Ashland sophomore Sarah McKee prepares a pass during Ashland's win against Malone on Friday. 

ASHLAND — The No. 1-ranked Ashland University women's basketball team battled with the Malone College for the fourth time this season Friday night, and this Division II NCAA Tournament clash was a challenge.

But the Eagles defeated the Pioneers 72-65 in a regional quarterfinal game to fulfill the March Madness mantra -- survive and advance.