WICKLIFFE, Ohio (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State women's
bowling team, powered by seven straight matches of at least 1,024 pins,
turned in a 6-1 record to earn the second seed at the NCAA Bowling
Tournament Thursday at Game of Wickliffe in Wickliffe, Ohio.
With the 6-1 record on the day, A-State improves to 97-30 on the season and set the new school record for wins, breaking its overall record of 91 from a season ago. The Red Wolves had tied the school record for overall wins in a season by registering a 91-29 regular-season record this year.
A-State's Brooke Wood finished second overall in total pinfall with 1,589, while Ashley Rucker (1,548) and Sarah Lokker (1,530) ended the day in fifth and sixth place. Amanda Labossiere finished in 11th with 1,426 pins and all A-State players had at least one game with a 200+ score.
"This was a really good day and everyone contributed positively, which is always nice to see," A-State women's bowling coach Justin Kostick said. "It would have been nice to get the first seed, but we played really well all day and we didn't play bad in the match we lost. Being second on our side of the bracket means we get lane choice and that can be the key in these best-of-seven Baker matches."
A-State put together a strong performance in its opening match of the day by defeating Wisconsin-Whitewater by a score of 1,054-927. Lokker shot a 233 to lead the Red Wolves, while Wood turned in a score of 223 to help Arkansas State earn the victory. Arkansas State fell in its second match of the day to Maryland-Eastern Shore by a score of 1,089-1,040. Wood led the Red Wolves with a 241 and Rucker bowled a 217 for the second-highest total on the team.
The Red Wolves bounced back in a big way with a 1,073-951 victory over Sam Houston State. Lokker bowled a 245 to lead A-State, while Wood shot a 241 and Stephanie Mims rolled a 221 in her first action of the day. The fourth and final match during the first block of the seeding round matched the Red Wolves against Nebraska. A-State was able to squeak out a win against the Cornhuskers by a score of 1,024-1,015. Wood led A-State with a 239, while Rucker pitched in with a 213.
Arkansas State came back from the break in a big way with high-scoring match against FDU. All five A-State bowlers in the lineup had scores of at least 206 as the Red Wolves won 1,147-1,115. Lokker led the way with a 268 for the Red Wolves, while Wood (237), Rucker (224), Samantha Wallace (212), and Labossiere (206) all registered solid performances.
A-State faced off against Vanderbilt in its sixth match of the day and the Red Wolves continued their strong play with a 1,050-967 win. Labossiere led the way with a 224, while Rucker and Wood followed with scores of 223 and 222 to help A-State to a win. The Red Wolves faced Central Missouri in their final match of the day and Rucker turned in a great performance with a 279 to lead A-State to a 1,113-982 win over the Jennies. Kalynn Carl turned in her best outing of the day with a 222 to help Arkansas State end the day with a 6-1 record.
The Red Wolves will take on the No. 7 seed Central Missouri in their first match of the double-elimination tournament Friday at 10:50 a.m. (CT). All of tomorrow's matches will be streamed live on www.NCAA.com.