COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners (7-0) won three of four events, defeating the No. 21 Buckeyes Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Ohio State Triangular.
“We had another solid performance,” head coach Steve Nunno said, “and I was really happy to come into the home of a ranked team and execute as we should. It was a big win.”
Oklahoma won the vault (48.975), uneven bars (48.975) and floor exercise (49.050) as they finished first overall with 195.900 points. Ohio State was second with a score of 194.775 and Illinois State completed the field with a 188.625.
“We didn’t count any falls or major mistakes but we were off on a few landings and a little wobbly on the beam, so we still have improvements to make,” Nunno said. “There were a few tenths here and there that we left on the table.
“Our beam squad is finally coming together. We put in some freshmen and they performed well.”
The Sooners scored a season-high 48.900 on beam.
Ashley Cooney won her third consecutive all-around title (39.350) and picked up wins on the vault and floor exercise. Cooney matched a season high, earning a 9.9 with her vault.
“Ashley anchored our team again and it was great to see Brittney Koncak complete her first all-around since sitting out last season with a torn ACL.”
Koncak competed in her first all-around of the season, scoring a 39.225. The sophomore led the Sooners on bars and beam, scoring a pair of season-high 9.875s and placing second in both events.
Kristen Cox, the final OU all-arounder, finished fourth with a 39.025.
“We had a scare the other day when Kristen almost broke a finger,” Nunno said, “but she taped it up and actually completed all four events. She showed a lot of character.”
The night opened with a pair of freshman, Stephanie LoPiccolo and Caitlin Hinkis, starting the uneven bars. LoPiccolo, who recorded an 8.85 in exhibition against Kent State, scored a 9.675. Hinkis posted a season-high 9.75.
Brazilian Coral Borda and Norman-native Jenny Baker also represented the freshmen well. Borda scored career best marks on beam and floor exercise. Baker performed the first competitive floor routine of her collegiate career, scoring a 9.6.
All-American sophomore Tiffany Willin scored a season-high 9.825 on vault, capturing second place.
“I think we have found what we need to put a strategic lineup together against Nebraska next week,” Nunno said. “It’s been many years since we’ve beaten Nebraska on their turf.”
The undefeated Oklahoma Sooners attempt to keep their winning streak alive Saturday, Feb. 5, as they travel to Lincoln, Neb., for a matchup with the No. 23 Nebrska Cornhuskers.