The Sacred Heart University women's bowling team finished second at the 2020 Wildcat Classic, hosted by Bethune-Cookman in Orlando, Fla. The Pioneers posted a 7-5 mark during the three-day event and are now 40-27 on the year.
Rachel Bamford was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, after averaging 211 pins per game, tops in the tournament by nearly eight pins. She posted two 234 scores in traditional match play, with four games over 200 in those six outings.
The Pioneers earned the third-seed in the bracket portion of the event, and opened that with a 4-3 win over UAB on Sunday. SHU won the first three games of the best-of-seven semifinal, including a match-best 213-183 win in the third game. UAB stormed back with three straight wins, equaling the match 3-3 with a thrilling 191-189 win in game six. The Pioneers prevailed in the deciding game, with a 185-174 victory.
SHU faced Stephen F. Austin in the final, falling 4-2. SHU won the opening match, 191-137, before dropping the next three. SHU stayed alive with a 192-165 win in the fifth-game, before SFA notched a 218-187 win in the sixth to earn the win.
By the Numbers
- Amanda Shelters averaged 171.67 pins per match, tying for 22nd in the
- Caitlyn Kelly bowled in five traditional matches, averaging 180 pins
- Julia Favata also bowled in five matches, with an average pin fall of 170.4
Match 5 (SHU 945-Bethune Cookman 645)
- Kelly led the Pioneers in the win over the host, with a 210
- Shelters bowled a 194 and Favata totaled 192
Match 6 (Medaille 947-SHU 895)
- Bamford led the Pioneers with 234
Match 7 (St. Francis Brooklyn 931 – SHU 897)
- Favata led sHU in the match against an NEC rival, with 191
- Victoria Pacacha subbed in and tallied 190 pins
Match 8 (Maryville 946-SHU 870)
- Bamford again surpassed 200 pins, finishing at 220
Match 9 (SHU 969-Daemon 743)
- Bamford equaled her high-pin count of the day, leading the way with 234 pins
- Kelly also surpassed 200 pins, at 213 to help SHU into second place in the standings
Match 10 (UAB 966-SHU 847)
- The loss dropped the Pioneers into third place, heading into Sunday's bracket play
- Bamford again led SHU, with 216
- Shelters notched 193 pins in the match