Women's Gymnastics Faces No. 11 Missouri

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 15, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 6 University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team will look to get back on the winning track when it heads to Columbia, Mo., on Feb. 17 to face No. 11 Missouri.  The meet is slated to start at 7 p.m. at the Hearnes Arena. 

The Sooners enter the meet carrying a 4-6 overall record and are 0-2 in Big 12 action.  Oklahoma is 1-6 on the season versus ranked opponents and holds a 2-1 record on the road.  The Sooners will be on the road for the next two weeks facing two teams (Missouri, LSU) ranked in the top 15 before hosting Texas Woman’s University on March 3 in the Howard McCasland Field House.

“Missouri has one of its best teams ever,” said head coach Steve Nunno.  “The Tigers are looking for their first conference win of the season just like us.  They will be hungry for a win and looking to prove themselves.  We are coming off a decent performance at Georgia and if we can polish up a few things we should have a good chance to win this weekend.”

Meet Notes | OU Women's Gymnastics | Live Scoring

The Sooners are coming off a tough loss to No. 1 Georgia at the Stegeman Coliseum in front of 9,051 fans Sunday.  OU posted a 195.950 but fell short to Georgia’s 197.475.    The Gym Dogs posted their highest cumulative point total of the season in the win and swept all four team and individual events.  In the all-around competition, Georgia’s Courtney Kupets scored the SEC’s highest mark of the year at 39.6 to earn first place.  Junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann recorded a 39.400 and finished in third place while teammate Haley DeProspero earned fourth (39.100). 

The Sooners continue to prove dominance on the vault and are currently ranked No. 5 nationally as a team with a 49.117 average.  Brittney Koncak-Schumann is ranked No. 5 individually with a 9.879 season average.  The Sooners’ team season high for vault is 49.350 set against Southern Utah on Jan. 20.  Oklahoma has won the team vault event at every meet this season except for two (Cancun Classic, Georgia).     

Missouri is coming off a victory over No. 22 Illinois and holds a 4-7 overall record.  The Tigers are 0-4 versus Big 12 Conference opponents this season and are 1-1 in home contests.  Missouri has had success on both the uneven bars and beam this year.  As a team, the Tigers are ranked No. 5 on the balance beam and No. 9 on bars.  Lauren Schwartzman is ranked No. 3 nationally on the beam with a 9.862 season average and fellow teammate Jodie Heinicka is ranked in a tie for fourth nationally on bars with a 9.9 average.   

Oklahoma has defeated Missouri in the previous two meetings.  Last season, the Sooners defeated the Tigers in the Oklahoma Invitational held in Norman.  OU swept all four events and posted a 196.50 in the victory.  Missouri came in second with a 193.325.  At the 2005 Big 12 Championship OU finished in third with a 195.5 just ahead of Missouri’s fourth-place finish (194.875).

Georgia Recap
The No. 6 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team fell short to No. 1 Georgia 197.475-195.950 in front of 9,051 fans at the Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga.. 

The Sooners move to a 4-6 overall record and are 0-2 in Big 12 Conference action.  Oklahoma is now 1-6 versus ranked opponents on the season and 2-1 in road contests.   The Gym Dogs are a perfect 10-0 and recorded their highest final score of the season.

In the all-around competition, Georgia’s Courtney Kupets scored the SEC’s highest mark of the year at 39.6 while fellow Gym Dog Tiffany Tolnay finished in second with another career-high 39.5.  Junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann recorded a 39.400 and finished in third place while teammates Haley DeProspero earned fourth (39.100) and Kiara Redmond finished in fifth (38.325).

Oklahoma started the meet on bars and posted a 48.875 team score.  Koncak-Schumann had the best finish for the Sooners in the event recording a 9.875 which was good enough for a tie for third place.  Coral Borda recorded a 9.825 and a tie for fifth in her first appearance on the event this season.  Following the first rotation the Gym Dogs took the lead 49.425-48.875. 

On the next rotation, OU looked to regain the lead on vault which has been their best event of the season.  The Sooners posted a 49.075 team score but still trailed the Gym Dogs 98.775-97.950.  Junior Tiffany Willin had the best finish for OU after posting a 9.85 and a tie for fourth place.

On floor exercise, Redmond posted a 9.875 and earned a tie for second.  Koncak-Schumann finished in a tie for sixth with Georgia’s Audrey Bowers after recording a 9.85.

