The No. 12-ranked Raven women's basketball team took to the court inside the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium for the first time this season on Saturday night in front of a strong home crowd.
Playing just their second game of the season, the Ravens ran into a streaking shooting Friends University squad who knocked off Benedictine in their 2013-14 home opener, 72-66.
After leading by as much as five points early in the first half, the Ravens just couldn't put away the Falcons.
By haltime, Friends led by three points as the two teams combined for just 41 points.
Both team shot in the mid 30-percent range in the first half, knocking in a combined 20 field goals.
The second half was a different story as both team heated up.
Benedictine converted on 16 of 29 field goals in the second half while Friends knocked in 15 of 26. The difference in the second half came from behind the 3-point arc.
The Ravens went 1 for 7 to finish the game at 4 for 21 while the Falcons knocked in 7 of 15 3-pointers in the second half after going 1 for 6 in the first half.
Benedictine held the edge in points in the paint, outscoring Friends 38-28 and also got a slight advantage in bench scoring.
In the end, the Ravens couldn't find an answer for Friends Sarah Munds. Munds scored a game-high 23 points and knocked in 5 fo 7 from behind the arc in the win.
The Ravens hit the road for the Baker Classic on Nov. 15-16. They take on the University of St. Mary on Friday night at 5:30 p.m. and then take on Ottawa University at 1 p.m. Saturday.