NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 6 University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team fell to No. 8 Nebraska 196.850-196.000 in front of 808 fans at the Howard McCasland Field House tonight.
With the loss, the Sooners move to a 4-4 in regular season action and 0-1 in Big 12 Conference play. Nebraska improves to 6-2-1 and 2-0 in the Big 12.
“We came out and had a great performance on vault,” said head coach Steve Nunno. “On bars and beam we had some mistakes and lost the lead. This week in practice we have some things we need to work on in preparation for Iowa State.”
Nebraska’s Emily Parsons took first-place honors in the individual all-around competition recording a 39.550. Freshman Haley DeProspero finished in second place posting a 39.275.
The Sooners started the night on vault and took an early 49.325-49.200 lead following the first rotation. Junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann recorded a 9.925 to earn first place in the event. Kiara Redmond performed a career-high 9.9 and finished in a tie for second place with Nebraska’s Parsons. Both teams have arguably the best vault teams in the country with Koncak-Schumann ranked No. 3 nationally and Parsons ranked No. 2.
Oklahoma moved to the uneven bars in the next rotation and recorded a season-high 48.900 team score. Stephanie LoPiccolo finished in a tie for second place after performing a career-high 9.85. Nebraska’s Vanessa Meloche took first place with a 9.875.
On balance beam, OU tallied a 48.600 team score and was led by Lori Winn who performed a career-high 9.9 and finished in second place. DeProspero recorded a 9.85 to earn a tie for fifth place.
Following the third rotation the Sooners trailed the Huskers 146.825-147.675 before heading to the floor exercise.
“We knew going into the floor exercise we would have to go all out to win the meet,” said Nunno. “We had a chance to come back but Nebraska nailed the balance beam. We are definitely disappointed with the outcome.”
On the floor exercise, Oklahoma recorded a season-high 49.175 team score with DeProspero finishing in third place after scoring a 9.875. Nebraska’s Tricia Woo and Parsons tied for first place after earning a 9.9 mark.
The Sooners will be back in action next week to continue Big 12 Conference play against Iowa State on Feb. 10. The meet is slated to start at 7 p.m. in the Howard McCasland Field House. Two days later, Oklahoma will travel to Athens, Ga., to face No. 1 Georgia.