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Marquette topples Pitt behind Ellis' 18

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Krystal Ellis scored 18 points and Marquette rallied to beat Pittsburgh (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 AP) 76-69 on Saturday night, sending the Panthers to their fourth straight loss.

Pittsburgh led 59-57 with 5:20 to play, but Marquette (15-12, 7-7 Big East) outscored the Panthers 19-12 down the stretch.

Ellis gave Marquette its first lead of the night with 3:59 to play, hitting a 3-pointer to put the Golden Eagles up 62-59.

The Panthers (18-7, 8-4) opened the game by scoring 11 straight points. Marquette didn't score until Ellis connected on a pair of free throws 3:23 into the half.

The Golden Eagles missed their first 14 attempts from the field and finally got their first basket when Jocelyn Mullen hit a jumper with 12:55 to go.

Marcedes Walker led Pittsburgh with 19 points. Panthers scoring leader Shavonte Zellous missed the game because of a concussion.

Marquette shot just 10-of-35 in the half, but managed to trim a 12-point deficit to six with an 8-0 run. The Golden Eagles opened the second half with six straight points, finally tying the game after back-to-back baskets from Paige Fiedorowicz made it 33-33 with 18:12 left to play.

After hitting just 2-of-20 shots to open the game, Marquette went 24-of-43 the remainder of the game.