Lady Techsters Finish 13th in Invitational

Jan. 20, 2009

CABOT, Ark. -- The Louisiana Tech women's bowling team finished in 13th place at the NCAA Women's Mid-Winter Invitational hosted by Arkansas State in Cabot, Ark. this past weekend.

The Lady Techsters won three games and lost 12 at the tournament. One of their victories came against Alabama State and two were against Bethune-Cookman.

"We bowled inconsistently this weekend," Tech head coach Shawn Jackson said. "We need to learn how to be consistent especially against the better teams we face.

"From a competition standpoint, this was the best tournament we have participated in thus far. With saying that, this was a good learning experience for our team. We saw first-hand what it takes to be a Top 12 program."

Tech opened the invitational Friday and played their first five games in Baker format. After falling to Minnesota State 870-772 in game one, the Lady Techsters rallied with an 864-685 victory over Alabama State.

In Tech's next two games against Fontbonne and Morgan State, the team lost by a total of only 11 pins, however they finished the day on a high note with an 849-813 win against Bethune-Cookman.

On Saturday, all five games Tech played were based on individual play and all five teams were nationally ranked. Three of the teams were ranked in the Top 5 according to the National Tenpins Coaches Association's December poll, including No. 1 Vanderbilt, No. 4 and eventual tournament champion Delaware State and No. 5 Maryland Eastern Shore.

In the first game versus Delaware State, the Lady Techsters were neck and neck with the Hornets until the 10th frame. Tech eventually lost 961-907.

The closest game of the day was against Alabama A&M. Sophomore Morgan Thompson led the team with a score of 201, but the Bulldogs defeated Tech by a score of 862-830.

Junior Stephanie Hinz led the team with an average score of 181 in individual play, while freshman Houston Granger earned Tech's highest score of the day when she bowled 211 against Delaware State.



On Sunday, in Baker format, Tech fell by one pin to Grambling State, 620-619. In the final match of the day and the tournament, the women defeated Bethune-Cookman one more time by a score of 661-562.

A total of 20 teams participated in the three day invitational that concluded Sunday. Of the 20 teams, 11 were ranked in Top 20 according to the latest poll.

Tech will return to action as they will host the Tech Invitational Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Lambright Intramural Center on the LA Tech campus.


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