Women's Gymnastics Falls to UCLA

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 11, 2012

March 11, 2012


  Vault Bars Beam Floor Total
 Oklahoma 49.200 49.175 49.225 48.875 196.475
 UCLA 49.500 49.325 49.200 49.500 197.525
Unofficial Results

 Event Winners
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Vault  Tauny Frattone (UCLA)  10.0
 Bars  Aisha Gerber (UCLA)  9.95
 Beam  S. Peszek (UCLA)  9.925
 Floor  E. Hopfner-Hibbs (UCLA)  9.950
   S. Peszek (UCLA)  9.950
 AA  S. Peszek (UCLA) 39.575
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LOS ANGELES – The second-ranked Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team lost to No. 3 UCLA Sunday in Los Angeles at the John Wooden Center, 197.525-196.475.

Oklahoma (16-3, 2-0 Big 12) posted its second-lowest score of the season overall with the 196.475 while UCLA (10-2-1, 5-1-1 Pac 12) added its third-highest score of the season Sunday.

“They’re a great team, a very dynamic team.  To be honest, we just didn’t compete with them today,” OU head coach K.J. Kindler said. “The atmosphere in the Wooden Center is absolutely electric, which is amazing for UCLA to have this kind of atmosphere.”

The Bruins won all four individual event titles including the all-around. UCLA won three of the four team event titles while the Sooners won beam with a 49.225.

Sunday was the first time this season that OU did not win a single individual event title.

The Sooners trailed, 49.500-49.175, after UCLA’s Tauny Frattone scored a perfect 10.0 on vault in the first rotation.

“I thought we were being quite consistent,” Kindler said. “Starting from the beginning, on bars, it was one of our best touch warm ups of the year. I thought they attacked their handstands and were a little bit more aggressive on that event for us and I thought it was a really good start.”

OU posted five scores of 9.8 or higher on bars to end the first rotation with a 49.175, anchored by Ferguson who scored a 9.875 on the apparatus.

OU posted a 49.200 on vault in the second rotation, but still trailed UCLA by .450 after the Bruins added a 49.325 on bars. 

“Vault, the same,” Kindler said. “I thought we were on a consistent roll. No highs, no lows. Just kind of on middle ground there.”

Sara Stone led the Sooners on the event with a 9.9 in the anchor position. Stone is currently ranked No. 1 nationally on vault and has posted a 9.9 or higher in 10 of her 11 vaults this season.

In the third rotation, OU posted its second-lowest floor score of the season with a 48.875.  The Sooners were forced to count three scores below a 9.8 after a couple of missed landings and one out-of-bounds deduction.

“We were a little bit scattered on floor and we definitely made uncharacteristic mistakes that you wouldn’t normally see from us,” Kindler said. “I’ll have to review what I feel about that, but I think it was possibly a lack of focus and maybe some nerves after the fall in the first spot. We have to work on getting better at that.”

Stone and Megan Ferguson ended floor with scores of 9.85 and 9.875 respectively. Ferguson, ranked No. 1 nationally on floor, has scored a 9.875 or higher in her last nine routines.

“On floor we did make some pretty big changes to our lineup this week,” Kindler said. “We added Taylor (Spears) in the first spot doing a new pass that she has been working on all year long. We made some adjustments to Erica’s (Brewer) routine, we changed some passes there. We wanted to try some new things, we think this is the time of the season when we have to do that. Unfortunately, Taylor had some issues in her first pass and made some adjustments in the middle of her routine which resulted in a fall.”

OU trailed UCLA, 148.000-147.250, heading into the final rotation.

“I thought balance beam was excellent,” Kindler said. “We did have a fall, but it was really some of the best performances of the year in terms of fluidity and stability on the beam. We did miss several landings which always cost you.”

The Sooners ended the night with a 49.225 on beam to win the team beam title.  Ferguson anchored the event with a 9.9 on the apparatus, her seventh score of 9.9 or higher this season.

OU heads to Columbus, Ohio, for its last regular season meet of 2012 against No. 13 Ohio State on Saturday, March 17 at 3 p.m. CT.




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