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A-State’s Conference USA Championship Run Comes to Close

A-State’s Conference USA Championship Run Comes to Close

HARAHAN, La. (3/24/24) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team run at the Conference USA Championship came to a close Sunday morning as No. 3 Youngstown State eliminated the Red Wolves 2-0 in the mega-match format.

Youngstown State took the 1-0 lead winning the traditional point by a pinfall count of 1,034-962. Maggie Thoma paced the Red Wolves with a game of 223 while Karli VanDuinen added 199. Malaya Chavez downed 185, Brooklyn Buchanan rolled 184 and Saralyne Nassberg totaled 171.

Facing a 1-0 deficit in the Baker 5-game total pinfall portion of the mega-match, A-State faced an early deficit. Youngstown State took game one by 42 pins, 245-203, and the Red Wolves trimmed off four pins, 193-189, in game two. The two teams tied in game three with a pinfall of 198, but Youngstown State extended its advantage to 45 pins with a 221-214 margin in game four.  The Penguins closed out the match in game winning 236-167 in game five.

A-State will host a NCAA selection show watch party Wednesday, March 27, at 3:00 p.m. at The Social in Jonesboro. The Red Wolves are poised for their 16th-straight appearance in the NCAA Bowling Championship. The NCAA Championship field will feature an 18-team double-elimination tournament with 10 automatic qualifiers and eight at-large bids. The 18 teams are split into four regions – two sites with four teams each, two sites with five teams each.

NCAA Regionals are April 4-6 in Rochester, N.Y., Pittsburgh, Pa., Lansing, Mich., or Arlington, Texas. The National Collegiate Bowling Championship is April 12-13 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

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