Strong Saturday gives No. 19 Mount Bowling Chance at Golden Bear Classic Title

Strong Saturday gives No. 19 Mount Bowling Chance at Golden Bear Classic Title

Sinking Spring, Pa. (February 9, 2019) – The No. 19 nationally-ranked Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team will compete for a tournament championship on Sunday after a strong Saturday performance at the Golden Bear Classic. The Mount went 4-1 on the day with wins over Morgan State, Coppin State, Robert Wesleyan, and New Jersey City University.

The setup and anchor combo of freshmen Tamera Stanton and Rebecca Dodson led the charge for the Mount with baker frame averages of 19.20 and 21.47, respectively. With the 4-1 outing, the Mountaineers have officially reached the 60-win plateau as their overall record improved to 60-26.

#19 Mount St. Mary's: 947
Morgan State: 887

The Mount started Saturday's competition with a decisive 947-887 win over in-state foe Morgan State. The Mountaineers used a solid look on the left lane to manage scores of 199, 203, and 203 in games one, three and five.

#19 Mount St. Mary's: 946
Coppin State: 903

Another in-state competition went in the Mount's favor with a 946-903 victory over Coppin State. After falling behind 408-382 through two games, the Mount responded with a 202-158 and 208-190 advantage in games three and four to aid the win.

#19 Mount St. Mary's 885
Caldwell: 1,035

Former NEC team Caldwell saved its best for the Mount with a 1,035 set that only saw three open frames all match. Despite the loss, the Mount was able to use games three through five to find better lines which resulted in a 195, 195, and 191 to conclude the five-game set.

#19 Mount St. Mary's: 1,021
Roberts Wesleyan: 888

The Mountaineers took their strong lines from the end of match three straight into match four with a decisive 1,021-888 victory over Roberts Wesleyan, handing RWC its first loss of the day. After falling behind 205-159 after game one, the Mount responded with advantages of 215-192, 257-169, 190-148, and 200-174 to complete the win.

#19 Mount St. Mary's: 890
New Jersey City: 718

Despite lower scores from both teams, the 890 from the Mount outlasted the 718 from New Jersey City. A 216-second game highlighted the win and pulled the Mount ahead early enough to hold on, completing its daily record at 4-1.

 "Today was a vast improvement from yesterday in many areas," said Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "We transitioned better, we communicated better, and multiple players assumed leadership roles, which can be difficult to find on an all-freshmen roster. For the second tournament in a row, we have a shot at the title heading into bracket play. I am confident an even better performance tomorrow results in bringing some hardware back to the Mount."

The Mountaineers will open up bracket play against #23 Duquesne. The winner will play the loser of #17 LIU-Brooklyn and #24 Adelphi, with the winner of that match making it to the championship match in the final round. Competition will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be streamed live from the team's Facebook page.