NORMAN, Okla. The No. 6 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team fell to No. 9 Iowa State 196.275-196.050 inside the Howard McCasland Field House tonight.
The Sooners move to a 4-5 overall record and 0-2 in Big 12 Conference action despite scoring the team's highest cumulative point total of the season. Oklahoma is 1-2 at home this season and 1-5 versus ranked opponents. OU’s lone home victory of the season came against Southern Utah on Jan. 20.
“We encountered more problems on beam tonight,” said head coach Steve Nunno. “I thought we did better on floor and bars but we still have room for improvement.”
Iowa State’s Janet Anson won the individual all-around competition recording a season-high 39.425. Freshman Haley DeProspero had the best finish for the Sooners in the all-around recording a 39.275 and a third-place finish.
DeProspero also led the Sooners on vault posting a 9.85 and earning third place. Junior Brittney Koncack-Schumann finished in fourth place with a 9.825 and sophomore Kiara Redmond recorded a 9.8 and a tie for fifth. As a team, Oklahoma is currently the No. 4 vault team in the nation with a 49.156 season average.
Up 49.000-48.950 heading into the second rotation, the Sooners posted a season-high 49.125 on the uneven bars. DeProspero took the individual honors posting a career-high 9.9 and Lori Winn tied her career high with a 9.85 and finished in a tie for second place. Following the second rotation, Oklahoma led the Cyclones 98.125-98.025.
On beam, the Cyclones took advanatage of Oklahoma's struggles and took the lead 147.100-146.875 at the conclusion of the third rotation. Koncak-Schumann was the highlight on beam for OU after recording a season-high 9.9 to earn a tie for first place with Iowa State’s Laura-Kay Powell. Winn and DeProspero both performed a 9.825 and finished in a tie for fourth.
Oklahoma finished the meet on the floor exercise where they recorded a 49.175 team score. Kiara Redmond had a solid performance posting a 9.9 and finished in a tie for first with Powell of Iowa State. Koncak-Schumann posted a season-high 9.875 and to earn a tie for third.
“I think we are getting better each meet,” Nunno said. “We have a big meet on Sunday and we are excited to face No. 1 Georgia. I think we have the right team and difficulty to be able to beat Georgia.”
The Sooners will hit the road for the next four meets competing against three teams currently ranked in the top 15. OU will head to Athens, Ga., this Sun., Feb. 12 to face No. 1 Georgia. The Gym Dogs are the defending national champions and carry an unblemished 8-0 record. The Sooners will be back in Norman on March 3 to face Texas Woman’s University. The meet is slated to start at 7 p.m. in the Howard McCasland Field House.