TOWSON, Md. (February 13, 2022) — The 7th Annual James Brown Invitational came to a close Sunday afternoon at AMF Towson Lanes as the Morgan State Lady Bears finished fourth out of 14 teams. The Lady Bears, who entered Sunday’s championship in sixth place, moved up two spots after winning 2-1 in the best-of-7 Baker matchplay of the bracket round.
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) opponents North Carolina A&T and Delaware State took first and second place, respectively. Duquesne, Morgan State and Mount St. Mary’s rounded out the remaining top five.
Morgan State started Sunday with a 4-0 win over fifth-ranked Maryland Eastern Shore. It then took the Lady Bears five games to upend fourth seed Mount St. Mary’s by a score of 4-1.
In their final match of the day and tournament, the Lady Bears went up against third-place finisher Duquesne for third place. The Dukes won the first game 237-199 and Morgan State rebounded and won the second game 212-189 to level the score at 1-1. However, Duquesne would win the next three games, 238-141, 226-215 and 279-223 to go 4-1 and take third place.
“The women responded to the group game in a convincing manner against Maryland Eastern Shore and Mount St. Mary’s,” said the Morgan State head coach Thomas Fabo. “I’m proud of how well they bowled against Duquesne in the last game. You just stumbled upon a red-hot team. We grew this weekend and now we have to keep working to reach the next level.”
Morgan State returns to the MEAC action next weekend when it travels to Chesapeake, Va. to attend MEAC No. 2 event (February 18-20) hosted by Norfolk State University.
Morgan’s Baker Frame Averages:
Carrington Beaman (20.89), Cheyenne Washington (20.54), Natalia Miranda Vega (20.0), La’Monique Berrios (19.66), Ashanti Fernandes (18.69), Aliya Adams (18.41).
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Founded in 1867, Morgan State University is a Carnegie-classified High Research (R2) institution offering nearly 140 academic programs leading to degrees from high school to doctoral degrees. As Maryland’s pre-eminent public urban research university and the only university whose entire campus has been designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Morgan serves a multiracial and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as widely as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.