Maddy Siegrist is the Best Philly Sports Story, Right Now
Let’s get it back to women’s college basketball.
We’ve got Villanova in the Big East championship game, coming off a one-point semifinal win in which Maddy Siegrist went for 37 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists. Even if you don’t follow the women’s game in town, you have to be familiar with her or have seen her name in headlines. She’s in her fourth year now and has games this year of 50 points, 41 points, and 39 points. She’s the leading college scorer in the entire country, men’s or women’s basketball, and is averaging 29.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and only 1.4 turnovers in 35.2 minutes per game. She shoots 37.7% on 3.9 three point attempts per game, 52% from the floor, and is 84.9% from the foul line after 232 total attempts. She’s a walking bucket and can score from anywhere on the floor.
It’s gotten to the point where she’s forced herself into the upper echelon of basketball stats both local and national. Bob notes this:
Saturday night, Villanova's Maddy Siegrist became the all-time single-season points leader in Big 5+ men/women history . . .
Drexel's Keishana Washington is now 10th on that list — pic.twitter.com/uJimNcZAWT
— Bob Vetrone Jr. (@BoopStats) March 5, 2023
She also found herself on a graphic with Carmelo Anthony and Giannis:
Good company to keep @20sMaddy 🤩
— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) March 5, 2023
And she’s also Villanova’s all-time leading scorer, men’s or women’s side, surpassing guys like Scottie Reynolds and Kerry Kittles.
The funny thing is that Siegrist has another year of eligibility. This passage from M.A. Voepel at ESPN explains:
“Siegrist was projected as the No. 11 pick by the Dallas Wings in ESPN’s most recent WNBA mock draft. She said she will wait until after the season to decide if she will declare for the draft or return for a fifth season because of the COVID-19 waiver.”
If she does come back to a final year, she’ll push these records to a point where they’re unbreakable. Yeah, we’ll add the COVID asterisk, but still..
Siegrist is a great story, really flew under the radar because of the Eagles’ Super Bowl run, which obviously squashes everything to begin with. But she’s on fire and quite honestly has been all season long.