NORMAN, Okla. - The No. 3 University of Oklahoma women's gymnastics team recorded its fourth win of the season after defeating Texas Woman's University on Saturday in Denton, Texas. Despite some struggles, the Sooners outscored the Pioneers in all four events and topped the opposition, 193.6-188.65.
"Everybody seemed to have problems tonight," said Oklahoma head coach Steve Nunno about the low scores. "We started off on uneven bars and had to count a fall right away. But the girls hit five routines in a row after that and it was great to seem them come together and overcome the early adversity.
"We felt really good about our vaulting performances and for the first time in awhile, we had five 10.0 start values in the event. The floor exercise was clean and we did not make any major mistakes, so going into our final event, the beam, we were in good shape. However, some odd things seemed to happen with falls and dismounts on the beam and that is unacceptable. Fortunately, Brittany Koncak was clutch and brought our confidence back up."
For the second consecutive week, sophomore Ashley Cooney and senior captain Erin LaBarr led the way for the Sooners placing first and second, respectively, in the all-around. Cooney also took first in the vault for the second time this season, recording a 9.9. Cooney went on to place second on the uneven bars (9.8), third on the beam (9.5) and second on the floor exercise (9.825).
LaBarr, the Big 12 Gymnast of the Week, took home the uneven bars title for the second time this season with a 9.875.
Junior Kristen Cox's 9.875 on the floor exercise was good enough for first place and sophomore Brittany Koncak won the balance beam (9.750) to complete the sweep for OU.
As a team, the Sooners' total score was comprised of a 48.950 on vault, 48.725 on uneven bars, 46.925 on the beam and a 49.0 on the floor, all meet highs.
OU (4-0) will return to action to host its first home meet of the season on Friday, Jan. 21, against Kent State University. Action will get underway at 7 p.m. inside the Lloyd Noble Center.
"I am proud of the girls' performance on three events and we know what we will work on this week in practice," added Nunno. "We need to clean up our routines and try not to be over confident like we were tonight. A lot of the trouble tonight was inexperience and our freshmen will get better as the season goes on and that will only make our team stronger in each event. We are looking forward to the home opener and performing in front of our fans this weekend."