Feb. 6, 2012
RUSTON - The Lady Techsters (29-34) finished the Prairie View A&M Invitational in 12th-place Sunday afternoon after defeating top-ranked Valparaiso in the first round of match play.
LA Tech entered Sunday's bracket play seeded tenth on a total pin count of 8,115 pins through the first two days of action. The Lady Techsters defeated the number-one ranked Crusaders 4-1 in the best-of-seven series and drew Jackson St. in the second round.
Tech led 3-1 before the Lady Tigers mounted one of the biggest comebacks in the tournament to defeat the Lady Techsters 4-3. With the loss, LA Tech fell to the 11th-place match against Texas Southern, a team Tech defeated in day one 747-670, in the final round.
TSU defeated Tech in four games to finish 11th while the Lady Techsters fell to last place with a 2-11 record throughout the tournament.
Coach Shawn Jackson was frustrated with the inconsistency throughout the tournament.
"We started this tournament off bowling like a top-10 team," said Jackson. "When we let (eighth-ranked) Nebraska come back and defeat us in a roll-off in the first match-up on day two, everything snowballed from there. We were never able to recover and never bowled a complete game."
Tech returns to action on Mar. 16 when they travel to Tennessee to play in the Columbia 300 Music City Classic.