The No. 7-ranked Raven Women's Basketball team wrapped up their four-game, seven-day swing on Saturday with a strong defensive effort in a 66-56 win over William Penn (Iowa) University.
Benedictine (15-2, 7-2 Heart) forced William Penn (7-10, 4-6 Heart) into 19 turnovers which led to 22 points en route to the win that moved the Ravens record at home this season to 10-0.
The defensive effort for the Ravens started out of the game as they limited the Statesmen to just seven points over the first 10 minutes of play.
By halftime, the Ravens lead stood at 33-22 and the Statesmen had only managed nine first-half field goals while going 1 of 9 from beyond the 3-point arc against the Benedictine defense.
The Statesmen outscored the Ravens in the third quarter, 19-14, but couldn't find any answer for the Ravens defensive pressure as the fourth quarter got underway.
After allowing William Penn to close within three points late in the third quarter, Jordan Kramer hit a 3-pointer for the final basket of the quarter that kicked off a 10-0 run for Benedictine that extended into the fourth quarter and extended the Ravens lead back to double figures.
The Ravens maintained a double-figure for much of the remainder of the game, briefly allowing William Penn within eight only to have Kristen Murphy push the lead back to 10 with 31 seconds remaining.
Benedictine returns to the road for a 5:30 p.m. game on Wednesday in Baldwin City against Baker University before returning home on Jan. 23 to take on Culver-Stockton College at 2 p.m. as they begin the second half of conference play.