Jan. 30, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma women's gymnast Leticia Ishii earned Big 12 Gymnast-of-the-Week honors, the conference announced today. It was the second conference gymnast-of-the-week award Ishii's won in her career.

Ishii, a sophomore, is coming off a solid performance over the weekend in a tri-meet in Denton, Texas, in which she won the all-around (39.450) as well as the balance beam (9.900). The Brazilian native, whose AA score was her highest this season, led OU to victories over Texas Woman's University and Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

With the help of Ishii, the Sooners set a season high in points scored (196.225) as well as garnering a ninth-place ranking in the national polls. The sophomore is currently tied for 12th in the country in the all-around with an average score of 39.150 and has won three AA titles in four competitions this year.

Oklahoma (8-1) takes on No. 5 Nebraska in Lincoln Saturday at 7:30 p.m.