The Raven Women's Basketball team out-rebounded the College of Saint Mary 52-36 on Monday night en route to their second straight win, 71-61.
Benedictine (5-4) held CSM (8-1) to 20 points under their season average as the Flames entered the game undefeated as the preseason NAIA Div. II No. 8-ranked team.
CSM held a brief 6-4 lead inside the first three minutes of the game and never led again.
Benedictine pushed ahead by as much as 10 points, 38-28, in the first half before heading into halftime with a 42-34 lead.
The Ravens controlled the second half.
After pushing ahead by 12 points, 46-34, on a basket from Jayde Reid inside the first three minutes of the second half, CSM cut the Ravens lead to nine points on the ensuing possession.
Those nine points would be all the closer the Flames would get as the Ravens outscored CSM 18-10 over the next 10 minutes to push their lead to 17 points.
Benedictine opens Heart play at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against Peru State College.
Winning the Rebound Battle
Heading into to play on Monday, the College of Saint Mary was averaging 43.8 rebounds and had out-rebounded their opponents by an average of 9.3 per game.
Benedictine held CSM to just 36 rebounds while setting a new season high for total rebounds at 52 and defensive rebounds at 37.
The Ravens Lexi Villegas led all players with 11 rebounds off the Benedictine bench while chipping in 9 points.
Take advantage at the Charity Stripe
After going 7 for 7 from the free throw line in the first half, Benedictine added a 6-of-8 effort in the second half to finish the game at 86.7 percent – a new single-game high for free-throw percentage.
Monday's effort at the charity stripe marked the second straight game for Benedictine at 80 percent or above from the free throw line and bested their previous season high of 85.7 percent set in their win over the University of Saint Mary on Nov. 14.
Rutledge anchored the Ravens free throw efforts going 5 for 6 at the free throw line while Ali Taff went 2 for 3 with Ziesel added a 2-for-2 effort.