The Sacred Heart University women's bowling team made a magical run through Friday's eliminations rounds, advancing to the semifinals of the USBC Team Intercollegiate Championship in Lincoln, Neb.
The Pioneers dropped into the elimination matches after falling Thursday, 4-0, to Wichita State in the second round. That meant SHU had to battle through four matches to advance to the semifinals
SHU began its run with a 4-2 win over Newman, surpassing 200 points in each of its wins, culminating with a 235-198 victory in the decisive match. The Pioneers than blanked St. Francis, 4-0, for its second win of the day.
That victory gave the Pioneers a rematch with the third-seeded Shockers, from Thursday night. The Pioneers opened with a 213-191 win, before the squads halved the second match, with a 205-205 tie. The Pioneers eked out a 213-209 win in the third, and took control with a 204-144 win in the fourth match. After falling in the fifth, SHU secured the win with a 225-193 victory.
The win over Wichita State placed SHU into the National Semifinal, needing to defeat Lindenwood twice, to advance to the championship round. Lindenwood opened with a 174-138 victory in the first game and opened a 2-0 lead with a 215-162 victory in the second. SHU, playing for the fifth time on the day, halved the third game, tying 169-169. After falling in the fourth, SHU picked up a 104-point win, 267-163, in the fifth and remained alive. The Pipneers forced a decisive game seven, with a 226-163 win. SHU fell just short of forcing a tiebreaker, losing 202-182, and being eliminated.