Chesapeake, Va. – Bowie State University capped a dominant three-day run in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Bowling Championship with a conference title at the AMF Western Branch Lanes on Sunday, March 22, 2015 .
Bowie State defeated defending champion Virginia State University 4-1 in the finals to finish unbeaten in four bracket play matches. Virginia State needed two wins for its second straight crown, but Bowie State erased any thoughts of the tournament heading to a second game.
Led by Co-Most Valuable Bowlers Ambrianna Bankston and Shayla Lightfoot, Bowie State won the last three games in the championship match to earn its fifth CIAA title, including its third in six seasons. After Virginia State won game two 173-165 to even the match at 1-1, Bowie State captured the next three games 149-138, 183-165 and 147-134 for the victory. The game one score was 169-142, Bowie State.
Bowie State was the only team to knock down more than 4,000 pins in preliminary team matches on Friday. When preliminary Baker Match play concluded Saturday morning, the Lady Bulldogs earned the top seed in bracket play with a 219-total pin count lead over Virginia State.
Bowie State breezed through its bracket play matches, needing only four matches to claim the conference championship. The Lady Bulldogs defeated No. 8 seed Virginia Union University 4-1 to advance to the winner's bracket where they beat No. 6 seed Shaw University 4-0 and No. 4 seed Fayetteville State University 4-1.
The Lady Bulldogs were well rested while No. 2 seed Virginia State had to work its way to the finals through the elimination bracket after losing 4-0 to Fayetteville State in the winner's bracket. The championship round was the sixth match for Virginia State in bracket play.
The All-CIAA Tournament team consists of Brittany Rowe of Johnson C. Smith, Davis of Bowie State, Nicole Sciortino of Saint Augustine's, Brooke Roberts of Elizabeth City State and Rebecca Clements of Virginia State.