|No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 8 Georgia | Friday, Jan. 10 | 6:45 p.m.|
|Be There|| Lloyd Noble Center (Norman, Okla.)
OU Athletics Ticket Office | 1-800-456-4668
|Watch Live|| Sooner Sports TV
(Fox Sports Oklahoma+, Fox College Sports Central)
Bart Conner and Kelly Garrison-Funderburk
|Featuring...|| Light Up Lloyd Noble: First 500 fans receive a light-up pom pom
First 300 students get a free t-shirt and cookie
Pre-meet activities: face painting, balloon artist, caricature artist
Post-meet autographs with the team
|Live Stats|| SoonerSports.com
|Pre-Meet Info||Game Notes (PDF)|
IN THE GYM: FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK ONE
1. START WITH A BANG
The third-ranked Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team will open its 2014 campaign with a bang this weekend, hosting No. 8 Georgia on Friday, Jan. 10 at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. The Sooners are 5-0 in season openers at home under head coach K.J. Kindler and will look to continue that unbeaten streak this weekend. Friday’s matchup is the second in a home-and-home series over two seasons with Georgia; in 2013, OU opened the year with a huge 196.450-195.425 road win over the Gym Dogs in Athens.
2. SIGHTS SET HIGH
The Sooners wrapped up a historic run in 2013 with a runner-up national finish at the NCAA Championships, tying the highest team finish in program history. With 21 of 24 routines and 12 team members returning from last season’s squad, Kindler’s group has its sights set even higher in 2014. OU also returns five All-American routines from last season’s squad, including first-teamers Erica Brewer (UB, BB), Rebecca Clark (UB) and Madison Mooring (V). Joining the mix are Big 12 award winners Taylor Spears (Gymnast of the Year), Lauren Alexander (Specialist of the Year) and Haley Scaman (Newcomer of the Year).
3. NO BREAKS
There’s no better way to prepare for high-pressure situations than to perform in them, and the OU coaching staff has assembled a schedule that will undoubtedly test their seasoned team’s mettle. The Sooners will face four teams that competed in the 2013 NCAA Super Six team finals, and eight teams that earned berths to the NCAA Championships last season. Oklahoma is set to challenge three of the nation’s top five preseason teams (No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 LSU) in the regular season alone. In addition, OU will welcome four top 25 teams to Norman this year in No. 5 LSU, No. 8 Georgia, No. 18 Illinois and No. 25 Arizona State.
4. ROSTER RELOADED
If you think Kindler and the Sooners will need to rebuild their roster after a monumental 2013 campaign, think again. The Oklahoma roster is already reloaded following the departure of a trio of seniors, welcoming five game-changing freshmen to a team featuring four All-Americans. Freshmen Chayse Capps, Reagan Hemry, Charity Jones, Kara Lovan and McKenzie Wofford bring talent and big skills to the Sooner squad this season. Coupled with several Sooners returning from injury, OU is more than primed for what is sure to be another exciting season.
5. BRILLIANT ON BEAM
OU’s beam squad has flourished in seven seasons under Kindler’s leadership, allowing beam to become one of the Sooners’ signature events. Oklahoma spent 11 consecutive weeks of the 2013 season as the nation’s No. 1 team on beam. The squad’s efforts culminated in an absolutely dominant 49.475 at the NCAA Super Six finals, .250 higher than any other team on the floor. Erica Brewer earned first-team All-America honors on beam at the NCAA Championships, while Taylor Spears finished the 2013 regular season ranked No. 1 nationally on the event. The Sooners return all six beam routines from their 2013 NCAA efforts and will welcome several skilled and artistic newcomers on the event as well.