The Raven women's basketball team battled back from as much as a 16-point deficit on Saturday No. 13 MNU before the Pioneers won the free throw battle to earn the win.
Benedictine (16-10, 8-6 HAAC) forced MNU (20-3, 12-2 HAAC) into eight second-half turnovers, which led to 13 points but in the end the Pioneers were able to hold off the defensive surge by the Ravens and earn a 82-75 win.
After three ties and two lead changes, Benedictine surged ahead by four points with 13 minutes and 32 seconds left in the first half when forward Chayla Rutledge converted on one of Benedictine's eight 3-pointers.
MNU countered with a 12-2 run that not only erased Benedictine's lead, it pushed the Pioneers ahead by 14 points with seven minutes left before halftime.
The Pioneers continued to hold the Ravens at arm's length pushing ahead by 18 points before the Ravens outscored MNU 12-4 to close out the half and pull within 10 points at the break.
Beneditine siezed their last first-half momentum and pulled it into the second half.
Guard Jackie Ziesel capped off a 13-2 run that not only saw Benedictine erase a double-digit deficit, it allowed the Ravens to regain the lead with 10 minutes remaining.
From there, neither team could pull ahead as they battled through four more ties and eight lead changes before MNU was able to seal the game from the free throw line.
Rutledge finished with a game-high 24 points for the Ravens. Ziesel finished with 14 points off the bench while Justice Payne added 11 points.
The Ravens remain at home on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. as they host Graceland University. Benedictine earned a 81-74 win over Graceland back on Jan. 16 in Lamoni, Iowa.