ARLINGTON, Texas – Prairie View A&M took the long road to the 2019 Southwestern Athletic Conference Women’s Bowling Tournament Championship with a pair of victories over Jackson State Sunday at the Bowling International Research and Training Center.
The victory is the first title for head coach Glenn White and the Lady Panthers since 2015. The win also earns Prairie View A&M a spot in a play-in match with a berth to the NCAA Bowling Championships on the line.
Alexes Burton was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Bowler.
Jackson State earned game one 154-145 as Capri Howard knocked down 27 of a possible 30 pins in the final frame to close it out for the Lady Tigers. The Lady Panthers rebounded with a flourish in game two, leaving no open frames through the first nine as they tied the match with a 194-140 game two win.
Prairie View A&M took a 2-1 lead after Crystal Cline took advantage of an open 10th frame by Jackson State to seal the game for the Lady Panthers 190-174. After the Lady Panthers took a 3-1 lead following a 202-169 win in game four, Jackson State regrouped, leaving no open frames in game five and winning 208-188.
Violet Kirk delivered a clutch strike in the ninth frame that propelled Jackson State to a match-tying 190-156 win in game six, but the Lady Tigers squandered open frames early in game seven as Prairie View A&M forced the winner-take-all second match with a 181-151 victory.
Prairie View A&M carried that momentum into the second matchup, winning game one 173-143 and starting strong in game two with three strikes and a spare. The Lady Panthers went on to win the game 204-187.
Jackson State surged to begin the third game, but midway through Prairie View A&M overtook the Lady Tigers as JSU left the fourth and fifth frames open. With JSU ahead 157-153, Cline posted solid counts on the 10th frame as the Lady Panthers won the turn 169-157 and took a 3-0 lead. Howard had a chance to extend the match, but an open final frame in game four sealed the title for the Lady Panthers.
The championship match will be broadcast on ESPNU at 9:30 p.m. on March 31.