LINCOLN, Neb. (3/3/17) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team registered four scores over 1,100 and two more over 1,200 as the team posted a 5-0 record and in first place of the Big Red Invitational being hosted by the University of Nebraska at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln.
A-State (68-28) began the day with a 1,135-852 victory over Lincoln (Mo.) University with Haley Richard (251) and Jordan Richard (241) rolling the top scores for the team. The Red Wolves stayed hot, very hot in fact, as the team bowled a 1,247 to top No. 25 Valparaiso’s 943 with Haley Richard and Jadee Scott-Jones registering high scores of 259. Jordan Richard posted a 258 in the match against the Crusaders, while Julia Huren (236) and Brooke Wood (235) rounded out the team’s lineup.
Arkansas State recorded a 1,021-881 win over Lincoln Memorial University in what would prove to be the lowest score of the day for the squad as Haley Richard led the team with a 224. However, A-State bowled a 1,213 to No. 13 Wisconsin-Whitewater’s 1,013 and showed there were no signs of slowing down. Jordan Richard posted a 258 to lead the team, while Scott-Jones and Wood both rolled a score of 257.
The Red Wolves faced a showdown with No. 1 McKendree in their final match of the day and A-State’s scorching scores on the lanes continued with a 1,196-1,048 over the Bearcats. Jordan Richard shot a 266 to lead the team, while Huren (248) and Scott-Jones (247) were second and third in the match.
“This is one of the best days I’ve ever experienced as a coach,” A-State head coach Justin Kostick said. “I knew today would be high scoring though because yesterday was, but I don’t know if you ever expect to do this well on a day. I’m proud of the team, especially our lineup today. There aren’t many events you go to that you have all five players in the top 10. Hopefully we can ride this momentum into tomorrow and finish strong.”
Arkansas State’s total pinfall of 10,226 is atop the leaderboard, while the host Cornhuskers are second with a total of 9,764 pins. McKendree is third with a 9,226 total pinfall, while the top five are rounded out by Wisconsin-Whitewater (9,057) and Central Missouri (8,601).
Jordan Richard leads the field with 1,234 pins, which comes out to a 246.80 per game average. Haley Richard was second with a total pinfall of 1,183 (236.60 per game), while Scott-Jones came in at fourth in the individual standings with 1,161 pins (232.20 per game). Wood checked in at sixth with a pinfall of 1,121 for a 224.20 per game average, while Huren was eighth with 1,113 total pins for a 222.60 per game mark.
Saturday’s final day of competition will begin at 8:25 a.m. and will feature two best-of-seven Baker format matches in the championship tournament format.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.