Morris and Church help DePaul beat Kentucky 86-82

Sonya Morris scored 23 points and Deja Church added 18 to help No. 24 DePaul top ninth-ranked Kentucky 86-82

CHICAGO — Sonya Morris scored 23 points and Deja Church added 18 to help No. 24 DePaul top ninth-ranked Kentucky 86-82 on Wednesday.

Both Morris and Church made a pair of free throws in the final 25 seconds to seal the Blue Demons’ second straight victory.

The Blue Demons (3-2) opened the fourth quarter with a 59-53 lead and made nine of their first 10 field-goal tries to keep the Wildcats at bay.

Chastity Patterson had 22 points to lead Kentucky (6-1), which was seeking its first win since administrators made Kyra Elzy the full-time head coach.

The Wildcats ended a turnover-filled first half — there were 25 in all between the teams — with a 37-35 lead thanks to Rhyne Howard’s layup off a steal in the closing seconds.

DePaul took the lead for good midway through the third quarter with an 8-0 run that featured a pair of Church baskets.

Kentucky got a dominant performance from center Dre’una Edwards, who finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Howard also finished with 18 points.

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