KENNER, LA (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling squad registered a record of 5-1 and finished with a total pinfall of 12,082 Saturday at AMF All Star Lanes in Kenner, La., to earn the top seed in Sunday’s bracket play at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational.
A-State (10-1) began the day with a 929-811 victory over Louisiana Tech with Jadee Scott-Jones bowling a team-best 201 in the win. The Red Wolves continued their success with a 1,027-718 win versus Southern with Brooke Wood (255), Scott-Jones (214), and Haley Richard (200) all picking up 200 or more pins. The team improved to 3-0 on the day with its best score of the tournament (1,082) to top Texas Southern’s 874. Stephanie Mims led the Red Wolves with a 242 in the third match, while Jordan Richard bowled a 231 and Scott-Jones knocked down 213 pins.
Arkansas State lost its fourth match of the day to No. 10 North Carolina A&T 949-850, but bounced back to top No. 1 Nebraska 1,026-1,011 in its next match. Jordan Richard led the team in both matches with a 201 in match four and an outstanding 258 in the fifth match. A-State finished the day with a 1,035-991 victory versus No. 6 Sam Houston State and was led by Mims, who shot a 236. Jordan Richard tallied a 225 in the win over the Bearkats, while Wood bowled a 214.
“We went 5-1 so I was happy with the performance for the most part,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “We had an issue in the fourth match and didn’t perform well because the lanes transitioned and we weren’t on top of it fast enough. Our shot quality wasn’t good enough either in that match. However, we came back nicely with wins over Nebraska and Sam Houston to finish the day.”
Jordan Richard finished third overall in the individual standings with 1,282 pins for a 213.67 per game average. Mims was 11th overall with 1,019 pins for a 203.80 per match average in five games, while Wood finished 13th a total pinfall of 1,204 and 200.67 per match average. Scott-Jones also finished in the top-20 with a pinfall of 1,165 and 194.17 per match average.
“I’m happy for Jordan finishing third because she bowled really well all day, especially the last four matches,” Kostick added. “We need to be disciplined at making the shots we know how to make tomorrow for the bracket matches.”
A-State is the leader of the tournament with 12,082 pins and earned the top seed in Sunday’s bracket play. Sam Houston State finished second with 11,893, while Vanderbilt is third with a total pinfall of 11,669. Stephen F. Austin (11,490) and Nebraska (11,336) round out the top five of the tournament’s standings after two days.
The Red Wolves will face the No. 2 seed Sam Houston State tomorrow morning in a best-of-seven Baker match at 8:30 a.m. If the Red Wolves win, the team would advance to the championship match, but if they lose they would play the winner of the Vanderbilt-Stephen F. Austin match for the right to go to the championship.