March 8, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team, currently ranked No. 7 in the nation and sporting a 10-2 record, takes on No. 12 Arizona (8-4) on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center. OU is coming off an impressive victory over No. 10 Iowa State last weekend, in which it notched a season-high team score of 197.000.
One of Oklahoma's two losses this season came at the hands of Arizona at the Maui Invitational on Jan. 4, when the Wildcats edged OU 194.650 to 194.425. Randi Liljenquist led the Wildcats with an all-around score of 39.425 in a meet that also included Michigan and Sacramento State.
"We're a more confident team now than in January," said OU head coach Steve Nunno. "At the Maui Invitational, we were in the lead for basically the whole meet and then we let it slip away with three falls on the bars. We've learned a lot since then and we're looking to have a good meet this Sunday."
Nunno is pleased with the team's No. 7 ranking, however he hopes the Sooners can prove a point against the Wildcats.
"We're pleased to be ranked seventh, but we can really open some eyes against Arizona," said Nunno. "They are a tough team that has been ranked in the top 10 all season. If we can win handily, we'll show we really belong and then when the national championships get here, we'll have the confidence we need."
Oklahoma continues its three-meet homestand next Sunday, March 17, as the Texas Woman's Pioneers visit Norman. The Big 12 championships will be held in Lincoln, Neb., on March 23.