NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (4/12/16) – The Arkansas State women's bowling team departed Jonesboro around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday morning and arrived in New Brunswick, N.J., around 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time as the Red Wolves are set to begin preparations for the NCAA Tournament April 14-16.
A-State caught a flight out of Memphis around 8:40 a.m. and arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport a little after noon Eastern Time. The team is set to practice at Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes tomorrow.
However, before preparation for the tournament begins the team took a train to New York City and took in a few sites including the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and Times Square.
Competition begins Thursday, April 14 with 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.
At the conclusion of the qualifying rounds, teams will then compete in best-of-seven Baker matches in the double elimination tournament beginning Friday, April 15. 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 3½ a piece after seven games will be decided by a tiebreaker using the Modified Baker format.
The Northeast Conference will host the championship and tickets can be purchased on www.NCAA.com prior to the championship.
The championship final will air on ESPNU Saturday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m. (CT), while a tape delay broadcast of the championship final will air on ESPN Sunday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m. (CT).