FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Rachel Bamford of Sacred Heart University women's bowling was named the NEC Bowler of the Week, as announced by the league on Friday. Bamford is the first Pioneer to earn a conference weekly award this season.
Bamford spearheaded Sacred Heart's second-place showing at the three-day UMES Invitational. The sophomore accounted for a conference-high 21.08 pins per frame and a .917 filled frames percentage. Aiding the Pioneers through a tournament field that featured six of the top-10 teams from the latest NTCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll, Bamford struck 65 times in 132 chances (.492) and converted 53 of 55 non-split spare attempts (.964).
Bamford was the lone NEC athlete to average more than 21.0 pins per baker frame at the 17-team event, which was contested by six of seven NEC members. During Saturday's traditional team rounds, Bamford posted a 208.8 game average that was highlighted by a 214-pin performance in a narrow setback to reigning NCAA champion Vanderbilt. Bamford, who averaged 9.18 pins per first ball over the course of the three-day competition, missed only one single-pin spare in 36 chances.
SHU will be back in action when they compete in their first NEC Meet in Mechanicsburg, PA. on Dec. 1-2.