ARLINGTON, TX (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team finished second in the Prairie View A&M Invitational after advancing to the championship match, but falling to Nebraska Sunday at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas.
The Red Wolves (57-20) posted a 981-922 win over No. 8 Stephen F. Austin to secure the second seed in the bracket play with a total pinfall of 11,404. A-State faced the third seed Vanderbilt in the first round of bracket play with the two teams splitting the first four games (244-222, 212-226, 245-244, 193-205). Arkansas State claimed two consecutive eight-pin wins (222-214, 234-226) to win the match 4-2 and advance to the championship.
A-State faced off against Nebraska, who advanced to the championship with a 4-2 win over SFA, in the championship match and the Red Wolves won games one (215-204) and two (204-185) for a 2-0 advantage. The Cornhuskers got on the board with a 228-200 win in game three, but Arkansas State posted a match-high 258 to top Nebraska’s 180 in game four to take a 3-1 lead. However, the Cornhuskers won three straight games (211-177, 225-176, 224-198) for a come-from-behind 4-3 win to claim the Prairie View A&M Invitational championship.
“We have won a lot of matches by swinging the momentum and today we lost one that had the momentum turn on us,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “We shot a clean game in the last set, but just didn’t get it done.”
Jordan Richard and Stephanie Mims both earned all-tournament honors after finishing second and third, respectively, in the individual standings. Richard registered a total pinfall of 1,365 for a 227.50 average, while Mims bowled to a 223 average per game and 1,338 pins.
Vanderbilt claimed the best record in the tournament with a 10-2 mark, while A-State and Nebraska both went 9-3 over the three-day event.
The Red Wolves travel to Houston, Texas for the Stephen F. Austin Jacks Invitational Feb. 12-14 in its next tournament.