LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland women’s basketball will face Vanguard University and the University of Providence in the Jackson Rotary Classic on November 24-25 at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn., as announced this week.
Vanguard, ranked fourth nationally in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll released this past week, finished 30-4 overall in 2016-17, losing in the semifinals of the NAIA National Tournament. Head coach Russ Davis has registered a 525-129 mark in 20 seasons with the Lions.
The Providence Argonauts posted a 12-17 record last season under head coach Bill Himmelberg. UP reached the final eight in the NAIA Championships in 2015 and 2016.
Cumberland was ranked 22nd in the NAIA Preseason Poll. The Phoenix defeated Carroll College, 53-49, and dropped a 66-64 decision to John Brown University in last year’s Rotary Classic.
Cumberland begins its 2017-18 campaign Monday with a 6 p.m. home game versus Oakwood University. CU also hosts Martin Methodist this Friday at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.