No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 4 UCLA
Feb. 4 | 3 p.m. CT | Los Angeles, Calif. | Pauley Pavilion
|MATCHUP AT A GLANCE|
|2018 Ranking||No. 1||No. 4|
|2018 Scoring Average||197.733||197.094|
|2018 Team High||198.125||197.625|
NOTES AND NUMBERS FOR MEET FOUR
ON THE ROAD...AGAIN
The No. 1 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team competes in its second straight top-five road meet this weekend, facing No. 4 UCLA at 3 p.m. CT on Sunday in Los Angeles, Calif. The meet will air live on ESPN.
THE BEST OF THE BEST
After being one of the first two teams to break the 198 mark this season, the Sooners remained the No. 1 squad in the nation in this week’s national standings with an average score of 197.733. As a team, OU is ranked in first place on three of four events, including vault (49.467 average), bars (49.475) and beam (49.417), and jumped two spots to second place on floor (49.375).
In recent seasons, OU has proven itself to be as successful on the road at home. The start to its 2018 road slate was no exception as it posted a 197.550 at Georgia and followed that up with a 198.125, the two best away totals so far this season. The Sooners are 71-11 all-time on the road under 12th-year head coach K.J. Kindler and have picked up wins against 12 of their last 13 road opponents.
Of the top scores this season, all three of the Sooners’ rank in the top five. OU holds the second highest score with a total of 198.125 (at Florida). The season-opening score of 197.550 (at Georgia) ranks fourth, and the home opener score of 197.525 (vs. Iowa State, TWU) ranks fifth.
Oklahoma has showcased the depth it has on its roster with 10 Sooners, including six underclassmen appearing in at least one lineup or performing an exhibition routine. Freshman Anastasia Webb has competed all-around in all of OU’s meets, with sophomore Maggie Nichols competing twice and AJ Jackson competing in the all-around against Georgia. Juniors Brenna Dowell (VT, UB, FX) and Nicole Lehrmann (VT, UB, BB) and sophomore Bre Showers (VT, UB, BB) have all appeared at all three meets. Senior Stefani Catour (UB, BB) has competed in all three meets and sophomore Jade Degouveia (VT, FX) competed in the first two meets. Freshman Carly Woodard (BB) has competed in the last two meets and freshman Evy Schoepfer (FX) made her debut in the lineup at Florida. Catour also exhibitioned on vault against Iowa State & TWU and Schoepfer (BB) exhibitioned in the first two meets.
In total, eight Sooners are ranked in the top 25 on at least one event. Sophomore Maggie Nichols holds the top spot in the all-around (39.700 average) and is tied for the top on vault (9.925). She also ranks second of bars (9.942), sixth on floor (9.917) and tied for 12th on beam (9.892). Anastasia Webb is ranked on three events and in the all-around, sharing 13th on vault (9.875) and sitting at 19th on bars (9.875) and 24th on floor (9.875). The freshman is seventh in the all-around (39.475). Juniors Brenna Dowell and Nicole Lehrmann each hold a top 10 spot as Dowell is tied for fourth on vault (9.917) and Lehrmann is ninth on bars (9.900). Dowell is also ranked on bars at 16th (9.883) and Lehrmann checks in at 17th on beam (9.875). Freshman Carly Woodard and sophomore Bre Showers rank fourth (9.912) and 12th (9.892), respectively, on beam. Freshman Evy Schoepfer is ninth on floor (9.900) and senior AJ Jackson checks in at 10th on vault (9.892).
A GLANCE AT UCLA
Rankings (as of Jan. 29)
Overall: 4th (197.094 average)
Vault: 5th (49.150)
Bars: 4th (49.281)
Beam: 2nd (49.300)
Floor: 4th (49.363)
All-Around: Kyla Ross (3rd, 39.583)
Vault: Katelyn Ohashi (T-13, 9.875)
Bars: Kyla Ross (T-3, 9.925)
Beam: Peng-Peng Lee (T-1, 9.925)
Floor: Kyla Ross (T-13, 9.892)
OU vs. UCLA HISTORY
In the all-time series between Oklahoma and Florida, UCLA has a 14-10-1 advantage over the Sooners. The Sooners faced off against the Bruins twice last season, topping them 198.025-196.825 at home in the regular season and then again in the Super Six. Oklahoma has come out on top in the last five meetings between the two teams.
Sunday's meet will begin promptly at 1pm, with the first vault scheduled for 1:01 pm. Fans are advised to arrive early. Doors open at 12pm, and pre-meet festivities begin at 12:40pm. Pauley Pavilion has a clear bag policy. One large clear bag, either a one gallon Ziploc style bag or a 12' by 6" by 12" clear bag, or a small clutch may be allowed into the arena. Increased screening through the use of electronic security equipment will be used at all entry gates. For more information, visit www.uclabruins.com/pauleygamedayinfo.
- Sunday’s meet will air live on ESPN.
- Freshman Anastasia Webb (Big 12 Newcomer of the Week), freshman Carly Woodard (Big 12 Event Specialist of the Week) and sophomore Maggie Nichols (Big 12 Gymnast of the Week) earned recognition from the Big 12 on Monday after impressive showings at No. 5 Florida. Nichols won the all-around title with a nation-leading 39.775, while Woodard set a season high on beam with a 9.950. Webb tallied three scores of 9.9 or higher, all for career highs.
- Oklahoma returns six previous NCAA All-Americans who own 16 total accolades: Natalie Brown (BB), Stefani Catour (UB, BB), Brenna Dowell (UB, FX), AJ Jackson (VT, UB, FX), Nicole Lehrmann (UB, BB), Maggie Nichols (VT, UB, FX).
- OU was ranked No. 1 in the NACGC/W Preseason Coaches’ Poll for the third straight season, receiving 33 of 50 first-place votes. It marked the eighth straight year the Sooners had been ranked in the top five nationally to begin the season.
The Sooners will kick off a four-meet homestand on Sunday, Feb. 11, against North Carolina. OU and UNC will face off at Lloyd Noble Center at 3:45 p.m. CT.