March 21, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The sixth-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics team (12-2) is set to compete at the Big 12 Championships on Saturday, March 23, in Lincoln, Neb. Meet time with defending league champion Nebraska, Iowa State and Missouri is set for 7 p.m at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

The combination of No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 Nebraska and No. 8 Iowa State is sure to provide excitement and surprises. The Sooners enter the meet at 12-2, 2-0, while the Huskers carry a 11-2, 3-0 record. Iowa State, who has scored a Big 12-high 197.225, is 2-3 in the league and 9-6 overall. Missouri sits at 8-8 and 0-4 in conference action.

"We haven't won the conference championship in almost a decade," said OU head coach Steve Nunno. "Nebraska and Iowa State are good teams, but after several stellar performances last weekend at home, I know we are ready for the championship part of our season. If we hit our routines this weekend, I know that noboby in the Big 12 can beat us. At the same time, when you've got the sixth, seventh and eighth ranked teams in the country grouped together, it's anybody's meet. "

Sophomore Kasie Tamayo, Co-Big 12 Gymnast of the Week, is coming off her best meet of the season with a perfect 10.0 on the balance beam and a career-high 39.675 in the all-around. She earned a share of the school record on the beam and set a new school record in the all-around.

"I told the girls this week that they need to focus individually and do their very best in every event," added Nunno. "I believe we have a solid team this year and that we don't have a weakness in any event. We're a talented team with a lot of heart, and that's what it takes to win a championship."