The second-seeded Raven Women's Basketball team limited third-seeded Central Methodist University to a new season low on Friday night en route to a Heart Postseason Tournament Semfinal win.
Benedictine (25-7) limited CMU (23-10) to just six first-half field goals while scoring 20 points off turnovers as they earned a 61-46 win to advance to the Heart Championship Game on March 6.
Defensively, the Ravens limited the Eagles to just 2 of 16 from the floor in the first quarter which allowed Benedictine to pull ahead by as much as 12.
The Eagles worked their way back within seven points but couldn't get any closer as Benedictine took a 32-23 lead into halftime.
The Ravens were able to hold court in the second half. Both teams connected on five third-quarter that allowed Benedictine to pull ahead 17 points headed into the final 10 minutes of the game. The Ravens did convert at the free throw line in the third quarter as well as they went 9 of 10 at the charity stripe.
Both teams finished below 30 percent from the floor with Benedictine holding the edge at 29 percent. They held CMU to just 26.4 percent from the floor with just eight second-half field goals.
Benedictine forced CMU into 21 turnovers which translated to a 20-4 advantage for the Ravens. They also finished with a 15-1 advantage in second chance points as they pulled in 14 offensive rebounds.
Kristen Murphy scored a game-high 17 points while Serena Parker finished with 11 while Lexie Villegas pulled in a game-high 11 rebounds. Benedictine finished with a 20-18 advantage off the bench, which was anchored by eight points from Maddie Minnaert.
The Ravens advance to take on top-seeded Baker University on Monday night in Baldwin City. Monday's game will be broadcast live on KSMO in the Kansas City market as well as streamed nationally on ESPN3. Baker took the regular-season series over the Ravens, most recently earning a 64-62 win over Benedictine in Atchison on Feb. 11.
Ticket prices for Monday's game will be $10 for adults, $5 for senior or military and $2 for students with an ID.