The Sooners’ beam struggles continued with only Koncak-Schumann and Borda posting higher then a 9.8.  Koncak-Schumann recorded a 9.875 and finished in second place and Borda performed a 9.825 and earned a tie for fifth.

Iowa State, Georgia Leftovers
Oklahoma posted a team season-high 49.125 on uneven bars and recorded their highest final team score (196.050) of the season versus Iowa State ... freshman Haley DeProspero posted the best individual performance for the Sooners versus Iowa State ... DeProspero recorded a career-high 9.9 to earn first-place honors on the uneven bars and finished in third for the all-around competition with a meet team-high 39.275 ...  DeProspero also finished in third on the vault with a 9.85 ... against Georgia, Brittney Koncak-Schumann fell just shy of winning the all-around competition after performing a 39.400 which was good enough for third place ... Koncak-Schumann recorded the best individual performance for OU on the balance beam with a 9.875 and a second-place finish.

The Rankings
The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team sits at No. 6 in the latest GymInfo poll for the  third consecutive week.  The Sooners are first in both the South Central region and Big 12 Conference with a team-score average of 195.525.  Iowa State is No. 2 (195.260),  Nebraska is No. 3 (195.242) and Missouri No. 4 (195.117).   

In addition, Oklahoma’s vault team is ranked No. 5 nationally (49.117), No. 7 on uneven bars (48.854), No. 7 on balance beam (48.662) and No. 6 on floor exercise (48.892). 

Individually, the Sooners have also made a mark in the top 25.  Junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann is the fifth-ranked vaulter in the nation with an average of 9.879.  Koncak-Schumann also sits No. 26 in the nation for the all-around with an average score of 39.050.

Freshman Haley DeProspero is ranked No. 17 on balance beam with a 9.8 scoring average and is right behind Koncak-Schumann in the all-around at No. 27 with a 39.037 average.

The Sooners’ highest ranking in school history was acheived during the 2005 season when OU moved to No. 3.  That same year OU was ranked No. 5 for one week.  
Big 12 Conference
The Big 12 continues to establish itself as one of the best conferences in the country with all four teams currently ranked in the top 15.  The Big 12 is the only conference with four teams ranked in the top 15.  The Sooners lead the way at No. 6 (195.525) for the third consecutive week, followed by Iowa State No. 7 (195.260), Nebraska No. 8 (195.242) and Missouri No. 11 (195.117) .  Nebraska has posted the highest team score this season in the Big 12 with a 196.850 set against Oklahoma on Feb. 4.  Nebraska’s Emily Parsons leads the Big 12 in the all-around competition with an average score of 39.246.  Brittney Koncak-Schumann sits in seventh place with a season-high 39.425 set at the TWU triangular meet and a 39.050 season average.

Freshman Sensation
Haley DeProspero has started her career as a Sooner in fine fashion.  The Freshman from McKinney, Texas, has recorded individual top honors four times this season and has earned four second-place finishes.  The balance beam has been one of DeProspero’s best events as she leads the team with a 9.8 average.  Her 9.9 on bars against Iowa State and 9.9 on floor exercise versus Southern Utah is a team season high.     

Looking Ahead
The Sooners continue their road trip after Missouri with two more meets away from Norman.  On Feb. 24, the Sooners will face No. 13 LSU in Baton Rouge, La..  Two days later OU will travel to Shreveport, La., to face Centenary in the first of two meetings this season.

Scouting Missouri
In 2005, the Missouri Tigers recorded their best finish in program history with a final ranking of No. 14 and a third place finish at the 2005 NCAA South Central Regional with a 195.100.  Head Coach Rob Drass enters his six season as head coach and carries a 61-51 career record.  The Tigers hold a 4-7 overall record in 2006 and competed at the Super Six Challenge in their first meet of the season.  The Tigers finished  in sixth place (192.700) at the event in a very talented field.  Mizzou has defeated Arkansas, Centenary, Air Force and Illinois and is 4-2 in their last five meets.

The 2006 team is led by seniors Jodie Heinicka, Lauren Schwartzman and Sarah Ziger.  Freshmen Alicia Hatcher and Adrianne Perry also highlight a very talented squad.    All three Missouri seniors have made important contributions to the squad this season. Heinicka is tied for fourth nationally on bars with a 9.9 average and has scored a 9.925 in four meets this season. Schwartzman is the anchor for the beam team and was the 2004 Big 12 beam champion.  She has recorded a 9.950 on the event twice this season.

