Limerick, Pa. (January 18, 2019) – The #19 nationally ranked Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team is 3-2 after day one of the Kutztown Invitational at Limerick Bowl in Limerick, Pa. The stacked event features 20 of the top-25 ranked teams in the NTCA Coaches poll. The Mountaineers currently sit in 20th place.
The Mount picked up wins over Howard, #12 nationally ranked Wisconsin Whitewater, and #22 nationally ranked Maryville. The two losses came at the hands of #4 Arkansas State and #6 Tulane, both of which rolled their best sets of the day against the Mount. Freshman Rebecca Dodson led the way with a 22.02 baker frame average. Freshmen Danielle Milo and Ashley Santos also contributed nicely with an 18.49 and 18.33 baker frame average, respectively.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 887
The Mount opened up the second semester of competition with a low-scoring 887-839 win over Howard. The victory was aided with a 214 second game and 201 fourth game. Dodson struck in her first five frames to help build the comfortable lead.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 834
#4 Arkansas State: 1,115
The #4 ranked team in the nation played like it against the Mountaineers, as the Red Wolves of Arkansas State tossed their daily best 1,115 against the Mount. The Mount fell behind early and was never able to rebound from the big deficit.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 951
#6 Tulane: 1,076
Despite picking up their scoring the pace, the Mount fell to 1-2 on the day after another top-10 nationally ranked team saved their best for Mount St. Mary's. This time, the 1,076 total from the Green Wave of Tulane was too much to keep up with for the Mountaineers.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 946
#12 Wisconsin-Whitewater: 933
In what seemed like an impossible comeback, the Mountaineers managed to throw the last six strikes in the fifth game for a narrow 13-pin win over the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for their first ranked victory of 2019. The Mount turned an 81 in the sixth frame into a 201 with the final six strikes and UWW could not keep up with the torrid pace.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 1,000
#22 Maryville: 970
Down 98-pins after scores of 223-180 and 223-170 in favor of the Saints, Mount St. Mary's were able to trim the deficit down to 8-pins heading into the final game. In the final game, the Mount rolled a clean 237 to complete the huge comeback and defeat Maryville by a final score of 1,000-970.
With the 3-2 performance, the Mountaineers have improved their season record to 41-14 heading into Saturday's traditional format.
"I thought in the first two matches our shot execution was not good, and when that happens it is hard to adjust to the lane pattern because when you finally throw a good shot the transition is ahead of you and not vice-versa," said head coach Kenneth DeGraaf.
"In the Tulane match, our shot execution really improved. As a result, we were able to make better adjustments and head into tomorrow with a better idea of how we want to tackle the transition. Momentum is on our side with the two big comeback victories to conclude today. We were two bad shots away from being 1-4, but our improvement in pressure shot making is what has us at 3-2 instead."
Competition will resume tomorrow at 9:30 AM ET. The Mount will play #11 North Carolina A&T, LIU-Post, #5 Sam Houston State, Medaille and Youngstown State. The matches will be streamed live from the teams Facebook page.