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Ellis lifts Marquette to upset of Washington

Nov 15, 2006 - 4:42 AM MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Krystal Ellis put her best foot forward in protecting her house.

Ellis scored 24 points as Marquette collected a big win with a 78-61 upset of No. 25 Washington in the season opener for both teams.

The sophomore guard shot 7-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-6 on 3-pointers, and handed out six assists.

Danielle Kamm scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles, who raced out to a 40-29 lead at the half and held on the win, reaching the free-throw line 22 times in the second half.

Scoring 17 of their 32 second-half points in the first seven minutes following the break, the Huskies eventually closed within 50-48 with under 10 minutes to play. However, the Golden Eagles responded with a 6-0 run to improve their cushion.

Marquette added a 12-0 spurt in the closing five minutes to seal the victory.

Svetlana Kovalenko chipped in 13 points for the Golden Eagles, who shot 45 percent (25-of-56) from the floor and 22-of-35 (63 percent) from the stripe.

Cameo Hicks scored 12 points and Jill Bell added 10 despite 4-of-16 shooting for Washington, which shot 30 percent (22-of-73).

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