The No. 11 Raven Women's Basketball team held off a fourth-quarter run by No. 13 Central Methodist University on Monday night to earn a big early-season Heart win over the Eagles.
Benedictine (6-2, 5-0 Heart) used a 22 point first quarter to lead by 12 points headed into the second quarter which proved to be too much of a hole for CMU (5-2, 3-2 Heart) to dig out of as the Ravens earned a 76-73 win.
The Ravens started out the game on a 12-2 run that lasted for the first half of the opening quarter. The Eagles closed within six points but the Ravens responded to take a 22-10 lead into the second quarter.
Benedictine led by as much as 13 points late in the second quarter before settling to a 35-24 lead at the half.
CMU came out of the locker room in the second half clicking offensively to outscore Benedictine 21-19 but even with that, the Ravens still held a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles kept the momentum into the fourth quarter and took over the lead for the first time with just over six minutes remaining in the game. Benedictine answered by outscoring CMU 14-8 from that point in the game to earn the win between the two NAIA-ranked programs.
Benedictine won the battle in the paint, outscoring CMU 26-24 and also held a 12-5 advantage in second chance points.
Kristen Murphy led four Ravens in double figures with 23 points. Ali Taff added a career high 18 points as she went 8 of 12 at the free throw line. Serena Parker finished with her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Haylee Beard finished with 12 points as well. Lexie Villegas gave the Ravens another double-figure rebounder as she finished with 10 rebounds as well.
The Ravens turn their attention on another match up with a NAIA-ranked Heart opponent as they will travel to Olathe for a 5:30 p.m. game on Thursday against No. 1 MNU.