(11) Villanova, 61, (6) BYU, 57
Maddy Siegrist scored 25 points and 11th Vilanova beat 6th place BYU 61-57 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament.
Kaitlyn Oriehl added 10 points and Lucy Olsen had nine for the Wildcats, who finished second in the Middle East.
The Wildcats will face the winner of the third set of Michigan and No. 14 of the American on Monday.
Paisley Harding scored 21 points for BYU with Teagan Graham adding 11. Shaylee Gonzales remained at eight points, losing 11 of her 14 shots.
The Cougars started quickly, going up 13-2 in the middle of the first quarter, but the Wildcats found their rhythm after a timeout, tying with an possession with just under a minute left for the first quarter. From there, it was a battle of traffic violations, with neither team managing to get away.
Ultimately, Olsen was the creator of the difference for the Wildcats. The Big East All-Freshman guard seemed ready and comfortable to lead the game for Villanova, and in the end, it was her sharp pass and her ability to find Siegrist’s steady hands that eventually allowed the Wildcats to maintain their lead. .
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