Villanova star Maddy Siegrist likely headed to WNBA draft

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Villanova women's basketball star Maddy Siegrist said Friday she would talk with her parents about the decision to declare for the WNBA draft. But she seemed pretty certain her college career was over after the No. 4 seed Wildcats' 70-65 Sweet 16 loss to No. 9 Miami in the Greenville 2 Regional.

"You know, this was a good way to go out," Siegrist said in the Villanova locker room. "Making this round with this team, it was really special."

It was Villanova's first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2003. Siegrist, the Big East Player of the Year and a first-team Associated Press All-American, led Division I in scoring average this season, finishing at 29.2 points per game. Her 1,081 points are the second-most scored in an NCAA Division I women's season, trailing only the 1,109 from Washington's Kelsey Plum in 2016-17. Plum is now with the WNBA's Las Vegas Aces.

Siegrist had 31 points and 13 rebounds Friday, although she struggled from the field, going 8-of-29. She now has a school-record 2,896 points.

Siegrist redshirted the 2018-19 season because of an ankle injury but has been a Villanova starter the past four years. Among her highlights this season were breaking the program scoring record set by Shelly Pennefather set in 1983-87 and scoring a career-high 50 points on Feb. 11 against Seton Hall. She also averaged 9.2 rebounds and has totaled 1,102 in her career.

The 6-foot-2 forward is projected as a top-five pick in the most recent WNBA mock draft by ESPN.

"I couldn't be more happy to play with this group," Siegrist said. "I got to Villanova and just wanted to be good enough to play here. A lot of the things that happened, I never thought could have happened.

"Trying to put it in perspective now is tough, but I'm really proud how far I came, and I'm proud of my career."