Sooners vs. Tigers..Last Time Out
The last time OU and Missouri met in Columbia in a dual meet dates back to the 2004 season.  The Sooners lost to the Tigers 197.000-196.650 despite leading after three rotations.  OU won on vault, bars and floor but had to count two falls on beam posting a season-low 48.525.  The Sooners have defeated the Tigers in the previous two meetings including a 196.50-195.325 victory during the Oklahoma Invitational in Norman last season.  OU also finished one spot better in last year’s Big 12 Championship.  The Sooners finished in third (195.50) and Missouri came in fourth (194.875).     

Tigers in the Rankings
The Tigers have typically been stronger on vault and floor in years past; however, this season Mizzou has reversed that trend with consistent scores on bars and beam. Currently, the Tigers rank fifth on beam and ninth on bars in the country with averages of 48.796 and 48.883, respectively.  Missouri is also No. 1 in the Big 12 on beam with a 48.796 season average and No. 2 on bars with a 48.833 average.   Lauren Schwartzman leads the Tigers on balance beam with a 9.862 season average and is ranked No. 3 nationally.  Jodie Heinicka holds a 9.9 season average on the unven bars and is ranked in a tie for fourth nationally. 

Mizzou Event Season Highs
Individual: 9.875 (Adrianne Perry)
Team: 49.075

Uneven Bars
Individual: 9.925 (Jodie Heinicka - Four Times)
Team: 49.125

Balance Beam
Individual: 9.95 (Lauren Schwartzman - Twice)
Team: 49.175 

Floor Exercise
Individual: 9.9 (Lauren Schwartzman)
Team: 49.125

Individual: 39.3 (Adrianne Perry)
Team: 195.950

Nunno Signs World Champion
The University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team was proud to announce the signing of World Champion Hollie Vise to a National Letter of Intent. 
Vise is arguably the best recruit head coach Steve Nuuno has signed in his five-year tenure at Oklahoma. She is the current World Champion on uneven bars and has been an International Elite gymnast since the age of 11.

“It’s a great day for Oklahoma women’s gymnastics,” said coach Nunno. “Hollie will bring world championship experience to our team next year. We have never had an athlete come in that has had a World Champion title.”

Along with earning World Champion honors, Vise was also the National Champion on balance beam and silver medalist in the all-around in 2003. In 2002, she was the National Champion in both the uneven bars and balance beam and a silver medalist in the all-around. In 2001, she earned a silver medal in the all-around and was National Champion on uneven bars.

“Hollie will bring OU gymnastics to a whole new level and a push for a national title in the future,” said coach Nunno. “She not only brings great accolades as a gymnast, but she will also excel in the classroom. We expect her to be a tremendous student-athlete.” 

Vise is a member of the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy and was on the first-place 2003 World Champion team. She is the daughter of Eddie and LeeAnn Vise and has three brothers: Brandon (22), Brad (17) and Weston (15). She started gymnastics when she was three and enjoys shopping, watching movies and riding her bike. 
Hollie’s grandfather, Burton Gilliam, is an actor and has appeared in many movies and tv shows: Paper Moon, Blazing Saddles, Back to the Future, Charlie’s Angels, Alice Evening Show and is the Pace Picante man.  For more information on Vise you can visit her personal Web Site at Hollievise.com.

Oklahoma native Shannon Miller was the last gymnast Nunno has coached with World Champion honors. He helped lead Miller to two world championship titles, nine world championship medals and seven Olympic medals, including a pair of golds at the 1996 Olympic Games.

Koncak-Schumann Named  Big 12 Gymnast of the Week (Jan. 24)
Brittney Koncak-Schumann was named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 24 after winning the all-around with a 39.375 against Southern Utah. The junior from McQueeney, Texas, earned the award for the second time in her career.

“Brittney had a great meet against Southern Utah,” said head coach Steve Nunno.  “She is really starting to come back to her true form after suffering a knee injury her freshman year.”
Koncak-Schumann won the vault (9.95) and balance beam (9.875) while placing second on floor exercise (9.85) and tying for fourth on bars (9.70) in helping lead the Sooners to a 195.925-190.050 victory over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. Her vault score was a career high and her all-around total was the fourth best of her career. Koncak-Schumann is the nation’s third-ranked vaulter and 12th in the all-around.

“She is a great competitor and is more confident then ever before,” Nunno said.  “She feels like she has something to prove and shows it in her performance in the gym.”




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