SFA Bowling Takes 6th Place In Nebraska
Jan. 21, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack bowling team, ranked 11th in the nation according to the inaugural NTCA Media Poll last week, finished sixth overall at the Big Red Invitational hosted by the University of Nebraska at Sun Valley Lanes.
The 12-team tournament featured a field that included eight, top-20 programs and five squads in the nation's top 10.
Overall the Ladyjacks (33-21) went 8-5 during the three day tournament that began on Thursday and had the sixth-best average of 195.20.
No. 8 Arkansas State, the tournament champion after defeating No. 9 Nebraska and No. 18 Wisconsin-Whitewater in best-of-seven bracket action Saturday, produced the event's top team average with a 208.18 mark.
No. 5 Central Missouri (second place) was closed behind with a 206.84 average followed by host Nebraska (third place) at 206.18 and Sam Houston State (fourth) with a 196.77 mean.
Thursday night in quad Baker action, the Ladyjacks started with a big win over No. 4 ranked Sam Houston State (863-810) before falling to No. 9 ranked Nebraska (856-813). The Ladyjacks then bounced back to take down unranked Alabama-Birmingham (699-643) but dropped the final two matches to No. 5 ranked Central Missouri (844-776) and No. 18 ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater (861-730).
Friday in traditional team match play, SFA opened with a win, defeating unranked Florida A&M (1,045-859). Following a 1,006-920 loss to No. 8 ranked Arkansas State, the Ladyjacks then defeated unranked Elmhurst (940-919) and No. 14 ranked Monmouth (969-916) before closing the day with a close 949-933 loss to unranked Bethune-Cookman.
Saturday, in best of seven Baker bracket play, the Ladyjacks defeated unranked Valparasio twice (1,083-1,011 and 1,012-939) while falling to Sam Houston State (1,156-1,124).
Chelsea King led the Ladyjacks Saturday, averaging 206.8 playing in all five matches. Nicole Parkhurst produced a 205.6 average, Whitney McCoy 194.4, Sierra Gibbons 189.5, Ashli Rosenkranz 178, Maureen Surkein 163, Amanda Boethel 182 and Dustie Hammond 151.
The Ladyjacks will next be in action Friday, Jan. 27 when they take part in the Kutztown Invitational from Reading, Pa.