CLAYTON, Mo. (April 12, 2018) – North Carolina A&T bowling coach Kim Terrell-Kearney and her group of six bowlers participating in the NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship for the first time faced an Arkansas State program bowling in its 11th consecutive tournament.
The Red Wolves used their three senior leaders in Jadee Scott-Jones and Haley and Jordan Richard to down the Aggies 2-0 in a mega-match series at Tropicana Lanes and will advance in the winner’s bracket to face defending national champion McKendree. The Aggies dropped to the elimination bracket and will face St. Francis (Pa.) at 3 p.m., CST.
N.C. A&T and Arkansas State opened the morning session at Tropicana Lanes playing in a traditional format where each bowler in the lineup plays 10 frames. The cumulative score from each bowler is combined to comprise the final score. The second game of the mega match is played in Bakers format for five games. Each bowler bowls two frames and those scores are combined for the final tally. The anchor bowler gets to “strike out” in each format. If a third match is necessary, then the two teams face each other in a best of seven Bakers match.
The Red Wolves defeated the Aggies 1,112-929 in traditional play before beating the Aggies 1,133-886 in Bakers.
Senior Brianna Boze was terrific for the Aggies in traditional play. She came close to eclipsing her career high by bowling a 254 that included six strikes. Boze recorded strikes in frames 2-6 and did not have an open frame in the game. She was three pins shy of reaching her career best which was a 256 at the Brunswick Bearcat Open on Oct. 28, 2017.
Sophomore Tyra Merritt also bowled well finishing with a 194. She left only one frame open and bowled strikes in the third, fifth, sixth, ninth and 10th frames. But the Red Wolves start was too good in the morning session. They opened the tournament by posting strikes on 14 of their first 20 frames to jump out to the lead.
Jordan Richard, the two-time National Tenpin Coaches Association player of the year, posted eight strikes to give the Red Wolves a boost from the anchor position.
In Bakers play, the Aggies looked as if they had recovered from the traditional play loss. The Aggies took down the Red Wolves 203-201 behind two strikes and a spare from freshman Cameron Strombeck. But unfortunately, ASU got hot again. They closed Game 2 with five straight strikes to down the Aggies 224-189. ASU closed Game 4 with four straight strikes to win 203-181. With momentum in their favor, ASU left no open frames in Game 4 or 5 to win 217-152 and 288-161.
Merritt was strong in Bakers play bowling four strikes and four spares over five games. Strombeck was strong as the
N.C. A&T, who consists of three freshmen, three sophomores