Upset Bid Falls Just Short For No. 16 Marquette

Feb. 3, 2007

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Freshman Tina Charles tied a career high with 20 points and No. 6 Connecticut beat No. 16 Marquette 52-48 Saturday night.

Connecticut (20-2, 10-0 Big East) won its sixth straight game and ran its record to 10-0 in league play for the second straight season and eighth time in school history.

Christina Quaye led Marquette with 20 points, including 14 in the second half, but she missed a late 3-pointer that could have given the Golden Eagles the lead.

The Golden Eagles (19-4, 7-3) have lost two in a row for the first time this season. Marquette lost at No. 23 Rutgers on Tuesday.

The Golden Eagles quickly erased an 11-point halftime deficit and stuck close to the Huskies deep into the second half. Two free throws by Danielle Kamm cut the Connecticut's lead to 47-43 with 5:36 remaining.

Connecticut's Renee Montgomery answered with a driving layup and a foul shot, but Quaye hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to four, then hit two free throws to cut lead to 50-48, with 36.4 seconds left.

But Quaye missed a 3-pointer with 12.5 seconds left, and Montgomery hit two free throws to put the game away.

Marquette came into Saturday night's game as the Big East's third-best 3-point shooting team, but was only 2-for-18 from 3-point range.

Connecticut also held sophomore Krystal Ellis, Marquette's leading scorer at 18.5 points per game, to 10 points on 4-for-15 shooting -- including 1-for-6 from 3-point range.

Connecticut evened its record to 2-2 against ranked opponents this season. The Huskies lost to No. 4 Tennessee and No. 2 North Carolina last month, and beat No. 9 Purdue in November.

Montgomery added 12 points for Connecticut, which has won 63 of its last 71 road games dating back to February 2001.




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