READING, Pa. (1/20/18) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team tallied its second straight 4-1 record, but fell to fifth place in the 27-team field after Saturday’s competition in the Kutztown Invitational being held at Hiester Lanes in Reading, Pa.
The Red Wolves (44-18) began the day by squeaking by No. 6 Delaware State 960-959 with a 204 by Haley Richard leading the way. A-State exploded for a total pinfall of 1,156 against an 894 score by Franklin Pierce University as Jadee Scott-Jones rolled a phenomenal 298, while Jordan Richard and Julia Huren chipped in with scores of 239 and 222, respectively.
A-State carried the momentum in its next match with a 1,021-837 victory over host Kutztown as Jordan Richard bowled a 224 for the high mark in the contest. The team defeated No. 12 Sacred Heart 1,016-996 behind a 225 from Taylor Davis to move into second place. However, Arkansas State stumbled in its final match of the day with a 907-863 setback to No. 10 Fairleigh Dickinson to fall to fifth place in the standings.
“We have to get better because right now, we’re not where we need to be,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “We were in second place, a great position, heading into the last match and didn’t perform when we needed to. I’m disappointed in that because we had a pretty good day otherwise.”
Arkansas State totaled 10,224 pins in the first two days of the event to stand fifth. McKendree leads the field with a total pinfall of 10,902, while Vanderbilt (10,309), Tulane (10,258), and Sam Houston State (10,254) follow. McKendree and Vandy are both 9-1, while A-State and Stephen F. Austin are both 8-2.
Scott-Jones led the Red Wolves in the individual standings with 1,074 total pins (214.80 per match average) to rank 13th, while Jordan Richard was 19th with a 1,060 total pinfall (212 per match).
Bracket play in the KU Invitational gets underway Sunday morning at 7:25 a.m. (CT). A-State will take on Delaware State in its first match.
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.