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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Lady Bulldogs Bowling Places Fourth at Virginia Union Invitational

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. - The Bowie State women's bowling team competed in the Virginia Union University Invitational over the course of the weekend, placing fourth out of 11 teams that participated in the Invitational at the Bowl America Lanes.

North Carolina A&T took home the team title, finishing with a 10-2 record and knocked down 8,397 pins to earn the first place finish. Sacred Heart was second (8,100), St. Francis finished third (7,611), Bowie State fourth (7,587) and North Carolina Central (7,285) rounded out the top five.

The Lady Bulldogs were one of six CIAA teams to participate in the Virginia Union Invitational.  Bowie State began Friday’s (11/22) action with and opening Baker’s match victory over North Carolina Central by a score of 723 to 572. BSU dropped its next to matches, falling to St. Francis by a score of 719 to 698 and Sacred Heart by a pin count of 774 to 724. The Lady Bulldogs cruised past New Jersey City by a score of 737 to 487 to competition on day one with a 2-2 record.

On day two, Bowie State began the day with back-to-back wins over Virginia Union (844 to 678) and St. Augustine’s (694 to 624). Winston-Salem State edged the Lady Bulldogs 782 to 779 and BSU dropped a 913 to 839 decision to North Carolina A&T. Just like day one, the Lady Bulldogs rebounded to defeat Virginia State 846 to 814 to close out Saturday’s competition.

The competitors returned to Baker System scoring on Sunday (11/24) with the Lady Bulldogs beating North Carolina Central for the second time, this time by a total pin count 638 to 535. Bowie State claimed victory for the second time in the weekend event over Virginia Union with a dominating pin count of 1006 to 871. St. Francis squeezed out a 862 to 807 win over the Lady Bulldogs to end the final day of competition.

Junior Shayla Lightfoot (Henrico, Va.) paced the Lady Bulldogs with a 165.6 average on the weekend after knocking down 828 pins.  Junior Ambrianna Bankston (Ft. Belvoir, Va.) totaled 810 pins over the course of the weekend, averaging 162.0 which included a team-high score of 215. Sophomore Keyandra Bankston (Ft. Belvoir, Va.) averaged 160.6 over five games with a total of 803 pins.

Newcomer Adrienne Tolson (Bowie, Md.) totaled 800 pins to contribute to the team's score, and averaged 160.0 while sophomore Ashley Wade (Richmond, Va.) knocked down 761 total pins and averaged 152.2.

Bowie State will take off from competition until 2014 when they host the Lady Bulldogs “Frederick Underwood Classic” - January 17th-19th at the AMF Laurel Lanes.

The complete list of team finishes and scores are listed below:

                                Team Match      Baker           Total   Event           Event
 SCHOOLS                        Total Pins      Total Pins      Pins    W/L Record      Place
1 NC A&T                         4673           3724            8397    10        2       1
2 Sacred Heart                   4385           3715            8100    11        1       2
3 St. Francis                    4191           3420            7611    10        2       3
4 Bowie State                    4002           3585            7587     7        5       4
5 North Carolina Central         4096           3189            7285     6        6       5
6 Virginia State                 3888           3107            6995     7        5       6
7 Winston-Salem State            3682           2791            6473     3        9       7
8 Virginia Union                 3382           2802            6184     4        8       8
9 St. Augustine’s                3157           2646            5803     5        7       9
10 Chowan                        2975           2334            5309     0       12      10
11 New Jersey City               2814           2171            4985     2       10      11

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