The Southwestern Athletic Conference Womenâ€™s Bowling East Round-Up ended today, with Jackson State and Southern finishing first in their respective divisions.
Jackson State took over the top spot from Alabama A&M University after beating the Bulldogs in competition today. The Lady Tigers knocked down 896 pins, while AAMU bowled an 862. JSU is 8-1 in the conference, 18-6 overall. The Bulldogs are 19-5 overall, 7-2 in the SWAC. The two teams will be advancing to the 2008 SWAC Womenâ€™s Bowling Championship Tournament, along with Alabama State , to represent the Eastern Division. More…The Lady Hornets finished in third place, with a 7-17 overall record, 3-6 in conference standings. Mississippi Valley finished fourth in the East with a 1-23, 0-9 SWAC record.
In the Western Division, Southern University still holds a commanding lead, but suffered a blow in their previously undefeated conference record. The Lady Panthers of Prairie View A&M University handed the Lady Jaguars their first SWAC loss. PVAM beat SU 915-890. The Lady Panthers went on later in the competition to defeat in-state rival, Texas Southern, 843-836. That win gave Prairie View the second place position alone, with a 16-8, 8-4 SWAC record. This is the first time the Lady Panthers have advanced to the championship tournament. Texas Southern will be the third team to advanced with an 11-13 overall, 7-5 conference record. Grambling State finished in fourth place with a 12-12, 4-8 conference record. Arkansas-Pine Bluff finished in last place with a 3-21, 0-12 conference record.
The top bowler of the round-up was Gramblingâ€™s Damona Richard. She knocked down a total of 2,707 pins. She was followed by Jackson State â€™s Ashley Blakely, with 2,680 pins and Alabama A&Mâ€™s Whitney Smith finished third with 2,614 pins.
The 2008 SWAC Womenâ€™s Bowling Championship will be held on February 22-24 at the Holiday Bowl Fun Center in Bessemer , Alabama .