Morris ignites as DePaul takes down Notre Dame in South Bend


Jeff Myers | Notre Dame Athletics

Sonya Morris goes up for a layup in the fourth quarter of her 29 point performance against Notre Dame.

SOUTH BEND, In — DePaul took its five-game win streak on the road to rival Notre Dame on Wednesday night. Notre Dame is a battle-tested team, with the Blue Demons being the fifth ranked squad they have played this year. Notre Dame controlled much of the first half before DePaul was able to up the tempo late in the third quarter and towards the end of the game to knock off the Irish 105-94. Sonya Morris lead the way with 29 points. Kelly Campbell had 12 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists, only one dish shy of her second career triple-double.

In the first quarter, things started right for the Blue Demons as they took a quick 5-0 lead. Yet quick buckets and a few turnovers for DePaul lead to a rocky first period. Chante Stonewall picked up two quick fouls and was sidelined for the majority of the quarter. Her absence inside lead to 12 paint points for the Fighting Irish.

Sonya Morris and Dee Bekelja delivered on offense though, with 15 combined points in the quarter. Although they couldn’t keep the Irish from getting to the line as Katlyn Gilbert drained four free throws to add to her 11 first-quarter points. After one, Notre Dame lead 30-24.

The Irish would pick up where they left off in the second quarter, going on a quick run to make it 38-27 early in the second quarter.

Freshman Sam Brunelle was cooking for the Irish as she had 17 points in the first half on 80 percent shooting.

Yet the Blue Demons wouldn’t quit, going on a 12-3 run with threes from Campbell, Morris and Bekelja making it a 41-39 deficit with 6:35 remaining in the half.

Morris was working the floor in the first half, with 20 points on 4-of-7 shooting from deep. Morris also added five rebounds trailing only Kelly Campbell who had nine in the first half. This attack from deep sent the Blue Demons into the break trailing just 53-51.

One of the things pressuring the Blue Demons throughout the game was foul trouble. In the first half, five Blue Demons had two fouls.

“I just kind of refocus myself coming into the late second quarter and early third quarter just doing the little things and not trying to force anything as I know the fouls weren’t as intelligent as I could’ve made better decisions, but it happens,” Stonewall said.

The third quarter was better for the Blue Demons, who took their biggest lead of the night at seven late in the quarter. It was Stonewall’s turn to catch fire as the senior forward had 13 points in the quarter as the team shot 6-for-9 from deep. The Blue Demons would lead 81-76 at the end of the third.

The fourth quarter started well for Notre Dame as five quick points knotted things back up. But after that, it was all DePaul. They would close the game on a 24-13 run capped off by two Bekelja layups off of two consecutive Notre Dame turnovers. DePaul won 105-94, the most points Notre Dame has given up to a non-conference opponent since 1995.

There were a few standouts on the court for the Blue Demons as three players had over 20 points with Stonewall and Bekelja adding 20 each to Morris’s total.

Kelly Campbell had 14 boards on the night to lead DePaul. Seven of her rebounds were on the offensive glass, which helped contribute to DePaul’s 21 second-chance points.

Notre Dame drops to 5-7 on the season as DePaul improves to 8-1 winning their sixth straight. It was the second win DePaul has had against Notre Dame this decade, the first win against the Fighting Irish for any player on the current roster.

“I’m proud of our players for having the resolve to come into a great environment but a hostile environment and still be able to win a basketball game against a team and program like Notre Dame,” Bruno said.