BATON ROUGE, La. -- The No. 5 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team recorded its highest team score of the season en route to a 196.950-196.575 defeat over No. 11 LSU at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La., tonight.
For the first time this season, Oklahoma posted a 49.000 or higher on all four events and hit 24-of-24 routines.
The Sooners move to a 6-6 overall record (1-2 Big 12) and are 4-1 in road dual meets. The Tigers fall to 8-6 (2-2 SEC) and are 2-2 in home dual meets this season.
Head coach Steve Nunno earned his 100th win of his career with the victory. In just his sixth season as coach, Nunno has recorded a 100-64 (.609) career record.
“It’s a great win for the program,” said head coach Steve Nunno. “I think it really shows the dedication and hard work our gymnasts put in. I’m really proud of the team.”
In the all-around competition, LSU’s April Burkholder scored a 39.650 to earn first-place honors. Junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann finished in second after posting a season-high 39.500. Kiara Redmond finished in fourth (39.350) and Haley DeProspero came in fifth (39.275).
The Sooners started the night on bars where they recorded a 49.050 and had three gymnasts tie career highs. Koncak-Schuman led the way posting a season-high 9.9 and earning a tie for first place. Junior Lori Winn recorded a 9.85 which also tied for a career high and landed her a fourth-place finish. Caitlin Hinkis finished in fifth with a 9.825 and tied her career high.
Unfortunately, OU trailed the Tigers 49.450-49.050 following the first rotation. LSU posted three scores of 9.9 or higher on vault which earned them a team season-high score on the apparatus.
Moving to the next event, the Sooners posted a team season-high 49.375 on vault and took a 98.425-98.075 lead over the Tigers. OU was led by Redmond who recorded a career-high 9.925 and earned a tie for second place. DeProspero tallied a 9.9, Tiffany Willin a 9.875 and Ashley Jackson recorded a career-high 9.85.
On floor exercise, Oklahoma extended its lead to 147.600-147.075 over the Tigers. The Sooners tied their season team-high score on the event with a 49.175. Koncak-Schumann posted a 9.9 which was good enough for a tie for third and Redmond recorded a 9.875 and finished in fifth.
The Sooners concluded the meet on beam where they posted a team season-high 49.350. Koncak-Schumann finished in a tie for first (9.9) and Remond finished in a tie for third (9.875).
“Our team is really starting to gel,” Nunno said. “We are looking forward to having our next two meets at home and showing our fans what a great team we have.”
Oklahoma will be back in Norman on March 3 to face Texas Woman’s University for the second time this season. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Howard McCasland Field House. The Sooners defeated the Pioneers 195.900-191.250 earlier in the season at the TWU Triangular with Air Force.
The following week, OU will host Centenary on March 10 in what will be Senior Night for Coral Borda, Tara Anderson and Kristen Cox. The meet will be held at the Lloyd Noble Center and will begin at 7p.m.