Top-5 Showdown in Tuscaloosa

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 14, 2013

March 14, 2013


  Sophomore Becca Clark

 No. 1 Oklahoma (19-0) vs. No. 4 Alabama (6-2-1)
 Date & Time  Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. CT
 Location  Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
 Live Video
 Live Results
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 4 Alabama meet in a top-5 showdown on Friday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., at 7:30 p.m. CT. The Sooners are making are making the trip to Alabama after the Crimson Tide visited Norman in 2012 when OU came away with a 197.300-197.150 victory. The last time OU traveled to Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide came out on top, 196.725-196.525 in 2009. OU will look to break Alabama’s 33 consecutive home win streak, a run that has been going since the Crimson Tide lost to LSU on Feb. 13, 2009.

Alabama’s team total last week at LSU is the highest road score in the nation this season with the Tide totaling a 197.725 team score behind a 49.525 on vault. Nationally, Alabama is ranked No. 2 on balance beam, No. 3 on floor, No. 4 on vault and No. 6 on the uneven bars. Junior Kim Jacob, ranked No. 16 in the all-around, moved up to No. 4 on the floor exercise and No. 9 on the balance beam after tying or exceeding her season-high scores on both events last week. Alabama has wins this season over Missouri, Kentucky,
Auburn, UCLA and LSU (twice). Friday night will be Senior Night for the Crimson Tide; last season in Alabama’s home finale, the defending national champions scored a 197.625.

University of Oklahoma gymnast Brie Olson was named one of six finalists for the AAI Award recognizing the most outstanding senior female gymnast in the country. A native of St. Cloud, Minn., Olson is a three-time All-American for the first-ranked Sooners who currently ranks in the top 25 nationally in the all-around and three events. The senior currently sits at No. 5 in the country in the all-around in addition to being ranked No. 5 on bars, No. 9 on beam, No. 10 on floor and No. 26 on vault. Olson has tied or set new career highs in every event this season, helping Oklahoma to the No. 1 ranking in the nation this season. Olson tied an OU record and recorded the highest all-around score by any senior in the country this season against No. 5 UCLA, recording a 39.700 in OU’s win over the Bruins.

NORMAN, Okla. - The No. 2 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team posted its ninth-straight score above a 197 Sunday on Senior Day, scoring a 197.525 to defeat No. 9 Stanford (196.000) and North Carolina (195.300). OU swept each team event to go to 19-0 on the season, the most regular season wins in program history, including 5-0 in four home meets this season. OU was without freshman Keeley Kmieciak due to illness, forcing Oklahoma to shuffle its lineups late. The Sooners didn’t miss a step, highlighted by junior Hayden Ward stepping in on bars with a 9.9 and sophomore Becca Clark earning a 9.775 on beam. The Sooners also claimed every individual event, with freshman Haley Scaman earning the vault and floor titles, Olson claiming the bar title and junior Taylor Spears earning the top score on beam.

Oklahoma retains its No. 1 ranking nationally on beam for the eighth-straight week with a 49.395 RQS. The Sooners scores of 49.600, 49.525 and 49.475 are three of the four highest scores of any team in the country on the event. The Sooners also took over the top spot on bars for the first time this season with a 49.465 RQS.

• Oklahoma is a perfect 19-0 in nine meets this season, making the Sooners the only undefeated team in the country.
• OU has the most wins of any team in the nation and the most in a regular season in team history.
• OU is looking for its fourth undefeated regular season in seven total season under head coach K.J. Kindler to go with unbeaten campaigns in 2008 (14-0), 2010 (14-0) and 2011 (15-0).
• Under Kindler, Oklahoma is 99-9 (.917) overall against regular season opponents.
• The Sooners have defeated numerous ranked teams this season, including currently ranked No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Georgia (twice), No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 Oregon State, No. 10 Stanford, No. 13 Denver, No. 18 Arizona, No. 21 West Virginia and No. 23 Boise State.

• Oklahoma reclaimed the No. 1 spot for the second week this season and fourth week in program history.
• After ranking in the top spot two weeks ago, the Sooners scored a 197.875 and a 197.525 in two separate meets over the weekend to jump past Florida again with a 197.570 RQS compared to the Gators’ 197.440.
• The only undefeated team and the team with the most wins in the country at 19-0 this year, OU has scored above a 197 in nine-straight meets dating back to Jan. 18. The Sooners’ nine meets over 197 is tied for the most in a regular season in NCAA history with this week’s contest at No. 4 Alabama left with a chance to break the record.
• OU also jumped higher in each of the team event standings, including a No. 1 national ranking on bars to go with the teams’ eight-week streak ranked as the top beam team in the country.
• The Sooners also went from No. 5 to No. 3 in the team vault standings with a 49.420 score coupled with a No. 2 ranking on floor with a 49.430 average, up one spot from last week.
• Individually, OU continues to represent well in every ranking, including the all-around, with junior Taylor Spears at No. 3, senior Brie Olson at No. 5 and sophomore Erica Brewer at No. 13.
• Other Sooners in the top 10 include Spears at No. 1 on beam, freshman Haley Scaman at No. 3 on floor, Olson at No. 5 on bars, freshman Keeley Kmieciak at No. 8 on bars, sophomore Lauren Alexander at No. 8 on beam, Olson and Brewer tied for No. 9 on beam and Olson at No. 10 on floor.



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