Eagles Lose Exhibition Battle Of Preseason No. 1s At UConn

Eagles Lose Exhibition Battle Of Preseason No. 1s At UConn


In an exhibition game featuring the preseason national favorites in both NCAA Division I and Division II women's basketball, Connecticut defeated Ashland University, 119-56, on Sunday (Nov. 5) afternoon in Storrs, Conn.

The Eagles, who enter the 2017-18 season with the longest winning streak in the country, men or women, at 37 games, won the 2016-17 Division II national title. The Huskies advanced to the Division I Final Four a season ago, and has won 11 national championships since 1995.

In its first exhibition game against a D-I opponent this season on Oct. 29, Ashland lost at Ohio State, 110-80.

The Eagles were No. 1 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Coaches preseason poll released on Oct. 31. UConn was the preseason No. 1 in Division I in the Associated Press poll released on Nov. 2.

Ashland was paced by senior forward Laina Snyder, who finished with a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds), and senior forward Julie Worley, who scored a team-high 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line.

For the Huskies, six players scored in double figures, led by Kia Nurse, who scored 21 points after hitting all seven shots from the floor, all four from 3-point range and 3-of-4 from the foul line. Both Azura Stevens (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Gabby Williams (11 points, 10 rebounds) finished with double-doubles.

Sunday's game also was shown live in Kates Gymnasium for a watch party, sponsored by Ohio Health, the official health care provider for Ashland University Athletics, in which a couple hundred Eagle fans looked on.

UP NEXT: The start of the 2017-18 regular season on Friday (Nov. 10) at 5:30 p.m. vs. Ohio Dominican at Cedarville, Ohio, in the G-MAC/GLIAC/GLVC Crossover.