Aggies Finish Strong At Stormin Ladyjack Classic
HOUSTON, Texas (February 12, 2017) – North Carolina A&T made vast improvement over the weekend at the Stormin Ladyjack Classic hosted by Stephen F. Austin to go from placing 20th after the first day to finishing 13th by the end of the tournament held at Copperfield Bowling Alley.
After going 1-3 on Friday, the Aggies, ranked 18th in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association poll, finished the tournament 7-5. The Aggies are 72-64 on the season for their fourth straight 70-win season. The Aggies had a total pin fall of 12,900 with an average of 189.7.
Junior Kristin Shinn had another impressive tournament. She had a total pin fall of 1,039 over five traditional team games to average 207 for the weekend. Shinn finished 13th individually followed by senior MacKenzie Robinson who finished 27th with a 200.06 average and a 1,003 total pin fall over five games. Brianna Boze also hit the 1,000 total pin fall mark with a 1,001 total pin fall showing to average 200.60 as she finished 29th.
Once the Aggies got into traditional team play, they were fantastic on Saturday. They went 4-1 with wins over nationally-ranked programs such as No. 19 Prairie View A&M, No. 4 Sam Houston State and No. 2 Arkansas State.
“We had a rough first day,” said N.C. A&T coach Kim Terrell-Kearney. “I think for the first time this season, we stepped up and conquered the nerves to win some big matches on Saturday and Sunday. I’m prouder and prouder of this team every weekend.”
N.C. A&T opened Saturday with a tough match as they outlasted Prairie View A&M 933-910. Freshman Mia Pope led the Aggies with 224 total pin fall followed by a 189 from Shinn and a 186 from Boze. The Aggies had an easier time with Texas Southern as freshman Tyra Merritt came through for the Aggies with a 204 in a 933-838 win. There was also a great showing against SHSU as the lethal combination of Robinson (238) and Shinn (232) were dominant in a 979-906.
The only loss on Saturday came at the hands of the No. 1 team in the nation, Nebraska. All five of the Cornhuskers bowlers bowled better than a 200 pin fall in the match to defeat the Aggies 1,176-937. N.C. A&T found its fire in their next match against the second-best team in the nation, Arkansas State. The Aggies got a 259 from Boze, a 250 from Robinson and a 226 from Shinn to knock off the Red Wolves 1,072-1,047.
Tournament play started Sunday with the Aggies seeded 13th. They opened the day against 24th-ranked Youngstown State in a best of seven Baker format match. The Aggies won the first two games before YSU won the best of seven 4-3. The Aggies won all four games against Tulane, the 13th-ranked team in the nation as Shinn (213), Boze (210), Pope (210) and Robinson (204) had great showings as the Aggies had an average pin fall of 209.3. The Aggies closed the tournament by avenging their earlier loss to Youngstown by winning in seven games with an average of 185.9.
The Aggies return to conference play in two weeks in Daytona Beach, Fla., for their third MEAC Southern Division Meet. They will try to improve on their 9-3 MEAC record on Feb. 25-26. They have a slight lead over Norfolk State in the MEAC Southern Division.