8:00 PM ET, December 6, 2006
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Christina Quaye scored 18 points to lead No. 24 Marquette past cold-shooting West Virginia, 74-50, in the Big East Conference opener for both teams Wednesday night.Marquette (8-1), ranked in the top 25 for the first time since 2000, held West Virginia to 30.6 percent shooting, including 2-of-22 from 3-point range, to win its seventh straight game.Olayinka Sanni had 12 points before fouling out for West Virginia (5-4), which had won three straight.Krystal Ellis, coming off a career-high 26 points in the Golden Eagles' 78-62 win over Rice Sunday, had 13 points, and Erin Monfre added 12.The win was the 199th in Marquette coach Terri Mitchell's 10-plus seasons at Marquette.The 74 points for the Golden Eagles were the most for a West Virginia opponent all season. The Mountaineers were holding their opponents to 53.1 points per game.Quaye added eight rebounds as Marquette outrebounded West Virginia 47-28. The Mountaineers had outrebounded their last five opponents by an average of 13.2 per contest.Marquette finished the first half on a 10-4 run to lead 36-29 at halftime despite 14 first-half turnovers. Quaye and Monfre had 10 points each in the half.West Virginia did not score in the first four minutes of the second half and got not closer than six after halftime.The Mountaineers made 28.6 percent of their second-half shots.Sanni, West Virginia's leading scorer, battled foul trouble all night. She picked up her fourth foul with 12:52 remaining and fouled out with just under 5 minutes left. She finished with six rebounds and seven steals.LaQuita Owens made 4-of-18 shots for West Virginia, including 2-of-13 three-pointers.The Golden Eagles improved to 37-6 all time at the Al McGuire Center, which opened in 2004.