Siegrist Selected by Dallas Wings As Third Overall Pick in WNBA Draft


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Siegrist is the second Villanova WBB to ever be drafted.

Brooke Ackerman, Co-Sports Editor

On Monday, April 10, Villanova senior forward Maddy Siegrist was selected by the Dallas Wings as the third overall pick in the 2023 WNBA draft. 

During her time at the collegiate level, Siegrist became the career leading scorer at Villanova on both the men’s and women’s side with 2,896 points. This season, she had 37 consecutive 20 point games – currently the longest streak in the century thus far for men or women – and led the country in scoring at 29.2 points per game, with 17 games of 30 or more points. 

With these stats, Siegrist earned All-American honors from the Associated Press, WBCA and USBWA, and was one of five players to be selected as a Wooden All-American. She also was a two-time Big East Player of the Year (2021-2022, 2022-2023), and won the 2023 Katrina McClain Award, given to the top power forward in the country. 

In her final season as a Wildcat, Siegrist led the ‘Cats to a 30-7 overall record, the Big East championship game, and two NCAA Division I Tournament wins. 

With her successful college career behind her, Siegrist will now take her talents to the Wings. 

Dallas currently sits at sixth in the league and third in the Western Conference Division with an 18-18 record. They are led by Notre Dame duo Arike Ogunbowlae and Marina Mabrey, who combine for an average of 33.3 PPG. 

In front of Siegrist in the draft was No. 1 pick Aliyah Boston from South Carolina, who went to the Indiana Fever. Boston was the second-ever top pick from the Gamecocks. Drafted second was Maryland’s Diamond Miller, who went to the Minnesota Lynx. 

As for Siegrist’s No. 3 selection, this makes her the highest Villanova player drafted of all time, as well as the highest ever by a City 6 women’s basketball player. The next highest was Temple’s Candice Dupree, who went sixth in 2006. 

With this selection, Siegrist has now become the second player in Villanova women’s basketball history to be selected in the WNBA Draft. The only other former Wildcat to enter the league was Trish Juhline, who was chosen in the third round of the 2003 draft by the Washington Mystics. 

WNBA training camps for the upcoming season will begin April 30, with pre-season games starting on May 5.