Feb. 11, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's gymnastics team, ranked 16 nationally, looks to move its season record to 6-1 this Saturday as Texas Woman's University hosts Louisiana State University, the University of Illinois-Chicago and the Sooners in quad-meet competition. The meet is set to begin at 7 p.m. in Denton, Texas.

TWU enters the competition posting a 2-3 overall season record. The Pioneers were dealt a loss to Southern Utah (189.975 to 184.775) in their last outing. Oklahoma leads the OU/TWU 2000 series record 2-0 heading in competition this year. The OU women defeated the Pioneers (191.425-188.150) in their season opener in Denton, Texas and (194.800-187.950) in their last meeting in Norman, Okla. as the Sooners took top honor in all events. OU senior Amber McCracken collected the all-around titles in both meetings.

The sixth-ranked LSU gymnastics team shocked the No. 1 team in the land when it defeated Alabama, 196.325-196.250, last weekend. This was the first time any LSU gymnastics team had ever beaten a No.1-ranked team. LSU, 2-1 on the season, opened its last meet with a season-best performance on the vault (48.950) behind the winning score of 9.875 from senior Kerry Descalopoulis. Oklahoma, seventh nationally in the vault event, is in the running with LSU as its also posted its highest score (48.700) on the vault after McCracken landed a second-place finish with a 9.875 for the Sooners. McCracken, ranked sixth nationally in the vault, has posted three identical vault scores (9.875) this season. LSU is currently ranked seventh nationally on the floor exercise, while OU is listed at No. 17 in the event. This will the first meeting between OU and LSU this season.

In their first meet this season, Oklahoma defeated UIC (193.300-191.000) in Chicago, Ill. The Sooners led the Flames by taking top honors in four of five events. OU's Leticia Ishii highlighted the competition by claiming her first all-around title, which allowed her to win the Big 12 Gymnast of the Week award. UIC's Kim Ball tied McCracken for the first-place finish (9.750) on the uneven parallel bars. Sooner senior Ginger Russell dominated the balance beam competition as she topped all gymnasts in the event (9.825). Flame Sara Casica was the only other UIC gymnast to place in the top three in any event. Illinois-Chicago enters this contest after setting a season-high score last Sunday in route to a 193.025-186.975 victory over Centenary. The Flames won every event with Gabriella Brunn taking home the top spot in the floor exercise and the vault. UIC is named No. 19 in the country for its team balance beam performance.