NORMAN, Okla. The No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners swept all four individual and team events en route to a 196.000-188.425 victory over Centenary inside the Lloyd Noble Center tonight.
Under head coach Steve Nunno, the Sooners are 2-0 all-time versus the Ladies and are undefeated in home meet finales.
“Overall, I am proud of the way we competed tonight and happy that we came out with a win,” said head coach Steve Nunno. “We showed that we are one of the best teams in the nation on vault, but we were a little sloppy on bars and beam. We have some things we need to improve on in order to get ready for the Big 12 Championship.”
With the victory, the Sooners move to an 8-6 overall record, 5-0 versus unranked opponents and 3-2 in home contests. Centenary falls to 6-10 on the season and 4-5 in meets on the road.
Oklahoma won on vault (49.275), bars (48.875), beam (48.700) and floor (49.150) and placed the top three individuals in all four events.
Kiara Redmond and Brittney Koncak-Schumann tied for first place in the individual all-around competition with a 39.475. The mark set a career high for Redmond. Freshman Haley DeProspero rounded out the top three with a 38.500.
Oklahoma took an early lead in the first rotation after posting a 49.275 on vault while Centenary tallied a 47.150 on the uneven bars. Redmond led Oklahoma with a career-high score of 9.95 on the event. Koncak-Schumann finished in second with a 9.875 and is currently tied for 11th in the nation on the apparatus. DeProspero and Kristen Cox both contributed a score of 9.85 to finish in a tie for third place.
On uneven bars, OU extended its lead over the Ladies posting a 48.875 team score. Koncak-Schumann won her 15th individual event title of the season posting a 9.825. DeProspero finished in second (9.8), Redmond came in third (9.775) and Borda finished in fourth (9.75).
On the next rotation, the Sooners moved to balance beam recording a 48.700. Redmond posted the top score for OU with a 9.85 earning a first-place finish. Koncak-Schumann finished second (9.8) and Kristen Cox came in third (9.725).
The Sooners concluded the night on floor exercise with Koncak-Schumann posting a career-high 9.975 and earning first place. It marked the highest individual event score for a Sooner since Erin LaBarr performed a perfect 10.0 on bars during the 2005 Cancun Gymnastics Classic. Redmond came in second (9.9) and Ashley Jackson finished in third (9.875).
At the conclusion of the meet, the Sooners celebrated the careers of Tara Anderson, Coral Borda and Kristen Cox. All three gymnasts have played an integral part in the success of the program and have help take the team to new heights.
Oklahoma will be back in action on March 17 when the team heads to Kent, Ohio, to face Kent State. The meet will be the regular season finale for OU before heading to Lincoln, Neb., on March 25, to compete in the 2006 Big 12 Championship at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Sooners will be looking for program’s second Big 12 Championship victory.