ST. LOUIS, MO (ASU) – The Arkansas State women's bowling team departed from Jonesboro around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning and arrived in St. Louis, Mo., around 1:30 p.m. as the Red Wolves are set to begin preparations for the NCAA Tournament April 9-11 at Tropicana Lanes in Richmond Heights, Mo.
A-State bussed to St. Louis and checked into the team hotel before heading to a local mall for lunch and a movie. The team is set to practice Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.
The competition begins Thursday at 12:50 p.m. with the first block of qualifying rounds in which each team bowls one five-person regular team game against each of the other seven participating teams. Teams will be seeded for bracket play based on their win-loss record during the qualifying rounds. The second block of qualifying rounds will take place Friday morning at 10:50 a.m.
After the conclusion of the qualifying rounds, teams will then compete in best-of-seven Baker matches in the double elimination tournament that begins Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. In the Baker format, each of the five team members, in order, bowls a complete frame until a complete (10-frame) game is bowled. A Baker match tied at 31/2 apiece after seven games will be decided by a tiebreaker using the Modified Baker format.
The first two rounds of the double elimination tournament will take place Friday while the rest of the bracket rounds will take place Saturday, beginning at 8:55 a.m. Saturday's championship is set for 7 p.m. and will air on ESPNU. A tape delay broadcast of the championship final will air on ESPN on Sunday, April 12 from 3-5 p.m.