HARTFORD, Conn. -- Katie Young scored 11 points and Katherine Plouffe added 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds as 10th-seeded Marquette beat 15th-seed Pitt, 66-43 in the first round of the Big East tournament.
It was the fourth consecutive win for the Golden Eagles (16-14), who will face DePaul in the second round today.
Brianna Kiesel had 13 points for Pitt (9-21), which finished the season on a 17-game losing streak.
The Panthers have not won a conference game since the 2011 tournament, a string of 35 consecutive games.
This one was close early before Marquette went on an 18-2 first-half run to stretch a 16-15 lead to 34-17. A 20-4 run in the second half stretched the lead to 54-28 and the Golden Eagles cruised from there.
• Seton Hall 60, Cincinnati 55: Brittany Morris scored 18 points as Seton Hall (11-19) beat Cincinnati (12-18) in the opening game of the tournament. Ka-Deidre Simmons added 13 points for the 12th-seeded Pirates and Breanna Jones chipped in with eight points and nine rebounds. Alexis Durley had 11 points and Lesha Dunn had 10 for Cincinnati, the 13th seed, which led 30-28 at the half. Seton Hall took control in the second half, going on a 17-2 run to turn a 35-33 deficit into a 50-37 lead. Cincinnati cut that to three points late, but Morris hit four key free throws down the stretch to secure the win. The Pirates, who had won just one other game this season when trailing at halftime, will face fifth-seeded St. John's today.mobilehome - pittsports - sportscollegenational