SFA Closes Out Innagural Season
March 2, 2010
BESSEMER, Ala. - The Ladyjack bowling team closed out its inaugural season over the weekend on a winning note, picking up three wins on Sunday to go 6-4 at the Holiday Classic.
Each of SFA's four losses came to teams ranked in the nation's top 20.
Brandy Hensley led the Ladyjacks on the weekend with a 184 average in the two-day event.
"It's been a good start for the program this season," head coach Laura Cramer said. "I really feel as though we took a lot of strides in the right direction and did much better than most people had anticipated we would do."
SFA opened up the weekend on Saturday with five total-pin matches, but it took a few matches before they were able to crack the win column. Nationally-ranked Sacred Heart handed SFA a 931-831 loss to open up the tournament before Arkansas State finally picked up its first win of the season over the Ladyjacks, 931-791 in the second match of the day.
But SFA rallied to sandwich wins over Bethune-Cookman (832-766) and Mississippi Valley State (868-617) around a loss to Maryland-Eastern Shore (1,105-755) to close out the day.
The teams stayed in total-pin format for the first three matches of Sunday's play before transitioning to Baker games for the final two matches of the weekend. The Ladyjacks had another tough draw to start the day, but stayed pin for pin with Nebraska before the Huskers pulled away late to escape with a 870-832 win. Alabama A&M then snagged a 832-790 win one match later, but the Ladyjacks managed to post its highest score of the weekend in the next match against Grambling and pick up a 912-791 win.
SFA then closed out the weekend, and the season, with a pair of Baker games that saw them pick up wins over Bethune-Cookman (655-470) and Mississippi Valley State (675-569) once again.