Midlothian, VA – The #10 SHU women's bowling team continued to make its case as one of the top teams in the nation, taking second last weekend at the Jeannette Lee Invitational last hosted by Virginia Union University. Jacqueline Willy (Clarence, NY) finished fifth in the field with a 202 average to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. The Pioneers also picked up their first win of the year over national #1 and Northeast Conference rival, Fairleigh Dickinson.
Sacred Heart (37-9) started off the weekend a perfect 4-0 in the opening day's four game baker format. The Pioneers won every match by at least 130 pins, defeating St. Augustine, Virginia State, Bowie State, and Chowan. SHU continued its dominance in the first two matches of the traditional team games with convincing triumphs over Elizabeth City State and host Virginia Union.
The Pioneers bowled its best two games of the afternoon against #1 FDU and #3 Central Missouri but ran into equally hot squads. The Knights squeezed past SHU in a tight 1043-1027 decision. UCM posted an even bigger game in a 1051-1003 verdict that sent the Pioneers to its first multi-loss day of the season. However, Sacred Heart was able to rebound in the final match of day two by picking up a 48 pin victory over #12 Adelphi.
The final day of the event concluded the round-robin baker games as the Pioneers cruised past Cheyney, 818-602.
Sacred drew the #1 Knights in the best of seven baker game bracket and dispatched FDU from the event with a 4-2 win. The two sides were even at two games each and SHU claimed the final two games, 179-168 and 228-146, to pick up another win over a top tier team.
The championship match came down to a decisive game seven between the Pioneers and #3 Central Missouri. Sacred Heart led throughout the middle stages but the Jennies made a late comeback and a double by their anchor in the tenth sealed the match.
The SHU women's bowling team finishes the first semester with a 80.4 percent winning percentage, tied for best in the nation among teams competing out of conference.
The Pioneers should be a team on the rise when the newest NTCA Coaches' poll is released in the upcoming weeks.
Sacred Heart kicks off the second semester January 20 at the Frederick E. Underwood Lady Bulldog Classic