KENOSHA, Wis. (11/12/16) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team climbed to first place at the Warhawk Classic, being hosted by Wisconsin-Whitewater at Sheridan Lanes in Kenosha, Wis., with a total pinfall of 10,643 along with accumulating a 4-1 record Saturday.

A-State (27-8) suffered a 1,102-1,082 setback to No. 5 McKendree with Jordan Richard posting a 258 to pace the team. The Red Wolves got back on the winning track with a 1,035-933 decision over No. 14 Sacred Heart with Haley Richard leading the squad with a 230. Arkansas State posted its highest score of the day with a 1,133 to counter No. 19 Adelphi’s 984. Haley Richard bowled a 245 to lead the team, while Jordan Richard (244) and Samantha Wallace (224) also rolled high scores.

Play continued with the Red Wolves topping No. 13 Long Island University-Brooklyn by a score of 1,107-1,002 with Wallace bowling a 257 to help the team to the win.  A-State finished its day with a 1,099-809 drubbing of Aurora University. Jordan Richard led the team with a 235 in its final match, while Brooke Wood added a 226.

“Bowling today is somewhat of an environment of who you follow game-to-game on the lanes,” Arkansas State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “Today who we followed was much better so each pair of lanes transitioned in a way that was easy to make adjustments. We definitely made the improvements I was looking for over yesterday.”

Jordan Richard finished second in the individual standings with a total pinfall of 1,145 (229 per game average), while her sister Haley Richard was fourth with 1,131 pins (226.20 per game). Wallace just narrowly missed the all-tournament team with a pinfall of 1,112 (222.40 per game) to place sixth. Wood finished ninth with a total pinfall of 1,088 (217.60 per game). Jadee Scott-Jones rounded out the A-State players with a 28th-place 980 (196 per game).

“I’m very proud of Jordan and Haley for making the all-tournament team,” continued Kostick. “Then Samantha and Brooke were just outside of it so it shows how deep this team is.”

A-State’s total pinfall of 5,456 on the day was the best in the field and put its total for the tournament at 10,643. McKendree was second with 10,379, while Nebraska is third with a total pinfall of 10,289. Vanderbilt is fourth with 9,973 pins, while Sacred Heart rounds out the top five with a score of 9,775.

The competition concludes with three best-of-seven Baker matches Sunday in the bracket-play tournament. Action gets underway at 8 a.m. and the Red Wolves will take on McKendree in their first match of the day.

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