NORMAN, Okla. — No. 3 Oklahoma rallied past No. 23 Denver and No. 6 Oregon State to improve to 5-0 on the season in front of 1,684 fans at the Lloyd Noble Center on Friday. The Sooners finished with a 195.300 to top visiting Oregon State (194.650), Denver (194.300) and Centenary (187.625).
The Sooners trailed No. 23 Denver going into the final rotation, 146.275-146.00, marking the first time OU has trailed an opponent past the second rotation this season. However, the Sooners posted a season-high 49.300 on floor to clinch the victory.
OU posted scores of 9.8 or higher on five of six routines on floor to close the meet. Sophomore Kayla Nowak scored a season-high 9.9 to win the floor event title, only OU’s second 9.9 of the season.
Four Sooners added scores of at least 9.8 to seal the quad-meet victory, including Brie Olson (9.825), Taylor Spears (9.85), Megan Ferguson (9.85) and Sara Stone (9.875).
The comeback gave the Sooners their 16th consecutive win at home as head coach K.J. Kindler improved to 32-2 in Norman.
OU started strong with a season-high 49.125 on vault paced by the Sooners’ first 9.9 of the season from Natasha Kelley. OU added three routines of 9.8 or higher from Stone (9.85), Melanie Root (9.825) and Olson (9.8). Kelley and Olson both posted season-highs, while Root matched her previous season-high set against Arkansas.
The Sooners were forced to count two falls on bars in the second rotation, finishing with a season-low team score of 47.825 on the event. Kelley led the team on bars, posting a 9.85 on the apparatus in the anchor position.
OU opened the third rotation with five consecutive scores of 9.775 or higher on beam. The Sooners finished the rotation with a season-high tying 49.025 on the event.
Senior Natalie Ratcliff led the team on the event with a season-high 9.85. Kelley added a 9.825 on the apparatus, to finish the night with three scores of a 9.825 or higher. Freshman Spears who entered the meet ranked No. 1 nationally on beam added a 9.8 for the Sooners on beam Friday.