DETROIT -

The Warhawk women's bowling team finished the best season in NCAA bowling in school history with first round play at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Bowling Championship at the Super Bowl Lanes in Detroit, Michigan. 

UW-W, one of eight teams to earn a berth in the tournament, captured the fourth seed in qualifying rounds Thursday with a 4-3 record and 6564 pinfall. 

The Warhawks were matched up with two-time defending champion, Maryland-Eastern Shore in Friday's first Baker match.

UW-W topped UMES Thursday in a qualifying match,  but Maryland-Eastern Shore evened the score Friday, winning 4-2 (214-198, 173-226, 171-183, 175-164, 162-148, 221-195). 

In round two Friday, Central Missouri, the eighth seed after Thursday's qualifying, used three 200+ games to defeat the Warhawks 4-1. Game scores were 179-151, 214-190, 235-206, 191-194, 250-146.

UW-Whitewater finishes NCAA competition as one of the top eight teams in the nation.  Women's bowling in the NCAA combines all intercollegiate teams from Division I, II and III for a single championship. 

Whitewater was the only Division III, or II, school to earn a spot in the national tourney.  UW-Whitewater was making its first appearance in school history in the NCAA championship.