Morris’ comeback leads charge in double-overtime conference win against Georgetown


Maddy Maes

DePaul women’s basketball guard Sonya Morris jumping with the ball against Georgetown on Jan. 16.

Behind Morris’ 19-point second-half explosion, DePaul was able to bounce back from a brutal loss to UConn last week with a 105-104 double overtime win against Georgetown. The team is now 20-7 overall and 12-4 in conference play.

The game was a tale of two halves. DePaul began the first half slow offensively and Georgetown exposed the Blue Demons in the paint. Freshman forward Aneesah Morrow started the game off with a low post score to put DePaul on the board. She then followed up on an offensive rebound to tie the game at four. Graduate student guard Deja Church drove down the lane on the next offensive possession and scored to tie the game at six. Morrow then drew the foul, hitting both free throws to cut the deficit to two. Sophomore guard Darrione Rogers helped DePaul regain the lead with a 3-point shot to make the score 11-10.

Georgetown maintained the lead, hitting four of their last five field goals prior to the first break of the game. Junior guard Kierra Collier drew the foul and hit both free throws to cut DePaul’s deficit to one. Church scored on the pull up jumpshot to keep the game close at 20-15. Sophomore guard Kendall Holmes hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer to cut their deficit to four.

At the end of the first quarter, DePaul was down 22-18. Morrow led the way with six points, while Church had four. Rogers and Holmes had three points each, while Collier had two points. The team shot 35 percent from the field and 40 percent from the three-point line.

DePaul continued to fight. Being down double digits in the second quarter, DePaul responded with four quick points. Rogers scored on the dribble pull up jumpshot and Morrow scored in the post from Collier to cut the deficit to six.. At this point, Held stepped up, drawing the foul on a drive to the basket and hitting both free throws to make the score 30-24.

Georgetown went on a four minute scoring drought, and DePaul began their comeback. Church hit a step through jump shot and drew the foul by driving down the lane and hitting both free throws on the next possession to keep the team close with a single digit deficit. Rogers followed Church’s lead, drawing the foul off the dribble drive, but she split the free throws, cutting the deficit to eight at 37-29.

Held hit a big 3 on the next offensive possession, cutting Georgetwon’s lead to six, 38-32. Church drove down the lane and scored off the layup to cut their deficit to five, 40-35. Rogers scored on a running shot to cut the lead to four, but Georgetown hit a buzzer-beating shot, extending their lead to five.

At halftime, the team was down 43-37. Church led the way with 10 points. Rogers and Morrow had eight points. Held had six points, while Holmes had three points and Collier had two points. The team shot 38 percent from the field and 33 percent from the 3 point line.

Georgetown dominated the glass in the first half, out rebounding DePaul 22-15 with eight of the rebounds coming on the offensive end. Georgetown also scored 13 second chance points and 26 points in the paint.

After a rough first half, DePaul turned up the heat with a surprise burst from senior guard Sonya Morris. Originally, Morris was not supposed to play due to an ankle injury, but she made herself available, suiting up in the second half. She took over the half, instantly contributed to the team’s resurgence as soon as she stepped on the floor, and the team did not look back.

The offense picked up and the defense intensified in the second half, starting with the Blue Demons going on a quick 4-0 run. Collier started the second half with a layup off the dribble to make the score 43-39. Morrow drew the foul and hit both of her free throws to cut the lead to two. Church hit a big 3-point shot to cut the deficit to two at 48-46. Georgetown went on a 6-0 run and hit four of their last five field goals to extend the lead to double digits. But Morris’ presence allowed DePaul to respond, starting with an assist to Morrow, bringing the lead back to single digits. Collier came alive, pulling a five point swing that cut Georegtown’s lead to one. DePaul finished the quarter strong, hitting five of their last seven field goals while Georgetown went on a two minute scoring drought to be down 61-60.

But Georgetown fired back, starting the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run, extending their lead to eight within the first minute of the game. Morrow began to take over, counteracting  Georgetown’s run with back-to-back 3-point shots of her own. Collier followed Morrow’s leadership, stepping up with a jump shot to bring the deficit back down to one. Morris hit timely shots, including a fadeaway jump shot in the paint to help DePaul gain the lead 70-69.

The game continued to go back and forth, with both teams scoring on back to back possessions behind the efforts of Church and Rogers. Morris steped up again, hitting a big jump shot to tie the game at 83 with 35 seconds left in the game. On the last possession of the quarter, Morrow hit a buzzer-beating hook shot to take the game into overtime, tied at 85.

From this point on, behind the leadership of Morris and timely defensive plays, DePaul persevered through two overtimes to seal the victory.

Morrow completed her 19th consecutive double-double, finishing the game with 28 points and 18 rebounds. Rogers and Church had 17 points each. The team shot 47 percent from the field and 46 percent from the line.

The Blue Demons play Marquette at home next on Wednesday.