Sooners to Host Top-Ten Tilt With Michigan
No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Michigan
March 3 | 3:45 p.m. CT | Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center
|MATCHUP AT A GLANCE|
|2018 Ranking||No. 1||No. 7|
|2018 Scoring Average||197.693||196.591|
|2018 Team High||198.150||197.550|
NOTES AND NUMBERS FOR MEET EIGHT
The No. 1 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team continues a three-meet homestand at Lloyd Noble Center, welcoming No. 7 Michigan to Norman. The meet is slated for Saturday, March 3, at 3:45 p.m. CT. The Sooners are currently 5-0 in the state of Oklahoma this season, winning three meets at home and the Perfect 10 Challenge in Oklahoma City.
HOME SWEET LLOYD NOBLE
On Saturday, the Sooners will look to build upon their 91-4 all-time home record under 12th-year head coach K.J. Kindler. OU has claimed 29 straight victories in Norman dating back to 2014.
For the seventh straight week, the Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team is the No. 1 team in the nation. This week marks the first time this season that rankings have been determined by regional qualifying scores (RQS). RQS is based on a team's six best regular season scores, three of which must be away. The overall high score is eliminated, and the five remaining scores are averaged. RQS scores are used to determine seeding for NCAA regional competition at six campus sites on April 7. OU’s RQS of 197.855 is the best mark in the nation. Additionally, the Sooners are in the top five on all four events, posting regional qualifying scores of 49.485 (vault; No. 1), 49.495 (bars; No. 2), 49.490 (beam; No. 2) and 49.395 (floor; No. 5). OU also possesses the highest average on vault and bars.
Of the top scores so far this season, OU has four that rank in the top 10. 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 seventh and eighth-best totals with a 198.050 scored at UCLA (Feb. 4) and a 198.025 scored at home against West Virginia (Feb. 23). No other team has more than two scores in the top 10.
TO 198 AND BEYOND
From Jan. 26-Feb. 11, Oklahoma posted three straight scores of 198 or higher. This season, OU has put up four scores of a least 198. The Sooners are one of just two teams to put up more than one mark of 198 or higher this season and only four schools have posted a 198 in 2018 (Florida, LSU, UCLA). 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 eight meets, Oklahoma has reached the 198 threshold five times.
With 168 routines under their belts, the Sooners have put up 77 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 77 scores of 9.9 is second in the nation, behind LSU’s 85. However, LSU has competed in two more meets than OU, putting up an extra 48 routines. Florida (73), UCLA (70) and Utah (66) are within striking distance of OU but have done so in 192 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 (33) | 9.9 (17) | 9.95 (7)
BARS At least 9.85 (37) | 9.9 (25) | 9.95 (8)
BEAM At least 9.85 (31) | 9.9 (20) | 9.95 (9)
FLOOR At least 9.85 (27) | 9.9 (17) | 9.95 (6)
Seven Sooners hold 13 individual top-25 rankings, which are also determined by RQS beginning this week. Sophomore Maggie Nichols is ranked first in the all-around with a 39.700 RQS and also holds the top spot on bars and beam with identical marks of 9.945. Nichols is tied for third on floor with an RQS of 9.930 and fourth on vault with an RQS of 9.920. Junior Brenna Dowell is tied for second on vault (9.925), tied for 14th on bars (9.900) and tied at 16th on floor (9.890). Junior Nicole Lehrmann is tied for ninth on bars (9.915). Seniors Stefani Catour and AJ Jackson are ranked on bars and vault, respectively. Catour holds a share of 24th place (9.870) on bars, while Jackson is tied for 19th on vault. With an RQS of 9.890, sophomore Bre Showers and freshman Anastasia Webb share 14th place on beam.
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN
Rankings (as of Feb. 26)
Overall: 7th (196.800, RQS)
Vault: 10th (49.140)
Bars: 7th (49.220)
Beam: 4th (49.285)
Floor: 11th (49.225)
All-Around: Paige Zaziski (25th, 39.220)
Vault: Paige Zaziski (T-19th, 9.875)
Bars: Paige Zaziski (T-26th, 9.865)
Beam: Paige Zaziski (T-32nd, 9.870)
Floor: Emma McLean (T-7th, 9.920)
OU vs. MICHIGAN
The Sooners lead the all-time series 12-9-1 with the Wolverines. The two teams met last season in a meet that came down to the wire and saw the Sooners walk away with a 197.575-197.525 win on the road. Former Sooner Chayse Capps clinched the meet with a perfect 10 in the anchor spot on beam to lead OU to victory.
The east entrances of Lloyd Noble Center will be open for general public and student access beginning at 2:15 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 Southwest and will stream on FOX Sports Go. Former OU great Kelly Garrison-Funderburk, along with Meg McDonald, will call the action.
- Sophomore Maggie Nichols was named the Gymnast of the Week and freshman Anastasia Webb earned Newcomer of the Week accolades. This is the fourth time this season Nichols has been honored as the Gymnast of the Week, and seventh of her career. Nichols was also named the Newcomer of the Week seven times in 2017 giving her 14 career accolades. Webb was honored as the Newcomer of the Week for the sixth time this season. She is just the sixth gymnast in Big 12 history to earn the honor more than five times in one season, joining teammates Nichols (7), Brenna Dowell (6) and Nicole Lehrmann (5) and former Sooner Chayse Capps (6), along with Missouri’s Rachel Updike (9).
- 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 will wrap up their home slate Friday, March. 9, with a quad meet featuring Arizona State, Arkansas and Denver. The meet is slated for a 6:45 p.m. start and the four members of the senior class will be honored.