CHESAPEAKE, Va. – The Bowie State University bowling team opened the 2015-16 season in the Hampton Roads Collegiate Invitational this past Friday and Saturday at the AMF Lanes Chesapeake and came away with an impressive 6-3 record and fourth place finish.
The Lady Bulldogs won five of six head-to-head matches and one of their three Baker matches.
Norfolk State claimed the top spot followed by Morgan State in second, Virginia State was third and Bowie State claimed fourth place overall. Hampton finished fifth followed by Coppin State in sixth and Saint Peters rounded out the field in seventh.
Junior Ashley Wade (Richmond, Va.) had the team's best total pinfall (1,084) and average (180.6) for the weekend, as she helped Bowie State win head-to-head matches over Hampton, Coppin State, Morgan State and Saint Peters. Her average was the fourth-best overall for the weekend.
Wade’s best score of a 214 came against Hampton. She also had a 197 against Morgan State, a 190 against Saint Peter's and was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Freshman Diamond Carter (Buffalo, N.Y.) averaged 173.7 for the weekend, totaling 1,042 pins in six matches. She bowled a weekend-best 196 against Norfolk State.
Senior Keyandra Bankston (Fort Belvoir, Va.) averaged 161.2 in six matches over the weekend, totaling 967 pins.
Sophomore Sierra Davis (Dayton, Ohio) ranked fourth on the team in pin count (805) with a high-game of 198 versus Virginia State early Sunday morning. Fellow sophomore Makyra Bankston (Fort Belvoir, Va.) averaged 157.2 over five matches with a high-game of 179 against Coppin State.
Redshirt freshman Shannon Weaver (Fort Washington, Md.) rounded out Bowie State’s participants, competing in two matches, averaging 197.0.
The Lady Bulldogs defeated Hampton (827-792) and Coppin State (818-668) in head-to-head, before losing to Norfolk State (871-834). Following the setback to Norfolk State, Bowie State rebounded to defeat Morgan State (789-783) and Saint Peters (837-772).
In a rematch of last season’s CIAA Championship finalist, Bowie State defeated conference foe Virginia State (810-746) to close out the Lady Bulldogs’ head-to-head competition.
In Baker play, the Lady Bulldogs edged Saint Peters 4-3 but came up on the short end in their final two matches, falling 4-1 to Morgan State and 4-3 to Virginia State.
Conference play will start on Nov. 11-13, when the Lady Bulldogs compete in the CIAA North/South Event #1 hosted by Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, N.C.