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. “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, 잃어버린 11 of her 14 샷.
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. 거기에서, it was a battle of the motion offenses, with neither team managing to pull away.
궁극적으로, Olsen was the difference-maker for the Wildcats. The Big East All-Freshman guard looked poised and comfortable leading the floor for Villanova, 그리고 결국, it was her sharp passing and ability to find Siegrist’s steady hands inside that finally allowed the Wildcats to hold onto their lead.
Villanova: 와일드캣’ bench outscored the BYU reserves 16-4. … Siegrist now has 1,803 points in her career.
BYU: 쿠거’ fast start was derailed by 16 turnovers, and Harding lamented those mistakes.
“I think we came out super aggressive, especially on defense. We took them out of the things they thought they would be able to get pretty easy, but then I think they turned on the heat,” 하딩이 말했다. “They started pressing a little bit more, getting more in our passing lanes. We just made some careless turnovers, which I think that’s pretty much us just beating ourselves right there in that little stretch in the first quarter.”