Feb. 17, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The third-ranked Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team improved to 2-0 in Big 12 competition Friday after defeating No. 16 Missouri on the road, 197.400-196.375.
Oklahoma (13-2, 2-0 Big 12) posted its third straight score of 197-plus, and fourth overall, all of which have come away from Norman. OU is the only school in the NCAA to break the 197-mark four times this year, and one of just two schools to break the mark on the road.
OU started the meet with its first score below a 49.000 on bars since Jan. 7 to trail the Tigers after the first rotation. The OU gymnasts responded with three straight scores of 49.375 or better in the final three rotations, capped by a season-high 49.600 on beam, just .075 shy of the program record for the event.
"I really felt like we were a three-event team tonight," OU head coach K.J. Kindler said. "We were on fire on the last three events, but it kind of took that slow start to snap them out of it, and then they competed. We weren't competing on bars, we were just doing our routines and that's not what we are about. We definitely need to get in the groove and be a four-event team and hit everything when we go out there because we are capable of it."
The Sooners swept all four team event titles, won three individual event titles and the all-around against the Tigers.
Erica Brewer won the all-around title in her first ever AA competition with a career-high 39.300. The freshman made her first all-around appearance after stepping in for fellow freshman Rebecca Clark on beam who suffered a season-ending injury during practice this week.
Brewer shared the beam title with teammate Megan Ferguson who also scored a 9.95. Senior Sara Stone won her sixth vault title with a season-high-tying 9.95, while Ferguson won the floor title with a 9.925.
OU trailed Mizzou by .375 after the first rotation. The Tigers started with a 49.350 on vault, while OU posted a 48.975 on bars.
Ferguson led the team on bars with a 9.85 in the anchor position, while Ward and Spears added two scores of 9.8 for the Sooners.
The Sooners responded with their second-best score of the season on vault with a 49.450 to take a .375 lead over the Tigers at the halfway point.
Stone scored a season-high-tying 9.95 on vault in the anchor spot to win the event title. Stone also posted a 9.95 at No. 2 Arkansas on Feb. 5. Stone has scored a 9.9 or higher in seven of her eight vaults this season, including the last six straight.
Brie Olson added a 9.925 on vault for OU, her second-best career score. Olson has scored a 9.9 or higher four times this season on vault, including her career-high 9.95 at No. 2 Arkansas on Feb. 5.
Hayden Ward posted a career-high 9.875 on vault in just her second career vault appearance, her previous best was a 9.85 at No. 2 Arkansas.
OU posted six scores of 9.825 or better on floor in the third rotation to score a 49.375 on the event, its third-best team score on floor this season.
Ferguson once again posted a team-best score on floor with a 9.925. The score was Ferguson’s third straight 9.925 or higher on the event.
Olson scored a career-high 9.9 on floor in the second spot of the lineup. Olson’s previous best was a 9.875 set against Michigan State on March 11, 2011.
Lara Albright started the rotation for OU with a career-high-tying 9.85 in the leadoff position, while Brewer (9.825), Kayla Nowak (9.825) and Stone (9.875) all added scores of 9.825 or higher for the Sooners.
OU ended the night on beam with four straight scores of 9.9 or higher in the final four spots of the lineup to post the season-high 49.600 on the event.
Brewer scored a career-high 9.95 on beam in her first ever appearance in the lineup, stepping in for Clark.
Stone followed Brewer with a 9.9 before Taylor Spears posted a career-high 9.925. Ferguson closed the meet with a career-high-tying and season-high 9.95 on beam.
Nowak kicked off the final rotation with a career-high-tying and season-high 9.875 on beam in the leadoff position. Nowak’s previous best in 2012 was a 9.825, which she set four times this year.
The Sooners return home for a tri-meet with No. 21 Michigan and TWU on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., at the Lloyd Noble Center.
Friday is Mardi Gras Masquerade night at OU women’s gymnastics. The first 500 fans will receive light-up OU necklaces while 50-cent hot dogs and cokes will be available for purchase at the meet while supplies last. Bring your own mask or make one on the concourse prior to the meet while supplies last.