NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 3 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team posted an inspired performance on Senior Night, digging deep for a 197.450-194.150 victory over Arizona State. The Sooners showed poise and strength under pressure to post their fourth-highest team score this season.
“We used to be the best-kept secret in Norman but now I’d like to say that we’re one of the best shows in Norman," head coach K.J. Kindler said. "Again, these are not only great athletes, they’re great students, they’re wonderful role models – they’re the people you should be bringing your children to see week in and week out.”
It was a night of shining performances for the Sooners, who received three scores of 9.975 or higher, including one perfect 10.0 from Haley Scaman on floor.
Scaman had a standout night, earning her second 10.0 on floor this season. She is the first Sooner to earn multiple 10.0s in the same season and joins Kiara Redmond as the only Oklahoma gymnast ever to earn multiple 10.0s in her career. No Sooner has ever earned multiple 10.0s on floor exercise before. The sophomore added a career-best 9.975 on bars that included a perfect 10.0 from one judge.
Senior Taylor Spears also had an outstanding evening in her final career home meet. She earned the event title on beam with a career-high-tying 9.975 and also tied her career-best on bars with a 9.95 to finish in second.
Maile'ana Kanewa rounded out OU's event titles on the evening, earning a season-high 9.9 on vault to tie for top honors. The award gave Kanewa her first title on any event this season.
Oklahoma opened the meet with a 49.275 on vault, paced by Kanewa's meet-best 9.9. Scaman posted a 9.875 in the anchor position, while freshmen Chayse Capps and Charity Jones each added 9.85 routines to boost the Sooners' efforts. Senior Madison Mooring picked up a 9.8 in the lead-off position to give her squad a strong start.
Arizona State picked up a 48.525 on bars in the first rotation, led by a 9.875 from Carissa Kraus. With one rotation down, the Sooners established a quick 49.275-48.525 lead over the Sun Devils.
Oklahoma had to count a fall on bars in the second rotation but still battled its way to a solid 49.100 outing. The squad picked up three scores of 9.925 or higher, including Scaman's career-best 9.975 in the No. 3 spot. Taylor Spears tied her career-best of 9.95 in the No. 5 spot, posting an outstanding performance following a mid-routine scratch at the No. 4 position. Rebecca Clark had her best outing of the season on bars, picking up a 9.925 to finish third overall for the Sooners. Keeley Kmieciak made her return to the bars lineup in the key lead-off position, picking up a 9.85 to start her team on a strong foot.
A 9.9 from Sammie Seaman on vault paced ASU to a 48.825 on the event. Oklahoma extended its lead to 98.400-97.350 at the meet's midpoint.
OU rose to the occasion on beam, with two first-time performers aiding the team to its third-highest score of the year. A 49.475 for OU was boosted by Spears' meet and career-best 9.975, while freshman Kara Lovan earned a 9.9 in her first competitive outing on the event. Clark anchored the Sooners with a 9.875, while Capps added an identical 9.875 in the No. 4 slot.
The Sun Devils struggled on floor in the third rotation, picking up a 47.900 team effort. Anchor Natasha Sunby was tops for ASU with a 9.925. With only one event to go, OU held a commanding 147.875-145.250 lead over Arizona State.
The Sooners' 49.575 on floor was boosted by four routines of 9.9 or higher, including Haley Scaman's second perfect 10.0 of the season in the anchor position. Capps earned a career-high 9.925 to tie for second, while senior Lara Albright and Lovan each added 9.9 efforts for Oklahoma. Spears was strong in her lead-off routine as well, picking up a 9.85 to start OU on a solid note.
Arizona State finished the evening with a 48.900 on beam, with Brianna Gades picking up a team-best 9.85 in the No. 4 spot. ASU's 194.150 would be good for second, while the Sooners wrapped up the night at a 197.450.
“There are a lot of mixed feelings tonight," Lara Albright said. "It’s over for us competing at Lloyd Noble but we still have to finish regular season and we have postseason. We’re really looking forward to that.”
The Sooners will wrap up their busy weekend on the road Sunday afternoon in Denton, Texas. OU will face Michigan State, No. 12 Minnesota and TWU at 2 p.m. in Kitty Magee Arena.