HORNET BOWLERS ELIMINATED IN NCAA TOURNAMENT SEMIS
Courtesy: DSU Athletic Media Relations
Canton, Mich. (Apr. 11, 2009) --- Delaware State’s bid for its first NCAA National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship ended with a 4-2 loss to Nebraska in the tournament semifinals today. The seventh-seeded Hornets were ahead two games to one, but the top-seeded Cornhuskers won the last three games to advance to the championship match of the double-elimination tournament. The teams were meeting for the second day in a row. Nebraska also bounced back from a two-games-to-one deficit to hand DSU its first tournament loss on Friday.
“I am so proud of our team, and how hard the ladies worked all season long,” said Delaware State second-year head coach Kim Terrell-Kearney. “Certainly we are disappointed in coming up short of the championship, but we met our match today. The loss today takes nothing away from the great season we had. Our goal is to continue the progress we have made to make another national championship run next year.”
The Hornets were two wins away from the tournament championship match after taking two of the first three games in the best-of-seven Baker scoring series.
Nebraska won the first game 201-193. Delaware State trailed 97-74 after five frames, but posted three straight strikes to pull to within five (156-151) after the eighth frame. The Hornets failed to mark in the ninth, and the Huskers countered with back-to-back strikes to secure the win.
Delaware State evened the match with a 215-149 win in game two. The Hornets threw strikes in three of the first four frames, and added a double in the sixth and seventh. Freshman Brooke Peterson had strikes on each of her two throws. Nebraska began the game with two opens, and never recovered.
The Hornets took the lead in the match with a 204-156 victory in game three. DSU had six strikes in the game, including two doubles. Sophomore Angela Reynolds led the way with two strikes.
Nebraska opened game four with four strikes, and seven in the first eight frames en route to a 244-173 victory to even the match at 2-2.
The critical game five was the tightest of the match. Delaware State led 190-186 after nine frames with each team working on a strike. Nebraska outscored the Hornets 28-20 in the 10th frame to claim the 214-209 victory and a 3-2 lead in the match. DSU had five strikes, including two doubles, and no open frames in the game.
Nebraska closed out the match with a 216-179 win in game six. The Cornhuskers trailed 58-49 after three frames, but responded with four consecutive strikes to gain control of the game. The Hornets were also hurt by opens in the seventh and ninth frames.
DSU freshman Jazmyne Hefflefinger was named to the 2009 All-NCAA Tournament Team.
Delaware State reached the semifinals with victories over New Jersey City (4-3) and Central Missouri (4-1) on Friday, marking the first NCAA Tournament wins for any DSU sport.
The Hornets end the season with a school-record 119 wins (119-38). In addition to reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time, DSU also captured the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship in team history.
Terrell-Kearney was named National Tenpins Coaches Association Division I Coach-of-the-Year, while Reynolds and Adriana Jaime were named to the NTCA All-America Second Team.