BATON ROUGE, La. (4/11/17) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team departed Jonesboro at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning and arrived in Baton Rouge, La., around 4:30 p.m. as the Red Wolves are set to begin preparations for the NCAA Tournament.

A-State, who enters the event with an 82-32 record, was able to bus to Baton Rouge. The team stopped in Madison, Miss., for lunch around noon before making the rest of the trip to the team hotel in downtown Baton Rouge.

The Red Wolves went to a team dinner before coming back to the hotel to rest in advance of Wednesday’s practice session from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Competition begins Thursday 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. 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.   

Tulane University and the United States Bowling Congress will co-host the championship, which will be held April 13-15 at Raising Cane's River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Tickets can be purchased on prior to the championship. The championship final will air on ESPNU Saturday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

A-State won two tournaments this season with titles at the Warhawk Classic (Nov. 11-13) and Big Red Invitational (March 2-4) and hasn’t finished lower than fifth at any event this season. Additionally, A-State has had 13 all-tournament selections this season with Jordan Richard setting a new school record with seven and tying another school record with four MVP awards. Most recently, she was named to the Southland Bowling League All-Tournament team.

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.