The Raven Women's Basketball team earned their fifth straight win on Saturday and the process picked up a conference win against a program on the NAIA radar.
Benedictine (8-4, 3-0 Heart) earned a comeback win over Central Methodist University (6-4, 0-3 Heart) who is currently listed in the others receiving votes category of the NAIA Div. I Women's Basketball Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
The Ravens outscored the Eagles 33-21 in the second half to erase a seven-point halftime deficit and remain undefeated in Heart play. Saturday's comeback marked the first time this season the Ravens have overcome a halftime deficit to earn a win.
Benedictine used a 11-0 run to erase an early deficit to CMU but the Eagles responded with an 11-0 run of their own to regain the lead, 14-11, with 13 minutes left in the first half.
The Ravens pulled even at 16-16 by the midpoint of the half but couldn't pull back ahead as the Eagles closed out the half with the lead.
In the second half, the Eagles were able to do just enough offensively to keep the Ravens at arm's length through the first 18 minutes of the half.
After playing through four ties in the second half, the Ravens took the lead for first time in the second half on a basket in the paint by Kristen Murphy with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
A 3-pointer by Morgan Vetter with 40 seconds left in the game pulled the Eagles within three points but that would be all the closer they would get as the Ravens held CMU scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Vetter led all scorers with 23 points but her efforts alone in the end weren't enough overcome the Ravens second half effort.
The Ravens are off until Dec. 20 when they travel to Shawnee, Okla., to take on NAIA Div. I No. 7 Oklahoma Baptist University. Game time is set for 2 p.m.