By Jenny Masters
Maddy Siegrist scored 25 points and 11th-seeded Villanova knocked off No. 6 seed BYU 61-57 in the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament.
Kaitlyn Oriehl added 10 points and Lucy Olsen had nine for the Wildcats, who finished second in the Big East.
“Just a tremendous effort from start to finish,” said Villanova coach Denise Dillon, per the AP.
“We didn’t come out executing great, but we found a way. Talked to the team about building the possession game, and they did just that and found a way to come up with a huge win.”
The Wildcats will face third-seeded Michigan on Monday night.
“It was just staying within possession and just executing on the defensive,” Dillon said. “I was really pleased with how we were able to rotate some offense defense, get some players in there and do what was necessary, did a really nice job switching screens and having the communication we needed to have.”
Paisley Harding scored 21 points for BYU with Teagan Graham adding 11. Shaylee Gonzales was held to eight points, missing 11 of her 14 shots.
The Cougars got out to a quick start, going up 13-2 halfway through the first quarter, but the Wildcats found their rhythm after a timeout, drawing within one possession with just under a minute left in the first quarter. From there, it was a battle of the motion offenses, with neither team managing to pull away.