The Nebraska women’s bowling team came up short for their fifth NCAA National Championship Saturday night at Game of Wickliffe Bowling Center, in Cleveland, Ohio. The Huskers lost to Sam Houston State 4-2 in the championship match.
“It seemed like we were hunting grizzly bears with a little stick,” Nebraska Head Coach Bill Straub said. “We have a good bunch of people, today we just could not win the battle.”
Despite two early open frames, NU managed to keep the pressure on SHSU by rolling six spares in-a-row before losing the first game 181-166.
NU started to heat up in the second game, rolling four strikes and six spares, beating the Bearkats 187-182. The Huskers lost the third game 193-190 to give the eighth-seeded underdogs a 2-1 lead heading into the fourth game.
Nebraska took the fourth game, beating Sam Houston State 197-189 to tie the match 2-2. The Huskers used four-straight strikes starting in the seventh frame to beat the Bearkats.
The Bearkats opened up game five hitting four-straight strikes on their way to a 205-191 win, leaving the Huskers down 3-2 in the best-of-seven-match.
In the decisive sixth game, Nebraska left three open frames and strung together two strikes in-a-row in the fifth and sixth frame, but that would not be enough, as SHSU won 195-165.