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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

LADY BULLDOGS BOWLING CAPTURES CIAA NORTHERN DIVISION TITLE


 FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Bowie State University women’s bowling team captured the CIAA Northern Division Championship on Sunday (3/17) afternoon after finishing the Northern Divisional Meet III with a 4-1 record in Baker matches. The Lady Bulldogs edged Elizabeth City State 12,642 to 12,122 in total pins to earn the North crown. Bowie State will represent the Northern Division as the No. 1 seed in next week’s CIAA Bowling Championship. Sophomore Shayla Lightfoot (Henrico, Va.) paced all bowlers with a 210.10 average during the three-day event. 

Bowie State began the final day of competition with a setback to Lincoln University of Pennsylvania before rolling off four straight Baker Match victories. Following the Lady Bulldogs 626-579 loss to the Lady Lions, BSU went on to defeat Elizabeth City State (719-689), Chowan (756-459), Virginia Union (805-800) and Virginia State (832-781). The Lady Bulldogs finished the weekend with a 10-5 overall division record and tallied 12,642 total pins; including 8,935 in match play and 3,707 in Baker matches.

BSU opened the event on Friday (3/15) with an 892-862 loss to Virginia State, but responded with back-to-back wins over Virginia Union (877-705) and Chowan (972-633). Elizabeth City State edged Bowie State 821-817 in the fourth match of the day for the Lady Bulldogs. Bowie State regrouped and pounded Lincoln (Pa.) 959-791.

The Lady Bulldogs started day two of competition dismantling the Chowan Hawks 895-551. Virginia Union’s Lady Panthers came up on the short end in match eight, losing 943-820. The Virginia State Lady Trojans tripped up the Lady Bulldogs 933-911, but BSU answered with an 853-737 victory over Lincoln (Pa.). Bowie State suffered a tough 879-846 decision to Elizabeth City State to close out Saturday’s match play.

Freshman Briana Evans (Bowie, Md.) was the second-highest bowler for Bowie State with a 187.40 average and was followed by freshman Keyandra Bankston (Ft. Belvoir, Va.) with a 175.90 average. Sophomore Ambrianna Bankston (Ft. Belvoir, Va.) recorded a 175.70 average while junior Demetria Venable (Temple Hills, Md.) contributed a 144.40 average.

The 2013 CIAA Bowling Championship will be held Mar. 23-25 at the AMF Durham Lanes in Durham, N.C. 

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