Points were at a premium on Thursday night as the No. 7-ranked Raven Women's Basketball team hosted Grand View University for the first time in conference play.
It took a total team effort for Benedictine (15-2, 7-2 Heart) as they held off a late surge by Grand View (6-9, 3-6 Heart) to earn a 46-44 win.
Thursday's match up marked the fourth game for both teams since in nine days, which might have played a factor in the low shooting percentage for both sides.
The Ravens used a 38.7 percent effort over the first half to build a 26-21 lead at the half while defensively they held Grand View to just eight first-half field goals.
Another factor in the slow night offensive was also the total number of fouls called – 37. Neither team was able to get into an offensive rhythm as fouls disrupted the flow of the game through all four quarters.
Benedictine converted on just five second half field goals but that was just enough after Ali Taff converted a pair with eight seconds left in the game to help seal the win.
Grand View's leading scorer Britny Halleland had a chance to tie the game with three seconds remaining but the 71.3 percent free throw shooter missed both to allow Benedictine to remain in front
Eight Ravens saw over 17 minutes of action in the win with Chayla Rutledge finishing the night as the leading scorer with 10 points. Lexie Villegas continued her strong work on the glass, pulling in a game-high 13 rebounds.
Benedictine remains at home on Saturday as they host a 2 p.m. game with the other Heart newcomer, William Penn University. Saturday marks the Ravens annual Alumni Day with alumnae in attendance recognized during halftime.