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Bearkat women's bowling team takes first in Maryland

Sports Editor

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Updated: Monday, January 21, 2013 23:01

The number four-ranked Sam Houston State women’s bowling team took first place at the Frederick Underwood Classic in Laurel, Maryland this weekend. The tournament was held at the AMF Laurel Bowling Center and was hosted by Bowie State University.

The finals on Sunday consisted of a best-of-seven bracket. The Bearkats defeated No. 19 Bethune-Cookmen 4-3, Chowan 4-0 and North Carolina A&T 4-0 to take first place in the tournament.

Sam Houston State completed the tournament with a record of 11-2, losing by only a total of 35 points in their two losses.

On Friday, the Bearkats started with a 900-781 win over Alabama-Birmingham. The women of Sam Houston then defeated Coppin State 850-500 and Salem International 740-535 before falling to host Bowie State 770-762.

The Kats continued to dominate on Saturday. They defeated Howard 1,046-882, Lincoln University 898-637, Chowan 1,019-688 and Virginia Union 1,011-755. They were handed their second loss of the weekend from North Carolina Central 970-943.

“Today was an important day for us not only from a competitive stand point but more mental,” head coach Brad Hagen said to Gobearkats.com. “We need to make shots, manage the emotions, and gear down. Everyone had a piece of today’s success, and despite a few silly losses a lot of good came out of this weekend.”

In dual match play this season, Sam Houston holds a 63-19 record.

The Bearkats have competed in seven tournaments since the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester and will contend in four more this semester.

The next tournament the Bearkats will be competing in is the Southern Classic, held in Arlington. For more information on the Sam Houston bowling team, including statistics and schedule, visit Gobearkats.com.

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