Stepping up: D-II champ Ashland to face UConn in exhibition

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) Undefeated and Division II champion Ashland is getting a shot at the gold standard of women's college basketball - UConn.

The Eagles went 37-0 this season to capture their second Division II crown. They will face UConn in a preseason exhibition game Nov. 5 Ashland announced the matchup Thursday, presenting a ''tale of the tape'' between the programs on its website.

UConn is 36-0 and plays Mississippi State in the Final Four on Friday at Dallas. UConn has won 111 straight games and four straight Division I titles.

The past six seasons, Ashland has won two titles, finished second and gone 181-23 in D-II.

Ashland coach Robyn Fralick says UConn has ''set the standard, not just in women's basketball, but athletics in general.'' Fralick calls this game an ''unbelievable opportunity.''

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