Jan. 15, 2009
RUSTON -- After having the previous five weeks off from competition, the Louisiana Tech women's bowling team will travel to Cabot, Ark. for the NCAA Women's Mid-Winter Invitational hosted by Arkansas State this weekend.
Twenty-two schools are scheduled participate in traditional and Baker format in the three day tournament. The Lady Techsters hope to improve on their 18-14 single match record when they participate in traditional-style play Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, Tech will partake in Baker format.
"I am looking forward to our team competing this weekend, Tech head coach Shawn Jackson said. "We have been off for a while, but I am excited about the possibility of capitalizing on how we played in the Capital City Classic.
Tech finished the Capital City Classic in Jackson, Miss. in seventh place with a 6-7 record, however the team registered two of the biggest victories in the program's young history. They defeated No. 3 Nebraska-Lincoln by a score of 699-649 and edged No. 5 Arkansas State by a score of 679-677. Both wins came in Baker format.
Coach Jackson and Co. could face some stiff competition when they arrive in Cabot. Eleven of the 22 teams are currently ranked in the Top-20 with seven teams in the Top-10 according to the National Tenpins Coaches Association's December poll. The nation's new No. 1, Vanderbilt, will be in attendance. Nebraska-Lincoln (No. 2), Delaware State (No. 4) and Maryland Eastern (No. 5) round out the Top-5 teams the Lady Techsters could face.
After 32 games, Tech has knocked down a total of 27,458 pins for an average of 858 pins a game. Junior Stephanie Hinz is currently leading the team with an average of 181 pins a game.