COLUMBIA, Mo. The No. 6-ranked Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team recorded its highest cumulative point total of the season en route to a 196.100-196.000 victory over No. 11 Missouri at the Hearnes Arena tonight.
The Sooners snapped a three-meet losing skid and earned their first Big 12 Conference win of the season. OU moves to a 5-6 overall record and 1-2 in Big 12 action. The Tigers fall to 4-8 on the season and are still winless (0-5) in conference meets. Oklahoma is now 39-11-1 all-time versus Missouri and has won the last three meetings.
“I’m real proud of the girls tonight,” said head coach Steve Nunno. “Overall, we had a great team performance and it is nice to get our first win of the season in the Big 12.”
In the all-around competition, junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann scored a 39.350 to earn first-place honors. Missouri’s Adrianne Perry finished in second with a 39.125 and Sooner Haley DeProspero came in third with a 38.675.
Following the first rotation, the Sooners tallied a 48.725 on the uneven bars. Lori Winn and Stephanie LoPiccolo both recorded a 9.8 to finish in a tie for third. Sarah Zigler of Missouri won the event with a 9.85.
On the next event, Oklahoma recorded one of their lowest team scores of the season on vault (48.975). Senior Kristen Cox recorded the best finish for OU with a season-high 9.85 and second place. Koncak-Schuman came in a tie for third with a 9.825 and both Tiffany Willin and DeProspero recorded a 9.775.
The Sooners moved to floor exercise on the next rotation and won the team event recording a 49.150. Koncak-Schumann earned first-place honors after performing a season-high 9.9. Kiara Redmond, Willin and Winn all recorded a 9.85 to finish in a tie for fourth. The 9.85 marked a season high for Willin.
Oklahoma finished the night on balance beam and did so in fine fashion. In previous meets, the Sooners had struggled on the event with falls and failing to stick landings. However, this wasn’t the case tonight with the team recording a season-high 49.250 and giving them the victory.
“We did a great job on the balance beam,” Nunno said. “We saw tremendous improvement from past meets and it is really what gave us the win tonight.”
Winn tied her career high with a 9.9 on beam and finished in a tie for first place with Tiger Lauren Schwartzman. Koncak-Schumann finished in third place (9.875) and DeProspero in fourth (9.85).
Oklahoma will be back in action on Feb. 24 when the team heads to Baton Rouge, La., to face No. 13 LSU. Two days later, the Sooners head to Shreveport, La., to take on Centenary in the first of two meetings. OU 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.