No. 1 OU Back Home to Face West Virginia
No. 1 Oklahoma vs. West Virginia
Feb. 23 | 6:45 p.m. CT | Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center
|MATCHUP AT A GLANCE|
|2018 Ranking||No. 1||No. 29|
|2018 Scoring Average||197.638||195.275|
|2018 Team High||198.150||196.225|
NOTES AND NUMBERS FOR MEET SEVEN
The No. 1 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team returns to Norman to host Big 12 competitor West Virginia Friday evening at Lloyd Noble Center. The meet is slated for a 6:45 p.m. CT start. The Sooners are currently 3-0 in the state of Oklahoma this season, winning two meets at home and the Perfect 10 Challenge last weekend in Oklahoma City.
HOME SWEET LLOYD NOBLE
On Sunday, the Sooners will look to build upon their 90-4 all-time home record under 12th-year head coach K.J. Kindler. OU has claimed 28 straight victories in Norman dating back to 2014.
THERE’S ONLY ONE
After tallying its sixth win of the season, the Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team remained the No. 1 team in the nation with an average score of 197.638. As a team, the Sooners are ranked first nationally on vault (49.454) and bars (49.500), second on beam (49.296) and moved up to third on floor (49.388).
Of the top scores so far this season, OU has three that rank in the top six. OU holds the No. 2 score in the nation with a 198.150 against North Carolina (Feb. 11). The Sooners also have the fourth best total with a 198.125 scored on the road at Florida (Jan. 26) and the sixth best total with a 198.050 scored at UCLA (Feb. 4).
TO 198 AND BEYOND
From January 26-February 11, Oklahoma posted three straight scores of 198 or higher. The Sooners are one of just two teams to put up more than one mark of 198 or higher this season and only three schools have posted a 198 in 2018 (Florida, LSU). Oklahoma put up scores of 198.125, 198.050 and 198.150, marking the first time in program history that the Sooners have scored a 198 or better in the back-to-back-to-back meets. In its last seven meets, Oklahoma has reached the 198 threshold four times.
With 144 routines under their belts, the Sooners have put up 66 scores of 9.9 or better. That means that 46 percent of Oklahoma’s routines fall in the “excellent” category. The Sooners are averaging 11 scores of 9.9 or higher per meet. OU’s 66 scores of 9.9 is second in the nation, behind LSU’s 74. However, LSU has competed in two more meets than OU, putting up an extra 48 routines. Florida (60), UCLA (59) and Utah (58) are within striking distance of OU but have done so in 168 routines.
Below is a breakdown of the Sooners’ individual scores on each event this season, including totals of at least 9.85, 9.9 and 9.95.
VAULT At least 9.85 (28) | 9.9 (14) | 9.95 (4)
BARS At least 9.85 (32) | 9.9 (22) | 9.95 (7)
BEAM At least 9.85 (26) | 9.9 (16) | 9.95 (7)
FLOOR At least 9.85 (23) | 9.9 (16) | 9.95 (5)
Eight sooners are ranked in the top 25 on their respective individual events. OU leads the nation with five athletes ranked in the top 25 on bars. Sophomore Maggie Nichols (9.925) and junior Nicole Lehrmann (9.921) are ranked No. 2 and 3, respectively, while junior Brenna Dowell comes in at No. 11 (9.892). Senior Stefani Catour is 16th in the nation (9.879) and freshman Anastasia Webb is 22nd (9.867). Nichols also holds the top spot in the all-around (39.715) and on beam (9.938), is tied for second on vault (9.925), and ranks ninth on floor (9.913). Dowell is tied with Nichols for second place on vault (9.925) and tied for 24th on floor (9.883). Webb also ranks in the top 10 on beam, coming in eighth (9.888). OU is one of two schools to have three athletes ranked in the top 10 on beam as sophomore Bre Showers joins Nichols (first) and Webb (eighth) at No. 7 (9.892). Rounding out OU’s ranked athletes is AJ Jackson, who is tied for 11th on vault (9.875), and Alex Marks, who sits in 24th on vault (9.862).
A LOOK AT WEST VIRGINIA
Rankings (as of Feb. 19)
Team Overall: 29th (195.275 average)
Vault: 26th (48.943)
Bars: 34th (48.682)
Beam: 30th (48.725)
Floor: 30th (48.925)
All-Around: Megan Schweihofer (24th, 39.250)
Vault: Kirah Koshinski (T-11th, 9.875)
Bars: Zaakira Muhammad (102nd, 9792)
Beam: Carly Galpin (121st, 9.771)
Floor: Kirah Koshinski (T-81st, 9.836)
OU vs. WEST VIRGINIA
The Sooners lead the all-time series 14-1 and have won every meeting since the Mountaineers joined the conference for the 2013 season. The two teams last met at the Big 12 Championship in 2017 with OU taking home the title with a 197.850 and WVU coming in third with a 195.575.
The east entrances of Lloyd Noble Center will be open for general public and student access beginning at 5:15 p.m., 90 minutes prior to the start of the meet. ADA entrance will be at the lower south level.
Fans are encouraged to #ArriveSooner to avoid delays into the gates with new enhanced screenings. Fans are encouraged to not bring bags to help expedite screening. For more gameday tips at Lloyd Noble Center, visit the LNC's information page.
Fans with reserved season tickets will have seats in sections LE3 or LE4, and the seat number info will be printed on the tickets. All reserved season ticket holders will also receive a Lloyd Noble Center concessions meal voucher to use during one home meet.
Single-meet tickets are available for purchase online through SoonerSports.com or over the phone at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at 800-456-GoOU.
ON THE AIR
Friday’s meet will air through Sooner Sports TV on FOX Sports Oklahoma and will stream on FOX Sports Go. Former OU great Kelly Garrison-Funderburk, along with Chad McKee, will call the action, and Megan McDonald will be on the sidelines.
- Junior Alex Marks and freshman Anastasia Webb were named the Big 12 Event Specialist and Newcomer of the Week, respectively. Marks was named the event specialist for the first time in her Oklahoma career, tying her career high with a 9.9 on vault in the No. 2 spot. Her Yurchenko full put her in second place at the meet in just her second competition of the season. Webb was honored for the fifth time this season putting up at least two scores of 9.9 or higher for the third time this season. Webb took home a share of the bars title with a 9.925 on the apparatus and came in third on floor with a 9.900. She also contributed a solid 9.850 to the beam lineup and now ranks eighth nationally on the event.
- Four current Sooners have recorded at least one 10.0 in their careers, including juniors Nicole Lehrmann (UB, 2017) and Brenna Dowell (UB, 2017; VT 2018), sophomore Maggie Nichols (VT,UB, BB, FX), and freshman Anastasia Webb (BB, 2018).
- 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 continue a three-meet homestand Saturday, March 3, against Michigan. The meet is slated for a 3:45 p.m. start at Lloyd Noble Center.