NCAA Bowling

A-State Tops Youngstown State, Plays for National Title Tonight on ESPNU

A-State Tops Youngstown State, Plays for National Title Tonight on ESPNU

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (4/13/24) – The second-seeded Arkansas State women’s bowling team topped third-seeded Youngstown State 2-0 Saturday morning secured a spot in the National Collegiate Bowling Championship match for the third time in the last four seasons.

A-State meets top-seeded Jacksonville State tonight at 8 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU. The national championship match-up is a winner-take-all, Baker best-of-seven match.

The Red Wolves overcame a slow start in the traditional round and strung together strikes late for a 964-851 advantage. A-State faced a 69-pin deficit after the sixth frame, but rolled 13 strikes heading to the 10th frame to take the lead late. Brooklyn Buchanan paced A-State with a score of 217 while Malaya Chavez added 213 pins. Karli VanDuinen rolled 191 and Emma Stull added 172. Maggie Thoma closed out the third-spot in the match for A-State and finished with a score of 171.

A-State carried the momentum into the Baker 5-game total pinfall posting back-to-back games of 230-plus pins to hold a commanding 81-pin advantage after two games. The Red Wolves took game one 236-180 and game two added 15 more pins, 268-243. A-State rolled 200 pins once again in game three, 218-162 to lead by 137, 722-585 after three. Youngstown State took game four 205-199, but the Red Wolves used the 131-pin advantage to close out the match with a 1,112-1,002 advantage.

The Red Wolves bowl in the national championship for the second consecutive season and third time in last four seasons. A-State was runner-up in 2021 and 2023 and also finished runner-up in 2008.

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