Wednesday, March 27 is decision day for the Sam Houston women's bowling team as the Bearkats look to be among the eight teams selected to play in the 2013 NCAA championship Elite Eight.
The NCAA Division I women's bowling national committee will announce their selections Wednesday at 3 p.m. The NCAA Elite Eight will be held Thursday through Saturday, April 11-13 at the Super Bowl Complex in Canton, Michigan.
The Bearkats’ inaugural bowling squad earned an NCAA berth in 2011 but just missed out on last year’s selection.
“We feel like we have done everything we can to put ourselves in a position to be selected,” Bearkat head coach Brad Hagen said. “We performed well in several of the top national tournaments, won a school record five tournament titles and posted some outstanding head-to-head wins over top teams. It's up to the committee now."
Win-loss record, results against the top 10 teams in the NCAA RPI standings, strength of schedule and head-to-head scores as among the key factors the committee will use to determine the field.
During the 2012-13 season Sam Houston has compiled an overall record of 97 victories and 36 losses. That includes a 39-26 record against teams in the top 20.
The Bearkats boast a record that includes a victory over every top 10 team in the national rankings except two-time defending national champion Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Sam Houston posted tournament wins at the Tulane Invitational, the Alabama Hornet Classic, the Track Kat Clash in Huntsville, the Bowie State Classic and the Southern Intercollegiate.
Bearkat bowlers have earned selection to all-tournament teams at nine events this year. Kimi Davidson is a five-time all-tournament selection with three tournament “Most Valuable Player” awards. Neishka Cardona has been named all-tournament three times and Michelle Secours won the honor in the Kats’ final regular season event.
All eight berths in the national tournament are at-large selections. The selection criteria are overall won-lost record, head-to-head competition, results versus common opponents, overall strength of schedule and overall RPI.
"Whatever happens, I'm proud to the job our girls have done this year," Hagen said.