| No. 3 Oklahoma vs. Michigan State, No. 12 Minnesota, TWU
Sunday, March 9 | 2 p.m.
|Be There|| Kitty Magee Arena (Denton, Texas)
|Watch Live||TWUAthletics.com (Pioneer Broadcast Network)|
|Follow Live||Live Stats | Twitter (@OU_WGymnastics)|
|Pre-Meet Info||Game Notes (PDF)|
IN THE GYM: NOTES AND NUMBERS FOR WEEK NINE
1. BUSY WEEKEND
The No. 3 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team will wrap up a busy two-meet weekend on the road in Texas Sunday afternoon. OU is set for a quad meet with Michigan State, No. 12 Minnesota and TWU in Denton, Texas at 2 p.m. tomorrow. The squad will arrive at Kitty Magee Arena fresh off a 197.450-194.150 victory over Arizona State on Friday, March 7.
2. SENIOR NIGHT RECAP
Oklahoma's win over Arizona State was a night full of shining individual performances. OU received three scores of 9.975 or higher, including one perfect 10.0 from Haley Scaman on floor. She is the first Sooner to earn multiple 10.0s in the same season and joins Kiara Redmond as the only Oklahoma gymnast ever to earn multiple 10.0s in her career. Senior Taylor Spears also had an outstanding evening in her final career home meet. She earned the event title on beam with a career-high-tying 9.975 and also tied her career-best on bars with a 9.95 to finish in second.
3. POSTSEASON APPROACHING
With the Sooners in the midst of a three-meet stretch that spans eight total days, the squad is well on its way toward postseason competition. Tomorrow's quad meet in Texas will be OU's midpoint, and the team will close the regular season at Arkansas on March 14. Postseason competition will begin on March 22 with Big 12 Championships in Morgantown, W.Va., against Iowa State and West Virginia. NCAA Regional contests will take place on April 5 at six campus sites across the country, and the 2014 NCAA Championships are slated for April 18-20 in Birmingham, Ala.
4. HOT STARTS
After two fight-to-the-finish wins over the past two weeks, Coach Kindler remarked that her team needed to continue to work on fast starts. Oklahoma’s four highest team totals of the season came from four meets with “hot starts” (at Metroplex, vs. LSU, at Arizona, vs. Georgia). The team’s top four highest event scores on vault and bars--the first two events of each meet--have all come from those same four meets, and the Sooners went 5-1 in those contests. Fast starts will continue to be key down the stretch for OU as it approaches postseason competition.
NUMBER TO WATCH
7...The Sooners have posted a 49.300 or better on balance beam seven times this season. No other team in the nation has gone above a 49.3 on beam more times than OU, so it’s unsurprising that Oklahoma is ranked No. 1 in the country on the event. OU also has an NCAA-best four gymnasts ranked in the top 25 individually on the event (Erica Brewer, Chayse Capps, Rebecca Clark and Taylor Spears).