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Monday, March 16, 2015

Bowie State Bowling Captures CIAA Northern Division Crown

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - The Bowie State University bowling team competed in their final CIAA Event of the year March 13th-15th and the Lady Bulldogs finished the weekend conference Round-Up with an 11-1 record.  Bowie State finished in first place among the five CIAA Northern Division teams and captured the division title.  The Lady Bulldogs knocked down 12,480 pins over the course of competition.

Elizabeth City State University posted a 9-3 record, good for a second place finish followed by Virginia State University with a 6-6 mark and third place finish.  Virginia Union University matched the Chowan’s record of 2-10, but defeated Chowan in the total-pin tiebreaker with 10,413 pins.

The Lady Bulldogs turned in a 4-0 record on the opening day of play, defeating Chowan (780-774), Virginia State (829-791), Virginia Union (872-748) and Elizabeth City State (845-754).  On Saturday, Bowie State opened up with back-to-back wins, beating Virginia State (815-762) and Chowan (860-750). The Lady Bulldogs dropped a tough 870-840 decision to Elizabeth City State but bounced back to knock off Virginia Union 863-762.

During Sunday's Baker play, the Lady Bulldogs topped Chowan (756-626), Virginia State (790-773), Virginia Union (858-742) and Elizabeth City State (904-861) in the final round of play.

Senior Ambrianna Bankston (Ft. Belvoir, Va.) led the effort for the Lady Bulldogs individually.  She knocked down 1,736 total pins, averaging 173.60 per game over the weekend.  Redshirt freshman Sierra Davis (Dayton, Ohio) followed with 1,694 total pins and a 169.40 average and was honored the CIAA Newcomer with the highest average.  Junior Keyandra Bankston (Ft. Belvoir, Va.) tallied 1,673 total pins for the Lady Bulldogs followed by senior Shayla Lightfoot (Henrico, Va.) who totaled 1,405 pins (175.63 average) for Bowie State.

Junior Ashley Wade (Richmond, Va.) and freshman Makyra Bankston (Ft. Belvoir, Va.) also competed for Bowie State and knocking down 1,259 and 578 total pins respectively.

The Lady Bulldogs’ season record improves to 68-14 heading into the conference championships in March 20-22 at the AMF Western Branch Lanes in Chesapeake, Va. 

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