With two games remaining in the Heart regular season, the Raven Women's Basketball team looked to pick up their ninth sweep in conference play as they took on William Penn University.
William Penn (17-12, 15-10 Heart) had other plans as they used a 55 percent 3-point shooting effort and a 26-point fourth quarter to upset Benedictine, 73-69.
Benedictine (22-7, 21-4 Heart) led for much of the first quarter, but went scoreless for a 90 second stretch inside the final three minutes of the quarter which allowed the Statesmen to take a 20-19 lead after the first 10 minutes of play.
William Penn took over the game early in the second quarter to pull ahead by as much as 10 points before the Ravens started to get back their offensive rhythm. The Ravens used an 11-3 run to erase their double-digit deficit and thanks to a last-second 3-pointer from Kristen Murphy, headed to the locker room trailing by two, 34-32.
As the second half got underway, it took Benedictine almost four minutes to regain the lead this time on a 3-pointer from Ali Taff. Benedictine maintained their lead through the end of the third quarter where they led, 50-47.
The fourth quarter saw four ties and three lead changes before the Statesmen were able to pull away. After Serena Parker hit a pair of free throws inside the final 90 seconds of the game, William Penn answered with a 3-pointer from Sarah Hansen that put the game out of reach for the Ravens.
Benedictine didn't go down without a fight, but a pair of free throws from Hansen with 14 seconds left in the game put the Ravens in a seven-point hole and sealed the upset for the Statesmen.
Hansen finished with 26 points - just five points off her season high. She converted 8 of William Penn's 11 3-pointers on the night to lead the Statesmen upset bid.
The Ravens finished the game at 47.9 percent from the floor while defensively, they forced the Statesmen into 18 turnovers.
Benedictine held a 28-20 advantage in points in the paint while they also outscored William Penn 12-9 in second chance points. While the Ravens finished with less turnovers than the Statesmen, William Penn held a 16-11 advantage in points off turnovers.
Three Ravens finished in double figures as Parker and Haylee Beard finished with a team-high 17 points. Beard finished with five 3-pointers as the Ravens knocked in nine as a team. Murphy rounded out the double-figure scoring for the Ravens as she finished with 13.
Benedictine wraps up the regular season on Saturday in Canton, Mo., as they take on Culver-Stockton College at 2 p.m. The Ravens earned a 66-56 win over the Wildcats in their first meeting of the season back on Jan. 16.