BATON ROUGE, La. (4/13/17) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team registered a 2-3 record at the first day of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Bowling Tournament being held at the Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge, La.
The five matches today were part of the qualifying round and A-State is tied with Nebraska, but there are two more qualifying matches to be played tomorrow before the best-of-seven Baker format double elimination tournament begins. McKendree was the only team to go 5-0 on the day with Vanderbilt behind them at 4-1. FDU and Stephen F. Austin recorded 3-2 marks to currently stand in a tie for third.
The Red Wolves began the day with a 976-959 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson with Jadee Scott-Jones leading the team with a 213 before a 1,022-975 setback to McKendree with Jordan Richard pacing the team with a 256. The team bounced back with wins over Vanderbilt (1,042-976) and Nebraska (1,033-1,018) in its third and fourth matches of the day. A-State ended the day with a 974-928 loss to Stephen F. Austin to finish 2-3 on the day.
“We didn’t bowl bad today, we just didn’t have as good a ball reaction as I thought we should have,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “We learned a lot from today and saw how the different pairs were playing so it’s something we will keep in mind tomorrow as we try to get a better seed and line ourselves up for the bracket.”
Scott-Jones ended the day as the team’s leading bowler with a 208.2 average to rank 11th in the individual standings, while Richard was 13th with a 206.8 average.
The competition continues Friday morning with two more matches of the qualifying round. 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 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 3½ a piece after seven games will be decided by a tiebreaker using the Modified Baker format.
All of the action prior to the championship final is being streamed online at NCAA.com with the final set to be aired on ESPNU April 15 at 5:30 p.m.