Mechanicsburg, Pa. (December 2, 2018) – The Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team sits alone atop the Northeast Conference (NEC) Standings following another perfect 3-0 day at the first conference meet of the season. The Mount picked up wins over #20 nationally-ranked Duquesne, #19 LIU Brooklyn, and #13 Saint Francis PA.
Freshman Barbara Hawes led the way with a 19.72 baker frame average on the day. Ashley Santos also contributed nicely with a 19.00 baker frame average. For the weekend, Hawes (18.88), Rebecca Dodson (18.44), Santos (18.18) Tamera Stanton (18.01) all held baker frame averages of 18.00 and up.
Mount St. Mary's: 4 (185-186-180-167-184)
#20 Duquesne: 1 (164-215-172-146-180)
After being tied 1-1, the Mount rolled off three consecutive close victories over the Dukes for a 4-1 win. In game five, Freshmen Danielle Milo, Stanton, and Dodson delivered the last five strikes of the game to finish a comeback effort.
Mount St. Mary's: 4 (181-158-205-176-115-217)
#19 LIU Brooklyn: 2 (173-148-168-216-197-212)
After jumping out to a 3-0 advantage, the Mountaineers were tested by the Blackbirds, who found their lines and wheeled off two consecutive victories to make it a 3-2 margin for the Mount. Mount St. Mary's responded with clutch adjustments and shot making to hang on in game six with a 217-212 win.
Mount St. Mary's: 4 (234-178-200-222)
#13 Saint Francis PA: 0 (185-165-172-193)
In a rematch of the Mount Shootout championship, the Mountaineers would reign victorious over the Red Flash to finish their undefeated outing at the first NEC meet. The set was aided by a huge 234 first game and 222 fourth game. With the win, the Mount gave themselves a two game advantage over Sacred Heart for first place in conference standings.
"We entered this weekend eager to prove the pre-season poll wrong," said Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "As a new team of all freshmen, we understand why we were selected last, yet knew we were better than that. However, it is all talk until you show it on the lanes and that is what we did this weekend. I am beyond proud of how tough this team competed throughout the first semester as our focus shifts to the classroom with final exams coming up. We will use the winter break to improve each of our players individually so that we are an even better team come 2019."
Mount St. Mary's currently has a two-game advantage on first place in the conference. NEC play will resume at the second meet of the season in February. The Mount will have three non-conference tournaments leading up to that point, including their next tournament Jan. 18-20 at the Kutztown Invite in Limerick, Pa.
- Mount St. Mary's (6-0)
- Saint Francis PA (4-2)
- Duquesne (4-2)
- Fairleigh Dickinson (2-4)
- LIU Brooklyn (2-4)
- Sacred Heart (2-4)
- St. Francis Brooklyn (1-5)