Sooners Meet LSU in Top-Three Clash

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 07, 2014
 No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 LSU  |  Sunday, Feb. 9  |  1:45 p.m.
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For the second weekend in a row, the No. 2 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team will be part of one of the top-billed meets in the NCAA. The Sooners will welcome No. 3 LSU to Norman when the two teams face off on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 1:45 p.m. in the Lloyd Noble Center. The third-ranked Tigers are the highest-ranked opponent to visit Norman since No. 1 Alabama did so on March 5, 2010 (a 197.950-197.275 Sooner win). The last time OU welcomed a top-five foe to the LNC was on Feb. 22, 2013, when the Sooners upended No. 5 UCLA to the tune of 198.375-197.200.

2. THE 197 CLUB
Oklahoma continues to make its mark in the NCAA as a team as dominant on the road as it is at home. With two home meets and two away contests under their belt, the Sooners are the only team to break 197 in multiple road meets this season. Equally impressive at home, OU is one of four NCAA teams to post a 197 or higher three times this year, and the only team to post a 197.200 or higher at least three times. The Sooners earned a 197.700 in their season opener against Georgia and scores of 197.525 and 197.225 in back-to-back road meets at Arizona and Florida.

Oklahoma’s depth has shone in its first four meets of the season, with head coach K.J. Kindler remarking on the battle for lineup spots that continues to take place each week. Representatives from every class have seen time in the competition lineup for the Sooners, with 11 different OU team members earning lineup spots for various events. An additional four Sooners have appeared in exhibition performances, gaining valuable experience down the line for Oklahoma. In total, 15 of OU’s 17 team members have appeared in the lineup or as an exhibition in four meets this season.

The Sooners have opened 2014 with their strongest start yet on vault this season, earning a team score of 49.4 or higher on the event in all four meets. The last time OU earned four consecutive 49.4+ vault scores was late February and early March of 2013 (vs. UCLA, at TWU, vs. Arizona, vs. Stanford/UNC), showing that Oklahoma is already in mid-season form with room to grow. A pair of super sophomores have led the way for assistant coach Lou Ball’s vaulting corps: Keeley Kmieciak and Haley Scaman have both scored a 9.9 or higher on vault in all four meets this year. Both Scaman (No. 5) and Kmieciak (T-No. 11) are ranked in the top 15 nationally on vault.

OU’s meet against the third-ranked Tigers continues a stretch that will see the Sooners face five top 10 opponents over four weeks of competition. After a meet against then-No. 2 Florida last weekend, OU will take on LSU this Sunday before challenging the Tigers again on Feb. 15 and facing No. 6 Michigan and No. 7 Alabama at the Perfect 10 Challenge on Feb. 21 in Oklahoma City. The Sooners are set to face a total of eight top 25 opponents over the remainder of the regular season, including No. 3 LSU, No. 14 Illinois and No. 20 Arizona State at home.



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