ARLINGTON, Texas (2/3/18) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling squad, ranked third in the country, maintained its lead in the Prairie View A&M Invitational, being held at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, with another solid performance Saturday.
The Red Wolves (53-22) stumbled out of the gates with a 1,088-910 loss to No. 1 Nebraska, but rebounded with a thrilling 1,188-1,159 victory over No. 2 McKendree. All five players rolled scores of 200 or more with Leah Glazer posting a 279 to lead the way, while Jordan Richard (245), Jadee Scott-Jones (233), and Julia Huren (223) were next in line.
A-State kept the momentum rolling with a 1,014-993 win against No. 8 Maryland Eastern Shore, but couldn’t outshoot No. 10 Fairleigh Dickinson as the Knights bowled a 1,142 to Arkansas State’s 999. However, the team bounced back with a 1,045-1,013 victory versus No. 19 Louisiana Tech in its final match of the day. Haley Richard shot a 244 in the win over the Lady Techsters, while Glazer bowled a 236.
“I’m very happy with our position right now obviously,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “However, I feel like we can play better and I hope we can tomorrow because we need to get three more wins.”
The Red Wolves maintained their lead in the event with a total of 10,360 pins after knocking down 5,156 Saturday. Vanderbilt surged from fifth to second as the Commodores now own a total pinfall of 10,319. McKendree, despite a 4-6 record, is third with 10,230 total pins, while Sam Houston State (10,195) and Nebraska (10,116) round out the top five.
The team’s 8-2 mark through the first two days is the best in the field, while Sam Houston and FDU are both 7-3. Jordan Richard is ranked third in the individual standings with 1,130 (226 per match average), while A-State’s next highest is Glazer with a pinfall of 1,073 (214.60 per match) in 16th.
Sunday’s final day gets underway at 8:25 a.m. with one more traditional match before two best-of-seven Baker matches in tournament format.
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.