Villanova won't be the one to get a chance at stopping top-ranked Connecticut's drive to an NCAA-record winning streak this weekend at the Big East tournament in Hartford, Conn.

The 15th-seeded Wildcats (14-16) were eliminated, 53-49, by 10th-seeded Marquette (16-14) last night as Sarina Simmons scored 13 points in a first-round game at the XL Center.

The top-ranked Huskies (30-0), the defending NCAA champion, will enter play in tomorrow's quarterfinals with a chance to match the 70-game run that was stopped by Villanova in the Big East title game in 2003.

Maria Getty had 17 points for the Wildcats, who took 28 shots from three-point range and made just seven.

"We played OK for most of the game, but our freshmen played like freshmen," Villanova coach Harry Perretta said. "Then we made a run at the end and just fell short."

Marquette will play seventh-seeded DePaul in the second round today.

Cincinnati 63, South Florida 51 - Kahla Roudebush scored 19 points as the 14th-seeded Bearcats (12-17) upended the 11th-seeded Bulls (15-15).

Shareese Ulis had 17 points and Shanasa Sanders added 11 points and nine rebounds for Cincinnati, which advances to play No. 6 Rutgers tonight.

Louisville 79, Pitt 71 - Monique Reid tied a career high with 32 points to lead the 13th-seeded Cardinals (14-16) past the No. 12 Panthers (16-14).

The Cardinals will face Notre Dame today. The Irish are ranked sixth in the nation but are just the fifth seed in this tournament, which includes five top-25 teams.

Syracuse 65, Seton Hall 42 - Erica Morrow scored 18 points to lead the ninth-seeded Orange (21-9) past the 16th-seeded Pirates (9-21).

The Orange, who were without without star Nicole Michael because of an injury, will play eighth-seeded Providence today.