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Marquette rallies to overtake South Florida

Feb 25, 2007 - 6:15 AM MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Marquette used its defense to achieve a milestone.

Christina Quaye scored 26 points as the 19th-ranked Golden Eagles rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to post a 75-63 Big East Conference victory over South Florida.

Marquette (23-5, 11-4 Big East) set a school record for wins in a season, but it didn't come easy.

South Florida led by 15 points before the Golden Eagles scored the final five of the first half to go to the break trailing, 40-30.

But after the teams traded baskets, Marquette went on a 21-3 spurt, holding South Florida (18-10, 8-7) to just one field goal in nearly 11 minutes to take a 53-45 lead with 8:49 to play.

Krystal Ellis added 21 points and Efueko Osagie-Landry had 12 and 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles.

Shantia Grace scored 23 points for the Bulls, who shot 21 percent (7-of-34) in the second half.

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