Feb. 21, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The sixth-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics team (7-2) is preparing to travel to Columbia, Mo., for a meet with No. 20 Missouri (3-4) and Centenary (9-5) on Friday, Feb. 22. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. at the Hearnes Center.

The Sooners are coming off a 194.575 to 193.350 victory over Boise State in Boise, Idaho, last weekend. Oklahoma posted a season-high team score on the vault with a 49.125. Sophomore Leah Mueller finished first on the event with a career-high 9.950, while sophomore Kasie Tamayo and senior Mariana Goncalves tied for second with a 9.875. Tamayo won the all-around competition with a 38.825, while taking second on the uneven bars with a 9.825.

Missouri enters the meet off a 195.425 to 194.750 win over Ball State at home last weekend. The team score was an MU all-time high, while the Tigers' 49.225 score on the uneven bars set a school record as well. MU notched a 48.600 on the vault, which was a season high and the team's fourth highest score in school history.

"We are hoping to regroup this week and have a meet like we did at Georgia," said OU head coach Steve Nunno. "This will be one of our toughest meets of the season, and Missouri is doing well right now. There will be little room for error this weekend."

Centenary, a Division II school, opened its season at 0-4. After winning the Gershon Invitational on Feb. 1 and defeating Winona State a week later, the Ladies moved their record to 9-5.

"Centenary is a Division II program, but they should not be overlooked," said Nunno. "We need to post a good away score in order to boost our regional qualifying score."