Krystal Ellis scored 19 of her 23 points in the second half and brought Marquette back from a 20-point first half deficit to defeat the West Virginia Mountaineers 80-75 in Morgantown on Saturday.

Danielle Kamm and Svetlana Kovalenko each scored 14 points and the game, and Christina Quaye added 10 for the Golden Eagles . For the Mountaineers Meg Bulger led all scorers with 29 points, Olayinka Sanni scored 15, and Britney Davis-White was the third player in double figures for the Mountaineers with 14 points.

WVU shot out of the gates early as Bulger netted 11 points to power the Mountaineers into a 23-2 lead. After pushing the lead out to 29-9 behind two free throws from Davis-White, Marquette went on a 7-0 run that was capped off by a lay up by Ellis to cut the lead back to 30-16.

WVU pushed the lead back to twenty three more times, the last on a Sanni layup that put WVU up 43-23. The Golden Eagles scored the last hoop of the half, leaving the Mountaineers with an 18-point bulge at the break.

Unfortunately for the Mountaineers it was a tale of two halves. Marquette came out smoking in the second with a 12-4 run that cut West Virginia's lead to 47-35, and things continued to go downhill from there. An Ellis three-pointer put the visitors within single digits for the first time since early in the first half at 49-42, making it a game again.

The Mountaineers' inability to spark any offense in the second half continued to pave the way for Marquette. The absence of Bulger, who sat out several minutes with foul trouble, also contributed to the drought. Marquette complete its comeback with 10 minutes to go when Carolyn Keiger made a lay up that tied the game at 55, setting up a nip and tuck game for the next few minutes.

A three-pointer by Bulger gave WVU a 66-65 lead with six minutes to go, but two-three pointers by Kamm sealed the game for Marquette as they went on a 10-0 run to make the lead 75-66, completing the monumental collapse.

For the game WVU shot 28-62, and 7-20 from behind the arc. Marquette was 25-44 and 10-16 from three land.

WVU outrebounded Marquette 30-29, and unlike the Villanova game dominated the Golden Eagles 10-3 on the offensive boards.

The Mountaineers fall to 10-6 on the season and 3-3 in the Big East. They next return to action on Wednesday when they face Marshall in the Capital Classic from Charleston. Tip time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m..

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