Addison, Illinois (March 10, 2019) – Over the course of 64 baker games, the Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team came within 42-pins of advancing to the Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC). The Mount finished fifth out of 19 teams, just missing the cut as the top four teams from each sectional advance to ITCs in Dayton, Ohio.
The Mount entered Sunday in fourth place by a 14-pin advantage. A rough Sunday morning session with four-game blocks of 680, 738, 753 and 793 dropped the Mountaineers to sixth place, 81 pins out of the cut.
The Mount rallied with an opening Sunday afternoon block of 886, which included games of 236, 211, 227 and 212. That set put the Mountaineers back in fourth place, and an 838 to follow pushed them into third. A rough 713, however, would drop the Mount back down to fifth place, 129 pins out of cut after Duquesne and St. Francis (Ill.) both had high 800s during the same set.
In the final set of the final block, the Mountaineers gained 87-pins on St. Francis (Ill.) with a 771, but it wasn't enough to overcome the 129-pin deficit. The Mount was the first team out of the advancing cut by a mere 42-pins, an average of just over half-a-pin per game.
Baker frame averages of 21.59 for freshman Rebecca Dodson and 20.25 for freshman Danielle Milo paced the Mountaineers. Freshmen Barbara Hawes and Tamera Stanton also contributed with baker frame averages of 19.75 and 18.29, respectively.
"Without a question, this one hurts," said Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "It was not for a lack of effort, but I really thought the Sunday morning block cost us. The sooner this team realizes we have the power to pull away instead of keeping things interesting, the sooner we will become an elite-level team. I am a firm believer that losing teaches valuable lessons that winning never could, and I am optimistic we will utilize these lessons at the Northeast Conference Championships in two weeks."
Despite the ITC season ending, the Mount's NCAA season is still very much alive. The Mount will resume competition on March 22-24 at the NEC Championships in Hamilton Township, New Jersey. The Mountaineers will be one of four teams with a chance to capture the conference crown, with the winner earning an automatic bid in the 12-team national championship bracket.