Bowie State took out defending champion Elizabeth City State, 4-2, to claim the 2010 Central Interscholastic Athletic Association Women’s Bowling Championship on March 22. BSU has now claimed the CIAA crown for a third time in five years.

The No. 3 seeded Lady Bulldogs bounced back from a 4-1 loss to the Lady Vikings in the finals of the double-elimination tournament. Led by tournament MVP Verra Diggs, Bowie State won, 182-147, in the deciding sixth game after bowling two strikes in the first three frames.

The championship win also offered sweet revenge for BSU. In last season’s championship, the Lady Vikings regrouped to beat the Lady Bulldogs twice for the 2009 CIAA title.

But this year, Bowie State’s Diggs was too much to handle for the No. 2 seeded Elizabeth City State. She led all CIAA bowlers with a 203 average and was named to the CIAA All-Tournament team. Rebecca Frusciante and Dominique Carroll averaged 184 and 173, respectively, to also spark the Lady Bulldogs.

“Verra Diggs was a big difference on the team,” Lady Bulldogs’ head coach Kenneth Scott said about the team’s latest success.

“We try to keep it simple. We work on fundamentals, physical conditioning and mental preparation. Each year, we realize we need to step it up a little higher. We also get terrific support from Arlene Creek, the coaching staff and the whole athletic department.”