The Raven Women's Basketball team connected on 53.7 percent from the floor on Saturday night and added a 62.5 percent effort from beyond the arc in route to a 92-50 win over Avila University in their Heart of America Athletic Conference opener.
For Benedictine (2-2, 1-0 Heart), the 42-point win and 92-point scoring effort marks their largest margin of victory over Avila (0-3, 0-1 Heart) and highest scoring effort in the past 22 games of the series with the Eagles.
After leading by nine points after the first quarter, the Ravens defense limited the Eagles to just nine points in the second quarter which allowed Benedictine to take a 40-23 lead into halftime.
After connecting in the 46.7 percent from the floor in the first half and 54.5 percent from beyond the arc, the Ravens heated up to 53.7 percent from the floor and 62.5 percent from beyond the arc in the second half. They also added a 18-for-23 effort at the free throw in the second half to finish the game at 77.4 percent.
Benedictine went out to outscore Avila 49-27 in the second half while using a 16-3 run that stretched the first four minutes and 48 seconds of the fourth quarter to put the Eagles away.
The Ravens finished the gave with a 12-5 advantage in points off turnovers as they forced Avila into 17. They also earned a 13-3 advantage in second-chance points as they won the rebound battle 48-23.
Benedictine had four players score in double figures led by the game-high 22 point from Serena Parker. She hit 8 of 10 from the floor, connecting on her only 3-point attempt, while knocking in all five free throws and pulling in a team-high eight rebounds. Haylee Beard added 17 points as she went a perfect 4 for 4 from beyond the arc with five free throws. Kristen Murphy and Ali Taff rounded out the Ravens scoring effort with 11 points each as Murphy added eight rebounds as well.
The Ravens continue conference play on Wednesday with a trip to Lamoni, Iowa, to take on Graceland University at 5:30 p.m. The return home on Nov. 19 to host Heart newcomer Clarke University. Please note a special start time for the game with Clarke as the Ravens and Crusaders will tip off at Noon inside the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium.