Last season’s BIG EAST Conference Tournament defending champion DePaul Blue Demons is not going to be four-peating. The Villanova Wildcats beat DePaul 78-72 in time beyond regulation.
DePaul began out robust, leaping to a 22-12 first quarter lead. The second and third quarters belonged to Villanova, as they outscored DePaul 43-23 to take a 55-45 lead going into the ultimate quarter. DePaul wasn’t performed although, as they got here again to tie the sport with simply seconds on the clock to ship it to time beyond regulation. Unfortunately for the Blue Demons, they missed too many pictures and Villanova was capable of pull out a six level victory to advance within the match.
DePaul Coach Doug Bruno began the post-game presser by stating, “Villanova did a great job tonight. And Coach Dillon does a great job with the basketball team, and the Nova players really did a great job. Maddy Siegrist is a great basketball player, as is Brianna Herlihy and Sarah Mortensen. They really do have three very tough players to guard. We’ve not defended well down the stretch this season. We didn’t defend well tonight.”
When I requested Coach Bruno about DePaul’s season within the pandemic period, he responded, “I’m very proud of our players on the pandemic front. These players came back here August 2nd. They got on the floor August 7th. And we are really proud to be the only team in the Big East not to have to be
put on pause. And at the same time I don’t say that as a badge of honor or meant in any condescending way toward our comrades in the Big East who have been put on pause. So I don’t mean that at all. So, I am very proud of our players for our COVID discipline and putting themselves in position to not having been paused. And at the same time as long as a program that gets paused doesn’t have players that are really, really sick, it’s just a crazy year. So you deal with what – you deal with your situation, and we weren’t put on pause and our players were really, really good about their COVID discipline once we got back to the season. So I’m really proud of them for being this COVID-disciplined as they were.”
Villanova Coach Denise Dillon spoke on beating the defending champs, “We’re fired up to have pulled that win off. I thought our team, with the exception of the beginning, that first quarter, did everything we needed to give ourselves a chance to win and kept their heads even going into overtime. And there was just a calm presence. And a lot of that credit goes to this one here on my right, just keep leading the team with her play. But I commented to her, to Maddy, telling her it just felt she kept the team together and just remained poised from start to finish. So you get big wins like this when your leader is charging the force. So it’s good stuff for the Cats.”
Siegrist adopted by echoing these sentiments, “You know, DePaul’s been such a force in the Big East. They have so much success with their program. So a win like that means a lot.”
For the sport, DePaul shot 36.6% from the sector, 30.4% from three level land and 76.5% from the free throw line. Villanova shot 44.4%, 37.9% and 68.8% in these classes. The essential crew stat classes had been fairly shut, aside from quick break factors, which Villanova gained 18-8. Points within the paint went to DePaul (30-28), as did factors from the bench (11-8). The groups tied on factors off of turnovers (12-12). Villanova additionally outscored DePaul on second probability factors (12-9).
Madison Siegrist led Villanova with 30 factors and 11 rebounds. Deja Church paced DePaul with 19 factors, whereas Darrione Rogers grabbed 10 rebounds to guide the crew.
As a reward fr defeating DePaul, Villanova will get to face UConn tomorrow in a Semifinal sport. Coming off an enormous 77-41 thrashing of St. John’s, UConn is the favourite to take the sport and the match, however by beating DePaul, who has gained the final three BIG EAST Conference Tournaments, Villanova proved they’re up for the problem.