Heading into the final two games of the regular season, the No. 25-ranked Raven Women's Basketball team needed one win to lock in sole possession of second place in the Heart standings.
Benedictine (21-8, 14-3 Heart) connected on 85.3 percent from the charity stripe on Thursday to pull away from Culver-Stockton College (18-9, 10-7 Heart) and earn a 64-59 win.
With just the regular-season finale ahead of Benedictine at Evangel University on Saturday, the Ravens have secured second place in the Heart and have earned home-court advantage for the quarterfinals and the semifinals with a quarterfinal win.
After a brief lead, 4-3, inside the first two minutes of the game, the Ravens went cold offensively for much of the first half.
With just over four minutes left in the half, Culver led by 11 points. Benedictine used a 15-4 run to erase their double-figure deficit and pull even headed into halftime at 34 points.
A pair of free throws from Jayde Reid inside the first 45 seconds of the second have gave Benedictine its second lead of the game. It was a lead they would hold on to for much of the final 20 minutes of play.
A 3-pointer by Chayla Rutledge pushed Benedictine up by seven points, 52-45, at the midway point of the second half but that would be all the bigger the Lady Ravens lead would get.
Much like how Benedictine did in the first half, Culver answered the Ravens lead with a run of their own. The Wildcats used a 13-4 run to take over the lead, 58-57, briefly with just under five minutes left in the game.
Three free throws from Reid and Rutledge erased the one-point deficit for Benedictine and gave the Ravens back the lead for good with 90 seconds remaining.
Benedictine hit 4 of 6 from the charity stripe inside the final seconds of the game to hold off Culver and pick up the regular-season sweep.
Rutledge finished with a game-high 30 points hitting all 12 free throws. She also became the program's 16th 1,000-point scorer. Reid added 15 as she went 8 of 10 from the charity stripe.
Benedictine travels to Springfield, Mo., on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game with Evangel to close out the regular season.