Team Effort Propels Sooners Past Arkansas

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 14, 2014

  Vault Bars Beam Floor Total
Oklahoma 49.575 49.125 49.325 49.400 197.425
Arkansas 49.250 49.000 49.050 49.350 196.650

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 Event Winners
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Vault Haley Scaman (OU)  10.0
 Bars Keeley Kmieciak (OU)  9.85
 Beam Taylor Spears (OU)  9.95
 Floor Katherine Grable (UA)  9.975
 AA Katherine Grable (UA)  39.625
 OU Team Highs
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Vault Haley Scaman  10.0
 Bars Keeley Kmieciak  9.85
 Beam Taylor Spears  9.95
 Floor Haley Scaman  9.95

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The No. 2 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team earned its 15th win of the season and 10th over a ranked opponent in a 197.425-196.650 win over No. 16 Arkansas on Friday night. The Sooners won three of four individual event titles on the road while posting a 49.300 or higher on three of four events.

"The slow start (on bars) didn't seem to inhibit us at all--on vault, we had one of our best performances in at least a month," head coach K.J. Kindler said. "They warmed up like that and you could see it in her eyes that they were going to nail it. We fixed a lot of landings and I'm very pleased. Floor was very on point and very precise. They did a good job there and showed good energy, and balance beam fought through a mistake."

OU was led by Haley Scaman's third 10.0 of the season and first-ever on vault as the sophomore won the event title. Scaman is now the first Sooner in program history to earn three perfect 10.0s as well as the first to earn a 10.0 on multiple events. 

"Overall, what I think has grown in Haley is this inner confidence she possesses," Kindler remarked. "She just truly believes every time that she steps out on the floor that (she) is going to be perfect. She attacks everything and she's extremely aggressive."

Senior Taylor Spears took top honors on beam, scoring a 9.95 to lead Oklahoma on the event. Keeley Kmieciak also earned her third title of the season and first on bars as she won the event with a 9.85.

The Sooners opened the evening on bars, picking up a 49.125 behind Keeley Kmieciak's team-best 9.85. Taylor Spears anchored Oklahoma with a 9.825, earning a score identical to teammate McKenzie Wofford's 9.825 in the No. 4 slot. Rebecca Clark lead off with a 9.8 and Scaman picked up a 9.8 in the No. 3 spot.

The Razorbacks opened with a 49.250 on vault, paced by senior Katherine Grable's team-high 9.925. After one rotation, UA lead the Sooners 49.250-49.125. 

Oklahoma bounced back in a big way in its second rotation, exploding for its second-highest score of the season in a 49.575. Momentum drove the Sooners every step of the way, culminating in Scaman's career-best 10.0 in the anchor position. Maile'ana Kanewa earned a 9.95 in the No. 3 spot, her second in two meets, and Chayse Capps earned a 9.9 to finish fourth overall. Kara Lovan picked up a 9.875, and Charity Jones added a 9.85 to aid the Sooners.

Efforts of 9.825 from Shelby Salmon and Amanda Wellick led the Razorbacks to a 49.000 on bars. Oklahoma captured the lead back from UA after two rotations, holding a 98.700-98.250 advantage.

Oklahoma picked up a 49.400 on floor in the third rotation, paced by Scaman's team-best effort of 9.95. Lara Albright continued her consistent ways on the event, earning a 9.9 for her eighth effort of 9.9 or higher this year on the event. Kanewa earned a 9.875 in the No. 4 position, while Lovan picked up a 9.85 to boost OU's efforts. 

Grable's 9.925 on beam led Arkansas to a 49.050 on the event. OU maintained its advantage after three rotations with a 148.100 to the Razorbacks' 147.300. 

OU wrapped up the evening with a 49.325 on beam, marking the ninth time this season the Sooners have broken the 49.300 mark on the event. Spears' meet-high 9.95 led the Sooners alongside 9.9 efforts from Capps and Erica Brewer. Impressively enough, all three of OU's highest scores on the event came after a fall in the middle of the lineup. Lovan added a 9.825 effort for the Sooners in the No. 2 position. 

"I personally felt that was Chayse's best routine on beam this year," Kindler said. "Taylor and Becca did what they always do. They have experience and they were so calm. That's a confidence that comes from knowing you've got it, you've practiced it a million times."

Arkansas earned a 49.350 on floor, including a 9.975 from Grable, but it wouldn't be enough to catch up to the Sooners. 

Oklahoma will finish regular season competition with a 15-2 mark overall. The Sooners are set to open postseason action next weekend as they travel to Morgantown, W.Va., for the 2014 Big 12 Championships. The meet is slated for a 3 p.m. CT start on Saturday, March 22. The Sooners will be pursuing their 12th Big 12 Championship and sixth under head coach K.J. Kindler.




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