ARLINGTON, Texas (2/4/18) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team finished as the runner-up at the Prairie View A&M Invitational after falling to McKendree in the championship match Sunday at the International Research and Training Center in Arlington, Texas.

A-State began the day with a 1,148-1,023 win over Sam Houston State in the event’s final traditional team match to clinch the top seed in the bracket portion as Julia Huren bowled a 254 and Jordan Richard rolled a 248. The team turned around and faced the fourth-seeded Bearkats in its first best-of-seven Baker match and defeated SHSU 4-1 (217-248, 217-194, 205-178, 214-185, 191-181) to advance to the championship.

The Red Wolves defeated McKendree 235-215 in game one, but dropped a tough 216-211 game two. A-State won game three 204-166, but a narrow 210-202 loss in game four evened the match at 2-2. The Bearcats carried the momentum into games five and six with 231-185 and 259-204 victories to earn a 4-2 win and the tournament title.

Arkansas State (55-23), despite falling in the title match, knocked down the most pins in the tournament (11,508) and also posted the best record (10-3) out of the 12 teams, all of which are ranked in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association Poll.

“We had the highest total pinfall in the tournament and had the best record,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “However, we couldn’t win the title, which is disappointing obviously, but we had a really good weekend against an excellent field of teams. We’re heading in the right direction.”

Richard’s 248 in the final traditional team match against Sam Houston vaulted her to second in the individual standings with a total pinfall of 1,378 and a 229.67 per match average. The second-place finish gave the Tecumseh, Mich., native her third all-tournament honor of the season.

A-State returns to action Feb. 16-18 at the SFA Ladyjack Invitational in Houston, Texas.

Fans can keep up with the Arkansas State women’s bowling team by following the squad on Twitter (@AStateBowling) and by liking the Arkansas State Women’s Bowling page on Facebook.