No. 1 OU to Host Top Five Battle with Georgia
No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 1 Oklahoma
Jan. 11 | 6:45 p.m. CT | Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center
|MATCHUP AT A GLANCE|
|2019 Ranking||No. 1||No. 5|
|2019 Scoring Average||198.050||196.600|
|2019 Team High||198.050||196.600|
NOTES AND NUMBERS FOR MEET TWO
STARTING OFF STRONG
Oklahoma kicked off opening weekend on a high note, defeating Arkansas 198.050-195.575. The Sooners won at least a share of every event title, with junior Maggie Nichols taking home top marks on vault, beam and the all-around, senior Nicole Lehrmann winning bars and freshman Olivia Trautman taking home the floor title. The Sooners won all four event team titles, including posting the third-best mark in program history on vault with a 49.625.
BACK ON TOP
It didn’t take long for the Sooners to move back into the No.1 spot in the nation. With a 198.050 in its opening meet, OU soared into the top spot for the 53rd time since the start of the 2015 season. The mark was a program-best for an opening meet and the Sooners are the only team in NCAA history to break 198 in the first meet of the year. The Sooners now have 19 marks of 198 or better since the 2016 season and 26 overall. No other school has more than 17 in their program history.
HOME SWEET OKLAHOMA
On Friday, the Sooners will look to build upon their 95-4 all-time home record under 13th-year head coach K.J. Kindler. OU has claimed 29 straight victories in Norman dating back to 2014. The 2019 senior class has never experienced a loss at home.
THE ROAD TO FORT WORTH RUNS THROUGH NORMAN
The Sooners have arguably the toughest home schedule in the nation in 2019 with 2018 NCAA Championships teams Alabama, Florida, Georgia and UCLA making the trek to Norman. Along with Oklahoma, the five teams have combined to win the last 23 NCAA Championships. Florida, Oklahoma and UCLA have combined to win the last five.
The Sooners have scored at least a 196.000 in 106 consecutive meets, dating all the way back to Jan. 21, 2012. Currently tied with Florida for the longest streak (2/12/10-4/15-17), OU needs just one more meet with a score of at least 196 to break the tie and hold the all-time record. To put that in perspective, only five schools have had a streak of 36 or more, and the next longest active streak is LSU at 44.
The Sooners posted 12 scores of 9.9 or better during the first meet of the year, including four on vault and beam and three on bars. Of the other schools currently ranked in the top five, no school has more than seven 9.9s in its first meet. Utah and LSU each have seven, UCLA has six and Georgia has three.
MAGGIE “PERFECT 10” NICHOLS
It only took half a meet for Maggie Nichols to record her first perfect score of the season. With 15 to her name heading into her junior year, Nichols added her 16th with a flawless Yurchenko 1.5 on vault. The junior now has five perfect scores on vault and needs just 11 perfect 10s to tie the NCAA record of 27. Nichols’ 10 on vault was also the 40th perfect score in program history.
Freshman Olivia Trautman shined in her collegiate debut, winning the floor title with an incredible 9.95. Trautman was near perfect, even receiving a 10 from one of the judges. The freshman took over the leadoff position on beam, earning a 9.9 in her debut. Trautman added a 9.850 on vault, one of five 10.0 start values in the lineup.
Though still early, the Sooners rank in the top two nationally on every event. OU holds the top spot on vault (49.625), bars (49.475), beam (49.575) and are ranked second on floor (49.375). Individually, a Sooner is in the top spot on all events and the all-around. Maggie Nichols holds the top mark on vault, beam and the all-around, Olivia Trautman shares the No. 1 ranking on floor and Nicole Lehrmann is tied for first on bars.
The Sooners have posted a score of at least 197 or higher in 45 of their last 46 meets. Currently, the Sooners’ streak is at 10 meets with a score of at least 197 and eight of those meets have featured a score of at least a 198. The Sooners are one of just three teams who tallied at least a 197 during opening weekend, joining UCLA (197.250) and Utah (197.175).
A GLANCE AT GEORGIA
Rankings (as of Jan. 9)
Overall: 5th (196.600)
Vault: 5th (49.125)
Bars: 5th (49.200)
Beam: 7th (49.075)
Floor: 5th (49.200)
All-Around: Sydney Snead (10th, 39.400)
Vault: Sydney Snead (6th, 9.925)
Bars: Rachel Dickson (T-7th, 9.900)
Beam: Sabrina Vega (T-7th, 9.900)
Floor: Rachel Dickson (T-11th, 9.900)
Georgia leads the all-time series 19-13, but the Sooners have won the last 10 meetings. Under Kindler, OU is 10-3 against the Bulldogs.
ON THE AIR
Sunday’s meet will air on Fox Sports Oklahoma and Fox College Sports and will stream on Fox Sports Go. Meg McDonald and former OU great Kelly Garrison-Funderburk will call the action.
The east entrances of Lloyd Noble Center will be open for general public and student access beginning at 1:15 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. OU Athletics has introduced a clear bag policy and walk-through metal detectors at all home events this season. More information on the policy and procedures can be found here.
Fans with reserved season tickets will have seats in sections LE3 or LE4, and the seat number info will be printed on the tickets.
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.
- The Sooners are the No. 1 team in the nation for the 53rd time since the start of the 2015 season.
- 13 of OU’s 14 regular-season opponents were ranked in the 2019 preseason poll, including five squads slated in the top 10 nationally.
- Oklahoma returns six previous NCAA All-Americans who own 22 total accolades: Jade Degouveia (VT), Brenna Dowell (UB, VT, FX), Nicole Lehrmann (UB, BB), Maggie Nichols (AA, VT, UB, BB, FX), Bre Showers (VT, AA) and Anastasia Webb (FX).
- Three of OU’s regular season home matches will be televised live by Sooner Sports TV. The UCLA meet will be carried on ESPN.
- The Big 12 Championship will be hosted at the Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m. CST and will air on ESPNU.
The Sooners are back on the road as they travel to North Carolina for a tri-meet with UNC and Ball State. The meet is slated for Saturday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. CT.