Feb. 15, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. -- Kiara Redmond-Sturms became the first woman in OU gymnastics history to post two perfect 10.00s in a career as the eighth-ranked Oklahoma gymnastics squad beat Big 12 foe Iowa State 196.375-193.675 in the inaugural Beauty and the Beast night on Friday at the Lloyd Noble Center. The OU wrestling squad was also successful on Friday, posting a 32-9 victory over Cal Poly.
The Sooner women (13-0) swept all four event titles on the night and also took home individual event honors on all four apparatuses. Redmond-Sturms won her sixth all-around title in seven events (39.500), capped off by the event win on vault (10.00). Hollie Vise won the first bars title of her career after a 9.875, while tying Haley DeProspero for the event title on beam. Rounding out the OU sweep were Ashley Jackson and Jackie Flanery who posted matching 9.875s on the floor.
"It was an awesome night for Kiwi (Redmond-Sturms)," said head coach K.J. Kindler. "We have been waiting for that vault all season and it was very deserving. She has been working real hard on sticking it in practice and it paid off."
Opening the night on vault, OU obliterated its previous season high in posting a 49.300, besting its previous high mark by 0.225. OU was led by Redmond-Sturms' perfect mark -- scoring the ninth 10.00 in school history. It was just the second perfect score in the NCAA this season and first in the Big 12. The Los Angeles, Calif., native recorded both of her perfect marks on vault, scoring the 10.00 against TWU as a junior. The Sooners received a 9.875 from Mary Mantle, a 9.85 from Jackson, a 9.8 from Jessica Kinder and a 9.775 from Flanery to round out the team score as Oklahoma took a 49.300-48.250 advantage after the first rotation.
OU kept its intensity on bars, tying a season high event score with a 49.200. The Sooners netted 9.825s from Jackson, Caitlin Hinkis, DeProspero and LoPiccolo. It was the first action of the season for Hinkis, who returned from a leg injury. Redmond-Sturms scored a 9.85 and Vise posted a 9.875, as OU led 98.500-97.100 at the halfway mark. Vise's score was a career high, while Jackson and DeProspero tied career and season bests, respectively.
The Sooners had a slip up on beam and were forced to count a fall after Kristin Smith and Jackson stumbled. Redmond-Sturms scored a 9.850, sandwiched between Smith and Jackson. OU rebounded with a 9.85 from LoPiccolo, a 9.875s from Vise and DeProspero. Even with the fall, the Sooners led 145.925-147.150 after three rotations.
Clinching the victory on floor, OU posted a team score of 49.225. The Sooners received a 9.8 from Smith, 9.825 from Kinder, 9.850 from DeProspero, 9.875s from Flanery and Jackson, and a 9.8 from Redmond-Sturms.
"It's awesome to get off to that kind of start, but like I have said before, you have to finish it too," said Kindler. "We are capable, we're perfectly capable. We have not shown what we can do yet on all four events yet this year. We're good, we just have to put it all together. That's what we will keep working on."
Oklahoma has won 26 of its last 27 regular-season matchup's dating back to Jan. 19, 2007. Winners of all regular season meets on the year, the Sooners last regular season defeat was to Stanford on March 9, 2007 in Palo Alto, Calif.
OU returns to action on Feb. 22 when it travels to Columbia, Mo., to take on Big 12 rival Missouri at 6:30 p.m.