Feb. 11, 2011
AMES, Iowa - The fifth-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics squad set a season-high score for the second consecutive week as the Sooners defeated No. 25 Iowa State, 197.225-195.375.
Oklahoma (9-0, 2-0 Big 12) became just the second team in the NCAA this season to score above a 197. OU set or tied season-highs on three of the four events (bars, beam and floor) and won all four event team titles for the fourth-time this year.
The Sooners won all four individual event titles, as 11 OU gymnasts set or tied their career-high scores. Sara Stone took home the vault and floor titles while Natasha Kelley won the bars and beam titles.
OU won its sixth meet over a ranked opponent this season against the Cyclones and extended its nation-leading regular-season win streak to 23.
The Sooners started the meet with a season-high score of 49.450 on bars. OU posted three scores of 9.9 or higher, with four gymnasts setting or tying career highs on the apparatus.
Kelley posted a career-high 9.95 in the anchor position to win the event title, while Megan Ferguson tied her career-high 9.925 and Taylor Spears scored a career-high 9.9.
OU added three scores of 9.825 or higher to help set the Sooners' season-high event score. Hayden Ward posted a career-high 9.85 in just her third appearance in the bar lineup, while Brie Olson and Kayla Nowak both scored a 9.825.
Prior to the meet, OU's highest team score on bars was a 49.200 and the best individual score was a 9.875.
OU extended its lead to 98.550-97.800 after the second rotation with a score of 49.100 on vault.
Sara Stone led the team with a 9.875 on the event. The junior has scored a 9.85 or higher on the apparatus in all seven competitions this season.
The Sooners added three scores of 9.825 on vault from Kelley, Olson and Madison Mooring.
OU tied its season-high score on floor with a 49.300 on the apparatus, with five scores of at least 9.825.
Stone led the team with a career-high 9.9 on floor in the anchor position, following a fall from Kayla Nowak in the fifth position. The score was just the second 9.9 for OU on floor this season.
Both freshmen in the floor lineup, Spears and Ward, added career-highs of 9.875 on the event, while Olson and Ferguson both posted 9.825s for the Sooners.
Oklahoma clinched the win over the Cyclones with a season-high 49.375 showing on beam in the final rotation.
Kelley led the team on the event with a career-high 9.925 in the anchor position.
Spears posted her third career-high of the night with a 9.9 on beam. Spears is currently ranked No. 8 nationally on the apparatus and has scored a 9.8 or higher in all seven competitions.
Ferguson scored a 9.9 on beam for the second-straight meet, while Nowak posted a career-high 9.875.
The Sooners return to Norman for their first home meet in four weeks as OU hosts No. 21 Missouri on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., at the Lloyd Noble Center for "OU has Heart" night.