The Raven women's basketball team tied its season high from beyond the arc on Thursday night as they took care of Culver-Stockton College inside the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium.
Benedictine (13-7, 5-3 HAAC) connected on 11 3-pointer en route to a 84-70 win over Culver-Stockton (3-13, 0-8 HAAC).
Just three minutes into the game, the Ravens took control against the Wildcats as they jumped out to a 17-6 advantage.
Another Payne 3-pointer pushed Benedictine ahead by 14 points, 20-6, at the 16 minute and 16 second mark of the first half but despite the quick start by the Ravens, the Wildcats didn't go away quietly.
Culver-Stockton kept within arm's length of the Ravens, cutting Benedictine's lead to single digits through the final four-minutes of the first half.
By halftime, Benedictine's lead had been trimmed to eight points, 44-36.
They never looked back, pushing ahead by as much as 25 points before a late rally by the Wildcats shaved the final margin to 14 points.
Benedictine had five players score in double figures, led by Rutledge's game-high 18 points. Forward Erin Murphy added 15 while Youngstrom finished with 12 and a season high seven assists. Payne and Ziesel each scored 11 points.
Culver-Stockton was led in scoring by Kati Davis with 13 points.
The Ravens hit the road on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game in Springfield, Mo., against Evangel University. You can follow along live by clicking on the live links located on the scoreboard at the top of www.ravenathletics.com.