FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (10/27/17) – The third-ranked Arkansas State women’s bowling team opened the 2017-18 season with a 4-1 record on the first day of the Brunswick Bearcat Open being hosted by McKendree at St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights, Ill.

A-State opened with a rough 963-769 loss to No. 8 Fairleigh Dickinson, but bounced back to defeat No. 19 UAB 943-900 in its second match. The Red Wolves kept the momentum with a victory over No.11 Wisconsin-Whitewater 967-803 before posting their highest pinfall of the day in a 1,039-816 triumph over Drury. Arkansas State finished the day with an exciting 1,022-1,010 come-from-behind win over Saint Francis University which saw the Red Wolves strike out in the final three frames.

Arkansas State ranks ninth in total pinfall despite the solid 4-1 mark with 4,740 pins to sit behind the 7,764 pins knocked down by the Red Flash of Saint Francis University. Nebraska leads the stacked field featuring 16 ranked squads with 5,010 total pins, while Stephen F. Austin is second with a total of 4,995 pins. Host McKendree is third with 4,956 total pins, while Sam Houston State (4,853 pins) and Vanderbilt (4,823 pins) rounded out the top five.

SFA, McKendree, Sam Houston State, and the Commodores all sport a 5-0 record after the first day.

The second day of competition gets underway Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. with five traditional team matches on the slate. A-State is scheduled to face Aurora University, Monmouth, Prairie View A&M, Stephen F. Austin, and McKendree tomorrow.

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.