The Nebraska bowling team finished third at its lone home event of the year in the third-annual Big Red Invitational. The Huskers finished just behind Central Missouri and tournament champion Arkansas State. Nebraska averaged nearly ten pins more per game than fourth-place finishing Sam Houston State. NU's Kristina Mickelson earned a spot on the Big Red Invitational's All-Tournament Team with her individual average of 222 pins per game in Friday's singles competition.
Saturday's final competition saw the Huskers shoot 1,123 in the first 4 of 7 baker competition. Nebraska rolled games of 151, 179, 224, 179, 210 and 180 to average 187.17.
In the second round of the day, the Huskers squared off with the Central Missouri Jennies and won in five games, (231-181, 203-192,176-215, 248-182, 199-190)
Finally, the Huskers squared off with eventual champion Arkansas State. Mere hundredths of pins separated the two teams' average at the time, but Arkansas State held ground and Central Missouri surged ahead of the Huskers in the final round. The Huskers shot 209, 165, 156 and 205 to Arkansas State's 232, 191, 210 and 219.
Central Missouri shot 200, 212, 268, 229, 217, 224 and 232 in its seven-game thriller with Wisconsin-Whitewater.
The Huskers will return to the lanes Feb. 3-5 when they'll travel to the Prairie View A&M Invite in Arlington, Texas.
Individual Standings/ All Tournament Team /Big Red Invitational
1. (237.80 Average) Central Missouri's Gabriella Mayfield
2. (227.60 Average) Arkansas State's Sara Lokker
3. (225 Average) Sam Houston State's Dayna Galganski
4. (222 Average) Nebraska's Kristina Mickelson
5. (220 Average) Arkansas State's Rachael Gittings
Final Tournament Standings: Winner Determined by Tournament Average
1.208.18 Arkansas State
2. 206.84 Central Missouri
3. 206.18 Nebraska
4. 196.77 Sam Houston State
5. 196.70 Wisconsin-Whitewater
6. 195.20 Stephen F. Austin
7. 193.97 Valparaiso
8. 184.68 Monmouth
9. 179.95 Bethune-Cookman
10. 178.83 Elmhurst
11. 171.81 Alabama Birmingham
12. 161.77 Florida A&M