The No. 12-ranked Women's Basketball team opened their final two-game homestand on Wednesday night with their seven sweep of a conference opponent as they beat Missouri Valley College.
Benedictine (20-5, 19-2 Heart) extended their winning streak to 13 games while also earning their 20th win for the fifth straight season with a 75-66 win over Missouri Valley (10-14, 6-14 Heart).
The win also gave the Ravens their seventh regular-season sweep over a Heart opponent and sets up a showdown on Saturday with No. 10 Baker University inside the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium.
After battling through a tie inside the first three minutes of play, the Ravens used a 7-0 run that was set up by a free throw from Serena Parker and a 3-pointers from Haylee Beard and Kristen Murphy to pull ahead of the Vikings by seven points by the midpoint of the first quarter.
Benedictine couldn't pull away down the stretch in the first quarter and after Missouri Valley took a brief lead, the Ravens used 12-6 run to pull in front 23-18 headed to the second quarter.
Valley used an 18-point second quarter to take a 36-34 lead into halftime while converting 48 percent from the floor and 72.7 percent from the free throw line.
Beard hit her first 3-pointer of the second half out of the gate in the third quarter, but again the offense went cold allowing Missouri Valley to stay in the game.
The Vikings pulled ahead by as much as five points before the Ravens switched up their defensive pressure which threw Missouri Valley off their offensive rhythm. The two teams exchanged 3-pointers inside the final 23 seconds of the quarter to send the game to the fourth quarter tied at 54.
The Ravens stuck with their defensive pressure and limited the Vikings to just 12 points in the fourth quarter as they outscored them 21-12 to earn the nine-point win. Benedictine held Missouri Valley to 5 field goals in the fourth quarter while they converted 60 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter.
Benedictine finished the second half at 56.5 percent from the field and 62.5 from beyond the arc while converting 83.3 percent from the charity stripe.
Parker scored a game-high 24 points going 9 of 12 from the floor and 6 of 10 at the free throw line. Murphy finished with 11 points hitting 5 of 6 free throws while Beard and Maddie Minneart chipped in with 9 and 8 points respectively. The duo combined to hit half of the Ravens 10 3-pointers.
The Ravens take on Baker at 2 p.m. Saturday for their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game. Saturday is also Senior Day with the Senior Class honored between games. Baker earned a 69-5 win over Benedictine in Baldwin City on Dec. 10.