LADY RATTLERS GRAB THIRD IN RELEASER'S INVITATIONAL

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida A&M Lady Rattler Bowling team surged over the final two days of the 2008 Releaser's NCAA Bowling Invitational Tournament to grab third place overall in the event.

Jackson (Miss.) State was the overall winner with a 10,823 pin fall total. Fayetteville (N.C.) State was second (10,500), followed by FAMU (10,284) and Louisiana Tech (10,180).

The Lady Rattlers, which finished the tournament 10-5 overall, stood fifth after Friday's opening round with a 2,991 pin fall total. Jackson State (3,338), Fayetteville State (3,283) and Louisiana Tech (3,177) held the top three spots after Friday's action.

Marisa Moffett (879) and Gina Davis (864) earned All-Tournament honors, finishing in the top six in the individual standings.

Jackson State's Ashley Blakely (952) was the high roller in the tournament, with Akira Turner of Fayetteville State (218) turning in the high game performance of the tournament.

•On Friday, FAMU finished 3-2 after taking part in Baker Match play, bowling past Bethune-Cookman (653-507), Winston-Salem State (602-497) and North Carolina Central (594-430), while dropping bouts against Fayetteville State (557-640) and Norfolk State (585-655).

•On Saturday, the Lady Rattlers went 4-1 on the day, rebounding to win their final four face offs against Bethune-Cookman (744-738), Fayetteville State (906-794), North Carolina Central (847-723) and Louisiana Tech (924-687), after dropping the opener against Jackson State (765-820).

•In Sunday's final round of play, FAMU posted a 3-2 mark in Baker Match play, topping North Carolina A&T (605-549), South Carolina State (642-539) and Winston-Salem State (609-458), before dropping the day's final two bouts against Bethune-Cookman (611-657) and Louisiana Tech (640-705).

2008 RELEASER'S NCAA BOWLING INVITATIONAL • All-Tournament Team

Name/School Score/High Game

Ashley Blakely, Jackson State • 952/212

Karmethia Thompson, Bethune-Cookman • 883/214

Marisa Moffett, Florida A&M • 879/202

Akira Turner, Fayetteville State • 873/218

Christina Henry, Fayetteville State • 864/204

Gina Davis, Florida A&M • 864/216

FINAL STANDINGS • AFTER 15 MATCHES

# Team Win Loss Pins

1 Jackson State University • 10,823

2 Fayetteville State University • 10,500

3 Florida A & M University • 10,284

4 Louisiana Tech University • 10,180

5 Bethune-Cookman University • 9,994

6 Norfolk State University • 9,799

7 South Carolina State University • 9,282

8 North Carolina Central • 8,737

9 North Carolina A & T State University • 8,570

10 Winston- Salem State University • 7,910


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