In a battle of two teams jockying for position in the top three of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC), the Central Methodist University Eagles snapped the Raven women's basketball four-game winning streak on Saturday in the HAAC Game of the Week.
Central Methodist (17-5, 8-4 HAAC) held Benedictine (16-8, 8-4 HAAC) to a season-low 16.7 percent from beyond the 3-point arc en route to a 79-56 win.
After playing through four lead changes and two ties over the first six minutes of the game, CMU went on a 9-3 run that pushed their lead to nine points midway through the half.
A 3-pointer by Benedictine forward Erin Murphy closed the Ravens deficit to six points, 24-18 with nine minutes left in the first half before CMU took fire offensively.
The Eagles outscored the Ravens 17-3 over the next six minutes of the game, limiting the Ravens to one field goal and one free throw to push ahead by as much as 22 points.
By halftime, the Ravens had trimmed their deficit to 17 points as they trailed 41-24.
Benedictine was limited to just seven first-half field goals while CMU connected on 16 field goals with a 53.3 percent shooting effort.
In the second half, the Ravens turned up the defensive pressure leading to 9 of CMU's 17 turnovers.
While the Ravens were able to match the Eagles with 10 second-half field goals, CMU converted on 50 percent in the final 20 mintues while Benedictine was limited to just 27.8 percent.
Benedictine hits the road for their next conference match up as they take on No. 18 Baker University in Baldwin City at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.