WASHINGTON, DC – The Villanova Wildcats traveled to Washington, D.C., on Sunday afternoon where they tallied a 64-56 win over the Georgetown Hoyas. With the victory, Villanova improves to 13-4 overall and 8-4 in BIG EAST play, while Georgetown falls to 1-13 overall and 1-13 in league action.
Villanova led 35-34 with 3:35 remaining in the third quarter, when the Wildcats ran off six straight points to grab a 41-34 advantage at the 1:52 mark. The six points included four free throws by sophomore forward Maddy Siegrist and a lay-up by senior forward Brianna Herlihy. Georgetown would score six of the final eight points of the quarter and Villanova held a 43-40 lead entering the fourth quarter.
After Kelsey Ransom scored four straight points to slice the Wildcat lead to 48-47 with 6:51 to play, Siegrist drained a three on Villanova’s next possession to increase her team’s advantage to 51-47. The Hoyas made one of two from the foul on their next trip down the court to make it a three-point game, before Villanova scored on back-to-back lay-ups by Herlihy and freshman guard Taliyah Medina to increase the advantage to 55-48.
With the Wildcats poised to pull away, Georgetown stayed in the game when Milan Bolden-Morris buried a three from the right wing to cut the Villanova lead to 55-51 with 4:17 to play. Following a turnover by each team, Siegrist scored on a driving lay-up and Villanova owned a 57-51 lead at the 2:53 mark. The Wildcats came up with a defensive stop on Georgetown’s next possession and then put the game away when Herlihy drained a dagger three as the shot clock was winding down. The Herlihy triple gave Villanova a 60-51 advantage with 1:53 left on the clock.
In the win, Siegrist was sensational with 31 points and 16 rebounds. She was 11-of-21 from the field, 1-of-3 from long distance and 8-of-9 from the foul line. Herlihy finished with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor and a 5-of-6 effort from the foul line. Freshman Lior Garzon added 11 points off the bench, including three field goals from behind the arc.
Georgetown was paced by Graceann Bennett with 13 points and Ransom who finished with 10 points, six rebounds and six assists.
For the game, Villanova was 23-of-49 from the field (.469), 5-of-16 from three (.313) and 14-of-15 from the foul line (.867), while the Hoyas shot .404 from the floor (23-of-57), .125 from behind the arc (1-of-8) and .643 from the charity stripe (9-of-14). Georgetown owned a 34-29 advantage on the backboards.
Villanova is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 24, when the Wildcats travel to Providence. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.
NOTES: Villanova now leads the all-time series over Georgetown by a 45-24 margin…The Wildcats have won 14 of the last 18 over the Hoyas… Villanova improves to 6-2 on the road this season… Maddy Siegrist now has four 30-point games this year and five for her career… Siegrist recorded her Big East leading 10th double-double of the year with today’s 31 point, 16 rebound effort… Brianna Herlihy now has 15 double figure scoring games this season.