NORMAN, Okla. Senior co-captain Kasie Tamayo shined on Friday night at the Lloyd Noble Center winning every event including the all-around but the No. 10 Sooners could not top No. 9 Nebraska, falling 196.600-196.350.
The Sooners (7-7) started off slow on vault with a 48.850 but finished strong turning in their highest score of the season on the floor exercise with a 49.525. That mark was a season-high and just fell short of the school record of 49.675.
“We are still trying to find our way since the loss of Brittney (Koncak),” said Oklahoma head coach Steve Nunno. “I feel like at the beginning of every meet we are not performing like the team I know we are. The talent is definitely here and it shows in practice and maybe our confidence was shaky after the vault tonight and the below average performance on the uneven bars. But the team rallied very well on beam and floor with great performances on those events and I think we are halfway to the point of where I want this team to be.”
OU split with Nebraska on the team events winning the vault (48.850-48.800) and the floor exercise (49.525-49.250). However, the No. 1 uneven bars team in the nation lost to the Cornhuskers (49.325-48.775) and was also narrowly defeated on the balance beam (49.225-49.200).
Tamayo was stellar again for OU as she topped the leaderboard in every event. She won the all-around scoring a 39.650, just 0.25 shy of tying the school record (her own) which she matched earlier this season against Air Force at home. She tied for first on vault with a 9.850 and was matched by her teammate, freshman Tiffany Willin (first career first place finish). Tamayo, the No. 4 competitor on the uneven bars in the nation scored a 9.900 and again tied for first with fellow captain, Leah Mueller and two Cornhuskers (Tami Harris and Kristi Esposito).
In her final two events, Tamayo earned sole possession of first place, scoring 9.950s on both the balance beam and floor exercise, tying her career-high on the floor. Sophomore Katie Hostler was right behind Tamayo on the floor with a 9.925 (tied career-high). In addition, senior Karina Agafanova and freshman Ashley Cooney were tied for third on the floor with 9.900s, both career-highs.
Other top-five finishes for the Sooners included the following: sophomore Tara Anderson tied for third on beam (9.875, career-high), Cooney scored another career high on beam with a 9.850, sophomore Melissa Smith tied a career high on bars (9.850, tied for fifth) and junior Erin Labarr took a fourth place tie on the vault with a 9.800.
The Sooners hit the road right away to head to Athens, Georgia for a showdown with No. 2 Georgia at 1:30 p.m. CST on Sunday in Stedeman Coliseum. Live stats for the event can be found by clicking here.
“We are going to have to do something big on Sunday in order to have a shot at the Bulldogs,” said Nunno.