Women's basketball clinches two-seed with season sweep over Avila

No. 12 Ravens earn 71-56 win over Avila in final regular-season home game

  • Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Raven women's basketball team finished off their regular season home schedule in a familiar fashion as they defeated Avila University 71-56 Saturday afternoon.

After going into halftime leading only by two, Benedictine (25-4, 15-2 HAAC) came out in the second half ready to fight.  Avila (5-20, 4-13) took their only lead of the game 30 seconds into the half before that lead was quickly taken away as Erin Murphy (Sr., Olathe) capitalized on two free throw shots and reclaimed the lead for the Ravens.

The No. 12 Ravens extended their lead to 12 with 10 minutes left to play, and they kept a comfortable lead for the rest of the game.  

Liz Stinson (Sr., Stillwell) led the Ravens in scoring for the seventh time this season with 13 points.

Kelsey Anselmi (Sr. Olathe) took her place in Benedictine history two minutes into the game as she assisted Stinson with a basket. The assist earned Anselmi her 451st career assist, putting her on top of the all-time career assist list for Benedictine.  Anselmi tacked on five more assists and ended the game with 12 points and led the team with six rebounds.  

Jackie Ziesel (St. Joseph, Mo) was right behind her senior teammates with 10 points and she led the team with four steals. Ziesel also went 4 of 4 from the free throw line.   

Benedictines bench came through once again for the Ravens, combining for 24 points, 15 rebounds and 8 steals.  

The first half was a little shaky for the Ravens as they let a 10 point lead with six minutes to go until half disappear.

With a 3-point shot and a field goal off of a turnover by Benedictine, Avila brought the game within two with 4:45 left to play in the half.

Luckily for the Ravens, Avila turned the ball over six times in the last four minutes giving Benedictine the opportunity to hang onto their lead.  

Both teams struggled to hang onto the ball throughout the game.  Avila had 23 turnovers, 15 coming from Benedictine steals. The Ravens had 14 turnovers, six of which came from Avila steals. 

Benedictine took full advantage of their forced turnovers, finishing the game by outscoring AVila 30-10 in points off turnovers.

Avila fell into foul trouble recording 26 personal fouls, which sent Benedictine to he free throw line.

Benedictine shot 71 percent from the line as they converted 27 of 38 free throws. Avila also shot 71 percent from the line, however were only given 17 free throw shots as Benedictine recorded 17 personal fouls.

The Ravens wrap up their regular season with a makeup game Monday at 5:30 p.m., in Baldwin City against rival Baker University.