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Gardner Garners MEAC Bowler of the Week Honors


NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State junior bowler Briana Gardner was honored by the conference office on Tuesday when she was named the MEAC Bowler of the Week.

Gardner picked up the award for the third time this season, all since January, after leading NSU at the James Brown Invitational hosted by Morgan State over the weekend. The highlight was a 279 in the fourth game of the day on Saturday. It marked the second-highest game ever for the junior and the highest by any MEAC player this season.

In addition, her total of 279 also stands as the third-highest ever by a Spartan bowler, topped only by Gardner’s program record of 289 and a 280 bowled by Sheila-Marie Smith in 2009.

Gardner also had an even 200 game on Saturday and averaged 189.2 for the five games that day. That bumped her season average up to 185.8, second on the team.

She also won the award on Jan. 17 and 31, while teammate Alexa Rodriguez gave NSU its first of four award winners this year after taking home the accolade on Nov. 15.

Norfolk State will next compete on March 4-5 at the third and final MEAC Southern Divisional of the season down in Daytona Beach, Fla.


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