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Ellis leads Marquette to 11th consecutive victory

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Krystal Ellis and her Marquette teammates were in top form coming off their winter break.

Ellis scored 14 points to lead Marquette (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) past Navy 67-40 on Friday night for its 11th consecutive victory and best start in school history.

Jasmine McCullough scored all of her 10 points in the first half, and Christina Quaye added nine points and tied her career high with 12 rebounds for Marquette (12-1), which won 10 of its first 11 games in the 2005-06 season -- its previous best start.

"I was proud of our defensive intensity," Marquette coach Terri Mitchell said after the team's first game since defeating Manhattan 89-38 on Dec. 21.

Lindi Conner led Navy (4-8) with nine points, and Margaret Knap added eight. Navy matched its previous worst loss this season, 51-34 to Georgetown on Dec. 4.

Marquette took advantage of the Midshipmens' 28.6 percent first-half shooting and put the game away with a 22-2 run midway through the first half. Quaye's basket capped the surge, giving Marquette a 33-10 lead with 5:56 left before halftime.

McCullough said the Golden Eagles were well prepared after several good practices.

Navy made 6 of 21 shots in the first half, while Marquette went 12 of 24 from the field during its decisive run. The Midshipmen also turned it over 15 times in the first half, and Marquette converted for 19 points.

Marquette led 40-18 at the half.

Carly Meyer made two free throws, and Conner tipped in a miss as Navy narrowed the score to 40-22 to start the second half. But Erin Monfre hit a 3-pointer for Marquette, and the lead never dipped below 18 points the rest of the way in the teams' first meeting.

"We never look at the score to dictate the game," said Mitchell, who freely substituted in the second half.