The women’s bowling team won the first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) title in any sport for Sam Houston State Saturday night, when the Bearkats (photo NCAA.com) upset last year’s champion Nebraska in the best-of-seven games title match, 4-2, to win the 2014 National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship.
The Bearkats and the Shockers traded the first four games of the match, Sam Houston winning the first 181-166 and the third 193-190 while Nebraska took the second 187-182 and the fourth 197-189.
Sam Houston started the fifth game with four consecutive strikes and concluded with a clinching strike by the program’s first recruit, senior Kimi Davidson, to give Sam Houston a 205-191 victory – and the momentum.
In the sixth game, Nebraska suffered three open frames in the first seven while Sam Houston rolled a clean game to seal the victory, 195-165.
Nebraska was foiled in its attempt to win the school’s fifth bowling title and second in a row while Sam Houston became just the fifth University in eleven years to win the NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship. All four National Champions to date were represented in the field.
Besides 2013, Nebraska also won the titles in 2004, 2005 and 2009. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore owns three titles, winning in 2008, 2011 and 2012, while Fairleigh Dickinson won in 2006 and 2010 and Vanderbilt took the other title in 2007.