DES MOINES, Iowa – Facing three games on the road in their final four of the regular season, the Raven Women's Basketball team bounced back on Thursday night with a 74-67 win over Grand View University.
Benedictine (21-6, 20-3 Heart) outscored Grand View (13-14, 10-13 Heart) 42-30 in the second half to start off their two-game road trip with a win.
Grand View held a five-point lead after the first quarter and thanks to a last-second half court shot, they were able to maintain that advantage headed into the half leading 37-32.
While the Ravens found themselves trailing at the half, a career milestone was hit during the second quarter for Benedictine. With her 3-pointer with 7:21 left to play in the second quarter, Kristen Murphy reached the 1,000-point career scoring mark for Benedictine.
The Vikings used a 44.7 percent effort from the floor to take their halftime lead, while defensively they limited the Ravens to just 37.5 percent with three 3-pointers at the half.
Grand View pulled ahead by as much as eight points near the midpoint of the third quarter before Benedictine started to pull them back in. Benedictine use a 10-2 run over the next three minutes of the quarter to erase the Vikings' lead and pull even at 48 points with just over three minutes left in the quarter. Murphy converted one of two at the free throw line seconds later to put Benedictine in front for the first time since the first quarter.
Benedictine never gave up that lead, pulling ahead by as much as seven points two before finishing the game with a seven-point advantage.
The Ravens turned the ball over just three times in the second half as they forced the Vikings into a total of 13. That led to a 14-8 advantage in points off turnovers for Benedictine. Benedictine also took full advantage from their trips to the charity stripe in the second half. They finished the half with 19 free throws and finished the game at 80 percent.
Murphy finished with a game high 21 points. She now has 1,013 career points at Benedictine and is currently ranked 18th on the all-time scoring list. She needs 10 more points to move it a tie for 17th with her sister Erin, who scored 1,023 points from 2010-2014.
Benedictine remains on the road Saturday for a Noon game in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, against Mount Mercy University.