MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- After over two weeks off, the 20th-ranked Auburn Montgomery women's basketball team returns to action on December 30 against Madonna University. The game will be a part of the four-day Ave Maria University Holiday Classic in Ave Maria, Fla.
The Warhawks are looking to get back on track after dropping their last two games prior to the holidays. AUM is 10-2 thus far in 2012-13, including a 4-0 record in conference play.
"We're looking forward to getting back to playing," Head Coach Dan Davis said. "The players all seem refreshed after the break. We're ready to get a couple games under our belt as we prepare for the 14 games that we have left in the conference."
After returning to practice on the day after Christmas, AUM made the long journey to southern Florida yesterday, with a brief stop for practice at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Their opponents on Saturday, Madonna, hail from Livonia, Mich. and are currently 6-5. The Crusaders' matchup against AUM will be their third game in three days at the tournament, which begins today and concludes on New Year's Eve. The two schools have never faced each other.
A total of six teams are participating in the tournament. AUM concludes the event on Dec. 31 against host school Ave Maria (5-4) before returning home next Friday to face Emmanuel. Ave Maria will be playing its fourth game in four days on New Year's Eve.
"We've got two quality opponents with winning records," Davis said. "Both are receiving votes in the NAIA Division II poll. We know that we've got some good tests down here, playing some teams we haven't played before and seeing some different brands of basketball."
The Warhawks are 4-0 in tournaments this year, sweeping both of their games at the Jimmy Faulkner Classic and Jack Souther Classic earlier in November. After this weekend, 14 of their last 15 regular season games will be Southern States Athletic Conference matchups.
Both games this weekend begin at 1 p.m. Ave Maria is planning to produce a free online video broadcast of the games at the following link: http://www.livestream.com/avemariaathletics.