Liz Johnson, who had lost in five World Bowling Tour women's finals, twice in the championship match, ran into more bad luck in the event on Sunday at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Cheektowaga bowler had victory with reach until she drew the 7-10 split in the 10th frame and lost to defending champion Danielle McEwan, 203-200, in the final match. Johnson, who bowled last, needed just a mark to clinch the title. The event was bowled under the WBT current frame scoring system which scored 30 pins for a strike, 10 for a spare plus the count on the first ball of the spare frame, and the actual total count on open frames.
Johnson defeated former Maryland-Eastern Shore collegiate star Anggie Ramirez-Perea of Columbia, 268-220 in the semifinal match.
The nationally televised final was bowled after the completion of the USBC Masters at the same venue and before Anthony Simonsen won the WBT men's title by defeating Martin Larsen of Sweden, 243-213.