ARLINGTON - After dropping their first three matches during day one of 2012 SWAC Bowling Championship, Southern women's bowling responded to tally 4404 pins and claim fourth place.
The Alabama A&M Lady Bulldogs cruised on the opening day of the SWAC Championship tournament, holding the top seed heading into the double-elimination Baker competition on Saturday at the International Training and Research Center.
A&M won all five of their matches, and led in the field in pinfall with a total of 4690. The Lady Bulldogs also were the only team to roll a 1000-plus game on the day, beating Southern 1001-870. A&M finished the day with 4670 pins.
West division champion Prairie View A&M earned the No. 2 seed, totalling 4537 pins. Texas Southern rebounded from a slow start to get the No. 3 seed (4427), while Southern rallied from the back of the pack to slide into No. 4 at 4404. Jackson State will be the 5th seed at 4277 and after a hot start, Alabama State slipped to sixth with 4276 pins.
Alabama A&M and Prairie View will begin Saturday with byes, while No. 4 Southern and No. 5 Jackson State faceoff in one opening round match at 9:30 a.m. No. 3 Texas Southern will take on Alabama State in the other first round match.
The winner of the Southern/Jackson State match gets Prairie View at 11:15, while the Texas Southern/Alabama State winner faces Alabama A&M. The losers will still be a alive, but will fall into the elimination bracket.
Day two of the competition will be streamed live on BowlTV.
Here are the team results from Friday.
Alabama A&M def. Texas Southern 902-827
Alabama State def. Southern 916-811
Prairie View def. Jackson State 888-805
Jackson State def. Southern 954-840
Texas Southern def. Alabama State 963-821
Alabama A&M def. Prairie View 976-953
Texas Southern def. Prairie View 911-902
Alabama A&M def. Southern 1001-870
Alabama State def. Jackson State 847-811
Prairie View def. Alabama State 911-820
Alabama A&M def. Jackson State 907-859
Southern def. Texas Southern 930-888
Jackson State def. Texas Southern 848-838
Alabama A&M def. Alabama State 904-872
Southern def. Prairie View 953-883