MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Krystal Ellis scored 19 points to help Marquette (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) beat Syracuse 79-55 on Wednesday night, matching a school record with the Golden Eagles' 13th straight win.
At 14-1 and 2-0 in the Big East, the Golden Eagles are off to their best start in school history. Their No. 18 ranking is also the school's highest ever.Nichole Michael led Syracuse (7-8, 1-1) with 21 points, and Vaida Sipaviciute added 19 on 8-of-12 shooting. Marquette controlled the game from the start, holding Syracuse scoreless in the first 6:37 and racing to an 11-0 lead before Michael's spinning layup.Still, the Golden Eagles led 41-18 at halftime, and the Orange never got closer than 16 points in the second half.Ellis, who scored a career-best 33 points against South Dakota State on Sunday, sparked the game-opening spurt for Marquette with six points in the 5 five minutes.Ellis made 4-of-6 three-pointers. Christina Quaye added 16 points and had seven rebounds, as the Golden Eagles outrebounded Syracuse 48-32.The Golden Eagles had seven 3-pointers in the first half, including two each from Ellis, Erin Monfre and Marissa Thrower. For the game, they shot 10 of 18 from 3-point range.Marquette also had a season-high 17 steals, as Syracuse, which was averaging 15 turnovers a game, had 14 by halftime and finished with 22 in the contest.Marquette also won 13 straight games in 1997-98. But it only gets tougher for the Golden Eagles, who travel to No. 24 DePaul Saturday and No. 22 Pittsburgh Tuesday.The Orange lost for the 40th time in its last 50 Big East games spanning three-plus seasons. Syracuse went 2-14 in the league last year and has had a winning conference record only once in the previous 18 seasons.Syracuse has played 11 of its first 15 games away from home.Sipaviciute has scored in double digits in 12 straight games.