INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Women’s Bowling Committee has announced the 10 teams vying for the 2018 National Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship and three teams are from HBCUs.
Six conference teams including N.C. A&T, Bowie State and Texas Southern, have been granted automatic qualification, with the remaining teams being selected at-large. Four teams will compete in opening-round matches to finalize the eight-team bracket.
The opening round matches will take place April 6, which will include Lincoln Memorial hosting Texas Southern and Saint Francis (Pennsylvania) hosting Bowie State. The championship matches will be played April 12-14 at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis, Missouri. The University of Central Missouri and the St. Louis Sports Commission are the hosts.
The seeded field includes the following teams:
1. University of Nebraska, Lincoln
2. McKendree University
3. Arkansas State University
4. Vanderbilt University
5. Sam Houston State University
6. North Carolina A&T State University
7. Saint Francis University (Pennsylvania)
8. Lincoln Memorial University
9. Bowie State University
10. Texas Southern University
Teams will be seeded and placed into the bracket, with two spots being determined after the completion of the opening-round matches. The championship bracket will use a double-elimination format, with each round consisting of a best-of-three match that includes the use of three team game formats- baker total pin fall, five-person team match and a best-of-seven baker match play. The champion will be determined using a best-of-seven baker match play.
McKendree University won its first National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship in 2017 at Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana defeating the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
The championship final will air at 6:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 14 on ESPNU and at 7 p.m. ET, Sunday, April 15 on ESPN2.