my freshman year Mary Gedaka, she was superstar senior I always looked up to her. Now I am a senior looking back at all of the girls I played with. It’s just an honor to be able to wear this jersey and play for Villanova.”
“It’s been an unbelievable opportunity,” said Siegrist. “It’s been more than I ever imagined.”
Hoping What the Underclassmen See
“It’s become the expected,” Dillon said about what these seniors meant. “Every day showing up, get your job done, get your work done. You put in the extra time. Their example on and off the floor has been their greatest asset to the program.”
Senior Manager Ryan Harris was also acknowledged in the pregame festivities.
What the Numbers Say
Siegrist scored a game-high 23 points. She has scored 21 points or more in all thirty games this season. Mullin filled the stat sheet with 6 points, 7 assists, one shy of her career-high, 2 steals, and a blocked shot.
Lucy Olsen scored 11 points and pulled down a collegiate-best 11 rebounds. Kristina Dalce also added 11 points and she had 6 caroms.
Of the ten players who got into the game, eight players scored for Nova. The Wildcats assisted 22 times on 25 baskets. The defense stole the ball 10 times.
The Wildcats are getting more contributions from the roster.
“Everyone’s willing to give everything they have,” Dillon observed. It’s just kind of settling into what that role is and may change from game to game.”
Providence got a team-high 15 points from Olivia Olsen. Grace Efosa added 13 points and the Friars got 12 from Janai Crooms.
Villanova (25 – 5, 16 – 3) concludes the regular season visiting Seton Hall on Tuesday. Providence (13 – 17, 4 – 15) hosts St. John’s the same evening. Then it is on to Uncasville for the Big East Tournament.
Written By: Glenn Papazian
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