LINCOLN, Neb. -- The No. 6 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team finished in third place after posting a 195.350 at the 2006 Big 12 Championship in Lincoln, Neb., held at the Bob Devaney Sports Center tonight.
Iowa State took the team title with a 196.425, Nebraska came in second (196.275), OU third (195.350) and Missouri finished fourth (194.850).
“I was proud with the way we competed tonight, everybody gave it their all,” said head coach Steve Nunno. "My hat goes off to Iowa State for having an incredible meet. You can see why they are ranked No. 4 in the nation."
The Sooners (10-8) scored in order a 48.850 on bars, 48.900 on balance beam, 49.100 on floor exercise and a 48.500 on vault. Brittney Koncak-Schumann won the all-around competition with a 39.425. It marked her seventh all-around victory of the season. She becomes only the second Sooner to be crowned champion in program history. Kasie Tamayo won the competition in 2004.
"Brittney (Koncak-Schumann) had a great meet tonight," Nunno said. "I'm really proud of her and the hard work she puts in both in the gym and classroom."
Oklahoma started the night on bars with sophomore Stephanie LoPiccolo recording the team's highest score (9.85) to finish in a tie for first. Koncak-Schumann posted a 9.8, Lori Winn scored a 9.775 and Redmond recorded a 9.75.
The Sooners are ranked No. 14 in the nation on bars this season with their top team score coming against Texas Woman's University (49.450) on March 3. OU's 48.850 was the lowest score on the event since Feb. 17 against Missouri (48.725).
On the next rotation, the Sooners moved to beam where they are ranked No. 6 in the nation. Freshman Ashley Jackson led off for Oklahoma, scoring a 9.75. Koncak-Schumann scored a meet team-high 9.85 and both Winn and DeProspero finished with a 9.75.
Heading into the third rotation the Sooners sat in third place (97.750) behind Iowa State (97.925) and Nebraska (98.250). However, three solid routines on floor by DeProspero (9.85), Redmond (9.85) and Koncak-Schumann (9.9) helped move Oklahoma closer to the lead. The mark for Koncak-Schumann earned her a tie for second place with Nebraska's Emily Parsons.
The Sooners ended the night on vault looking to capture the title. Jackson started OU off with a 9.7 and Kristen Cox followed with a 9.75. DeProspero recorded a 9.825 and Koncak-Schumann posted a 9.875, but two missed landings hurt the Sooners and it wasn't enough to move into first. The team's 48.500 was the lowest mark of the season for Oklahoma and just the second time this season that the squad posted a vault score lower than 49.000.
"It just shows how tough the Big 12 was this year," Nunno said. "We have competed against the top teams in the nation this season and going into regionals I like our chances."
Oklahoma captured its only Big 12 title in 2004 after recording a 196.950. During the Becky Switzer era, the Sooners won five Big 8 titles with the last one coming in 1993. In 2003, OU (197.025) finished in second place behind Nebraska (197.500).
Fox Sports Southwest will air Saturday's Big 12 Championship on Thursday, March 30, at 12:00 p.m. on a tape delay.
The Sooners will head back to Norman before competing in the NCAA Regionals in two weeks. The date and site will be announced on Monday, March 27. Check SoonerSports.com for the latest information and news on your Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team.
INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS (By Vote of Head Coaches)
GYMNAST OF THE YEAR - Janet Anson, Iowa State, Jr., Kansas City, Mo. - Ranked among the Tof Four nationally in all-around, vault and floor exercise.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR- Adrianne Perry, Missouri, Fr., Columbia, Mo. - Claimed eight all-around titles and six event crowns in her rookie year.
COACH OF THE YEAR- K.J. Kindler, Iowa State - Named Big 12 Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year, and her Cyclones' team has been No. 4 nationally from Mar. 6-20.