LAUREL, Md. – The Bowie State University bowling team finished tied for fifth with a 3-6 overall record during its own three-day Fred and Edwina Underwood Lady Bulldogs Classic this weekend (1/15-17) at the AMF Laure Lanes. A total of eight teams competed at the classic.
Fairleigh Dickinson University placed first overall with 9,850 pins followed by Howard University in 2nd with 8,660 pins and St. Francis College (9,265 pins) along with Norfolk State University (8,436 pins) tied for 3rd place. Hampton University (7,288 pins) tied Bowie State for fifth while Virginia State University finished 7th overall (8,065 pins). Virginia Union University placed 8th overall (6,487 pins) to round out the field.
The Lady Bulldogs ended day one in fifth place with a 2-3 record and baker match pin count of 3,942. Bowie State was defeated 945-795 by Howard University in the opening match and was edged 830-816 by CIAA conference foe Virginia State in the teams’ second match of the day.
Bowie State tasted victory in their next two baker matches, topping Hampton 755-724 and bowled over Virginia Union by a pin count of 865-595. The Lady Bulldogs dropped their final match on Friday with St. Francis beating Bowie State 800-711.
Norfolk State University beat Bowie State 944-883 to begin day two (match play) for the Lady Bulldogs. Fairleigh Dickinson cruised to a 924-779 decision over Bowie State but the Lady Bulldogs edged Howard 881-835 in Saturday’s match three. Bowie State dropped their last two matches on Saturday afternoon, falling to Virginia State 955-877 and Hampton 798-787.
Bowie State recorded a 1-2 record in Sunday’s baker matches. Norfolk State defeated the Lady Bulldogs 728-606 but Bowie State beat Virginia Union 669-523 in the teams’ second match of the final day. St. Francis knocked off Bowie State 1,118 to 995 to close out the weekend.
Freshman Diamond Carter (Buffalo, N.Y.) was Bowie State’s top bowler with 1,017 total match play pins, which included a team-best game of 234. Redshirt sophomore Sierra Davis (Dayton, Ohio) and senior Keyandra Bankston (Ft. Belvoir, Va.) ranked second and third respectively with a total pin count of 904 and 833. Junior Ashley Wade (Richmond, Va.) tallied 566 total pins and freshman Shannon Weaver recorded 327 total pins. Sophomore Makyra Bankston (Ft. Belvoir, Md.) accounted for 279 total pins while sophomore Chantel Farlow (Columbia, Md.) rounded out Bowie State’s participants with 281 total pins.
Bowie State’s Carter was named to the All-Classic team along with Nicolette Sarin and Morgan Brown (Fairleigh Dickinson), Briana Gardner (Norfolk State), Emma Catone and Katie Nardiello (St. Francis).
The Lady Bulldogs return to the lanes the weekend of January 22-24 to compete in the CIAA North/South Event #2 hosted by Chowan University.