Sooners Return Home to Host North Carolina
No. 1 Oklahoma vs. North Carolina
Feb. 11 | 3:45 p.m. CT | Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center
|MATCHUP AT A GLANCE|
|2018 Ranking||1||No. 33|
|2018 Scoring Average||197.813||194.838|
|2018 Team High||198.125||195.300|
NOTES AND NUMBERS FOR MEET FIVE
The No. 1 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team returns to Norman after back-to-back weekends on the road to host North Carolina Sunday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center. The meet is slated for a 3:45 p.m. CT start.
HOME SWEET LLOYD NOBLE
On Sunday, the Sooners will look to build upon their 89-4 all-time home record under 12th-year head coach K.J. Kindler. OU has claimed 27 straight victories in Norman dating back to 2014.
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 197.813. As a team, OU is ranked in first place on three of four events, including vault (49.494 average), bars (49.475) and beam (49.506), and fourth on floor (49.338).
SUPER BEAM SUNDAY
Last Sunday may have been the Super Bowl, but the Sooners were putting on a show on ESPN and setting records in the process. With a beam score of 49.775, Oklahoma set a school-record topping its previous total of 49.750 set in 2015. Maggie Nichols and Anastasia Webb each recorded a perfect 10.0 on the event marking the second time in program history that two athletes scored a 10.0 on the same event in one meet (Nicole Lehrmann, McKenzie Wofford at TWU, Feb. 26, 2017). Webb is just the third Sooner to score a 10.0 on beam.
A TRIO OF PERFECTION
Oklahoma set a record for perfect scores in a meet as three Sooners scored a 10.0 on Sunday at UCLA. Brenna Dowell scored her first perfect 10 on vault for Oklahoma’s first perfect score of the season. On beam, Maggie Nichols and Anastasia Webb put up back-to-back perfect scores. Webb joined Dowell (bars, 2015) and Nichols (VT, UB, BB, FX, 2017 as only the third true freshman to record a perfect 10 on any event.
The Sooners have posted a score of at least 197 or higher in 34 consecutive meets, dating back to the 2016 season. The last time Oklahoma scored lower than 197 was in the first meet of the 2016 season when they put up a 196.725. During the streak, the Sooners have posted 10 scores of 198 or higher, including three in their last five meets. Of the top five teams in the nation currently, only one school even comes close to matching the Sooners’ dominance. LSU has scored a 197 or higher in its last 20 meets but has only posted a 198 or higher three times in the same stretch. Only 10 schools have posted a 197 or better this season and only OU and LSU have done it in every meet.
With 96 routines under their belts, the Sooners have put up 42 scores of 9.9 or better. That means that 44 percent of Oklahoma’s routines fall in the “excellent” category. OU’s 42 scores of 9.9 leads the nation and what is more impressive is that the Sooners have done it in 24 less routines than every other team. Utah, UCLA and Florida have all put up 40 routines scoring at least a 9.9 but have put up a total of 120 routines. The Sooners also lead the nation in scores of 9.975 or higher with eight (five 9.975s, three 10s). Sophomore Maggie Nichols has more scores of 9.975 or higher as an individual than Utah, LSU and Florida.
In total, six Sooners are ranked in the top 25 on at least one event. Sophomore Maggie Nichols holds the top spot in the all-around (39.767 average) and vault (9.942). She also ranks second on bars (9.944) and beam (9.919) and is tied for fourth on floor (9.931). Junior Brenna Dowell sits in second just behind Nichols on vault (9.938) and is 14th on the uneven bars. Junior Nicole Lehrmann is sixth on bars (9.912), 21st on beam (9.869) and 23rd on vault (9.862). Seniors AJ Jackson and Stefani Catour are each ranked on one event with Jackson sitting in 10th on vault (9.881) and Catour coming in 24th on bars (9.863). Freshman Anastasia Webb is tied for ninth on beam (9.888) and 25th in the all-around (39.294).
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 each meet, with sophomore Maggie Nichols competing all-around the last three meets. After competing in the all-around at the first meet, senior AJ Jackson has appeared on vault, bars and floor in the last three meets. Juniors Brenna Dowell (VT, UB, FX) and Nicole Lehrmann (VT, UB, BB) and sophomore Bre Showers (VT, UB, BB) have all appeared on three events. Senior Stefani Catour (UB, BB) has competed in all four meets and sophomore Jade Degouveia (VT, FX) competed in the first two meets. Freshman Carly Woodard (BB) has competed in the last three meets and freshman Evy Schoepfer (FX) made her debut in the lineup at Florida and competed at UCLA. Alex Marks exhibitioned on bars against Florida. Catour also exhibitioned on vault against Iowa State & TWU and Schoepfer (BB) exhibitioned in the first two meets.
Sunday’s meet will be Alumni Night as the Sooners will recognize former gymnasts before the meet. Sooner great Kelly Garrison-Funderburk will be in attendance along with eleven Sooners who competed on OU’s national championship teams. 2014 NCAA Individual Balance Beam National Champion Taylor Spears will return to the LNC in opposing colors as she is an assistant coach for North Carolina.
Rankings (as of Feb. 5)
Overall: 33rd (194.838 average)
Vault: 22nd (48.925)
Bars: 31st (48.688)
Beam: 50th (48.100)
Floor: 12th (49.125)
All-Around: Morgan Lane (35th, 39.150)
Vault: Khazia Hislop (40th, 9.844)
Bars: Morgan Lane (106th, 9.787)
Beam: Morgan Lane (T-45, 9.840)
Floor: Khazia Hislop (T-26, 9.875)
OU vs. NORTH CAROLINA
Oklahoma leads the all-time series with North Carolina, 4-0, those the two teams have not met since the 2013 season. In the last meeting, the Sooners won 197.525-195.300.
ON THE AIR
Friday’s meet will stream through SoonerSports.tv (Premium subscription required). Bart Conner and former OU great Kelly Garrison-Funderburk will call the action, and Megan McDonald will be on the sidelines.
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. Fans can use the promo code BEAUTY for $5 tickets.
- Senior Stefani Catour (Event Specialist of the Week) and sophomore Maggie Nichols (Gymnast of the Week) and Bre Showers (Newcomer of the Week) were honored by the Big 12 for their impressive performances on Sunday. Nichols took home the all-around title with a 39.900, while Showers and Catour put up career highs on beam to help the Sooners set a school record with a 49.775.
- 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 head to Oklahoma City, Okla., for the annual Perfect 10 Challenge. Oklahoma will face former Big 12 rival Nebraska at the Cox Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 16, at 6:45 p.m. CT.