The Raven Women's Basketball team kept pace atop of the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings on Saturday as they earned a wire-to-wire win over Missouri Valley College.
Benedictine (13-6, 6-1 Heart) earned a 86-81 win over Missouri Valley (7-9, 3-4 Heart) as they surpassed 80 points for the second straight game.
Benedictine netted the games first basket when Chayla Rutledge knocked in a 3-pointer seconds into the game, setting the stage for another career night for her.
As a team, the Ravens converted on 50 percent from the floor while knocking in five 3-pointers as they gradually pulled ahead by 10 points before the mid point of the half.
Missouri Valley closed the half on a 10-4 run to pull within eight at halftime.
The second half would be one of runs as Benedictine founds themselves back up by double figures three times only to have Missouri Valley pull even twice.
After the first tie, the Ravens used a 11-1 run to pull back ahead by 10 points with just under nine minutes left in the game. Then after Benedictine pulled ahead 76-66, Missouri Valley went on a 10-0 run to tie the game at 76 with three minutes left in the game.
From their, the Ravens outscored the Vikings 10-5 to earn the win.
Rutledge paced the Ravens with a career high 33 points – which now stands as the fifth-highest single-game scoring effort in program history. She went 10 of 14 from the floor while converting on 11 of 12 from the charity stripe.
The Ravens finished the game hitting on 45.2 percent from the floor while they went 23 of 28 from the charity stripe for a 82.1-percent effort.
Benedictine hits the road for their next Heart contest as they travel to Canton, Mo., on Thursday for a 5:30 p.m. game against Culver-Stockton College.