Feb. 18, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – The fourth-ranked Oklahoma women’s gymnastics squad remained unbeaten Friday after the Sooners defeated Missouri, 196.425-195.225, with their second-best score of the season.
Oklahoma (10-0, 3-0 Big 12) closed its Big 12 regular season undefeated with the win over Mizzou. The Sooners took home all four event titles for the fifth time this season and won all four individual event titles for the second-straight meet.
Sara Stone and Natasha Kelley shared the vault title with a pair of 9.9s, Megan Ferguson won the bars title with a 9.875 and the beam title with a 9.925 while Kayla Nowak won the floor title with a career-best 9.95 on the event.
“I thought overall we were relatively flat and had a lackluster performance,” OU head coach K.J. Kindler said. “We’re a better team than that.”
The Sooners started the meet with a 49.100-48.050 lead over the Tigers after the first rotation. OU posted a team score of 49.100 on vault, paced by a pair of 9.9s from Kelley and Stone.
The scores were Kelley and Stone’s third scores of 9.9 or higher on vault this season. Stone has led the team on vault in seven of OU’s eight competitions this year.
Freshman Madison Mooring added a career-high tying 9.85 on vault to help OU score a 49.100 or higher for the sixth-straight meet.
OU kept its lead over Mizzou after two rotations, despite posting its second-lowest score of the season on bars with a 48.925.
Ferguson led the team with a 9.875 on the event in the fifth position of the lineup. Ferguson took home the bar title after tying her second-best score of the season on the event.
Brie Olson finished in second place on bars with a 9.8 on the apparatus, the sophomore has scored a 9.8 or higher in three-straight competitions.
The Sooners got back on track with a 49.100 on beam, extending their lead to 147.125-146.150 over Missouri going into the final rotation. OU posted its sixth score of 49.000 or higher this season on beam, despite a fall from Nowak in the first position.
“The beam team stood out to me,” Kindler added. “It’s tough when your first person has a falter and that was actually Kayla’s first miss of her career. It was a really unusual occurrence and everyone else had to buckle up and get their act together. I was proud of how they came through after that miss.”
Ferguson led the team once again with a season-high 9.925 on beam in the fifth position. The score was Ferguson’s third-straight score of 9.9 or higher on beam this season.
OU added three scores of 9.8 or higher from Kelley, Taylor Spears and Stone. Kelley and Spears both posted 9.825s, while Stone scored a 9.8 in just her second appearance in the beam lineup.
OU clinched the win over Missouri after tying their season-high floor score of 49.300 in the final rotation.
“Floor was very strong tonight,” Kindler said. “It was definitely our strongest event of the day.”
Nowak recovered from a fall on beam, with a career-high 9.95 on floor in the anchor position. The score was the highest by any Sooner on floor this season, topping the previous high of 9.9 that was set by Nowak and Stone.
Ferguson and Stone both added 9.875s in the fourth and fifth position to help boost OU’s final team score. The score tied Ferguson’s season-high, while Stone’s 9.875 tied her second-best score this year.
The Sooners hit the road for the final time this regular season, as OU faces Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m.