LINCOLN, Neb. (3/5/23) – Entering positional round bracket play Sunday at 9-1, the Arkansas State women’s bowling team won both matches to finish the Big Red Invite at 11-1.
A-State (63-27) got past Quincy in the first match 4-3 and then defeated host Nebraska in the final match of the event. Nebraska won the event based upon the most total pinfall with the Red Wolves second.
Quincy topped A-State 176-164 in game one, but A-State gained a 2-1 lead with wins in game two, 218-189, and three, 223-166. Quincy won the next two games, 237-203 and 213-194, to lead 3-2. A-State pulled out a six-pin victory in game six, 208-202, to force a decisive game seven. The Red Wolves prevailed 212-167 in game seven to clinch the victory.
The Red Wolves took game one against Nebraska by 10 pins, 209-199, and then took a 2-0 advantage with a 210-195 total in game two. A-State rolled its highest game of the day in game three, 234, to build a 3-0 advantage before Nebraska answered with a 237-219 margin. The Red Wolves closed out the best-of-seven series with a 214-201 decision in game five.
Maggie Thoma was awarded Tournament MVP honors following the event. She led the field with a total of 1,157 pins, an average of 231.40. It marks the third different A-State individual to lead the overall individual standings in the last three events.
A-State closes out the regular season March 17-19 at the Music City Classic hosted by Vanderbilt ahead of the Southland Bowling League Championship March 24-26. For the latest on A-State bowling, follow the team on Twitter (@AStateBowling), Facebook (/AStateBowling) and Instagram (@redwolvesbowling).
Big Red Invite
Day 1 – Baker
A-State 1,131 Wisconsin-Whitewater 1,111
A-State 1,027 Central Missouri 923
A-State 1,037 Valparaiso 975
A-State 1,035 Quincy 987
A-State 1,087 Nebraska 1,065
Day 2 – Traditional
A-State 1,155 – Youngstown State 1,040
A-State 1,076 – Upper Iowa 976
A-State 990 – Lincoln Memorial 1,000
A-State 1,123 – Newman 1,049
A-State 1,072 – Valparaiso 1,041
1 Maggie Thoma 1,157 (231.40)
9 Karli VanDuinen 1,111 (222.20)
16 Brooklyn Buchanan 1,079 (215.80)
24 Faith Welch 1,037 (207.40)
25 Sarah Sanes 1,032 (206.40)
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