| No. 1 Oklahoma at Perfect 10 Challenge
(No. 5 Alabama, No. 7 Michigan, West Virginia)
Friday, Feb. 21 | 6:45 p.m.
|Be There|| Cox Convention Center and Arena (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Cox Convention Center Online | 1-800-745-3000
Students admitted free with valid university ID
|Watch Live|| Sooner Sports TV
Fox Sports Southwest+, Fox College Sports Central
|Follow Live||Live Stats|
|Pre-Meet Info||Game Notes (PDF)|
IN THE GYM: NOTES AND NUMBERS FOR WEEK SEVEN
1. NUMBER ONE AGAIN
The Sooners will enter the seventh week of the regular season ranked No. 1 in the country after posting a 198.175 victory in the Metroplex Challenge last weekend. This is the fourth week this year that OU has been the top-ranked team in the country. Oklahoma will look to use the performance as a momentum boost in this weekend’s Perfect 10 Challenge in Oklahoma City against No. 5 Alabama, No. 7 Michigan and West Virginia. OU has scored a 197 or better in five meets this year, including three scores of 197.500 or higher.
2. PRIDE AND HEART
“I saw heart, and that’s what it’s all about.” Oklahoma head coach K.J. Kindler summarized her team’s performance in just one word. Heart characterized OU’s victory over No. 3 LSU, No. 17 Arizona and Kentucky last weekend--after falling behind LSU early in the meet, the Sooners fought back, displaying an impressive will to win the meet and make a statement. Oklahoma picked up two of its best three scores of the season (bars-49.575 and floor-49.625), regaining the lead following the second rotation and never surrendering. The Sooners posted 13 individual performances that set or tied career-highs while winning or tying for individual event titles on three apparatuses.
3. NEW FACES
A crucial component of Oklahoma’s efforts has been new faces in all four lineups, both from true freshman performers as well as new additions on each event this season. After competing as a vault specialist last year, sophomore Maile’ana Kanewa has been added to OU’s floor lineup and has also seen competition on bars and beam. Her floor routine, highlighted by an impressive difficulty level, earned her a 9.925 at the Metroplex Challenge last week. She also posted a 9.925 beam routine in exhibition and a 9.85 vault effort. Freshman Charity Jones debuted in competition on bars, capturing a 9.9 score, while classmate Kara Lovan made only her second appearance on floor and also picked up a 9.9. Freshmen and lineup staples McKenzie Wofford and Chayse Capps both earned career-best 9.975s on bars and beam, respectively.
4. AWARDS KEEP ROLLING
The Sooners executed a sweep of the Big 12 award listing for the second time this season following their Metroplex win. Sophomore Haley Scaman took home Gymnast of the Week honors after posting a 10.0 on floor and 9.9+ scores on both bars and vault, while sophomore Madison Mooring earned her first Event Specialist of the Week award for her 9.9 vault and 9.925 beam efforts. Chayse Capps rounded out the listing, picking up Newcomer of the Week accolades for the fourth time this season.
NUMBER TO WATCH
10.0: At last week’s Metroplex Challenge, sophomore Haley Scaman became the first Sooner since 2010 to score a perfect 10.0 on any event. Scaman earned a 10.0 on floor, becoming only the second Sooner in program history to earn a perfect score on the event. Scaman, Chayse Capps (beam) and McKenzie Wofford (bars) round out the list of Sooners to earn a 10.0 from at least one judge this season.