No. 3 Florida uses second-highest score of season to win at Mizzou
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 3 Florida used its second-highest total of the season -- and the nation’s third-highest -- to finish 2014 regular-season action with a win at Missouri on Friday in front of a Hearnes Center crowd of 1,906. The Gators’ 198.20 ranks as the nation’s top road mark of 2014. Missouri turned in a 194.30.
A pair of Gators equaled Florida records for all-around and floor exercise Friday. Sophomore Bridget Sloan, the defending NCAA all-around champion, equaled the school-record total of 39.825 to take her eighth consecutive win in the event. Junior Kytra Hunter turned in her fourth 10.0 floor exercise mark of 2014, which with her two perfect vault marks, gives her a total of six 10.0s for the season.
The Gators turned in solid team totals on each event Friday, with its 49.625 on uneven bars equaling its season-best set last Friday. Florida’s 49.50 on vault was just off its season-best of 49.525. On their finishing events, the Gators turned in a 49.60 on floor and a 49.475 on beam.
No. 1 LSU 197.800, Kentucky 195.000
BATON ROUGE, La. -- For the first time in school history, LSU earned a 197 score or higher for the ninth consecutive meet in a big 197.800-195.000 win against No. 24 Kentucky Friday night in the Maravich Center.
The previous record was eight consecutive meets with at least a 197 team score established during the 2004 season.
In front of 5,414 fans on Senior Night, LSU improved to 10-3 overall and 5-2 against Southeastern Conference competition.
Once the meet got started the Tigers displayed a consistency throughout the evening, earning a 49.450 on vault, 49.475 on bars, season-high 49.450 on beam and a 49.425 on floor.
Kentucky (9-10, 2-5 SEC) posted a 49.025 on vault, 48.950 on bars, 47.775 on beam and 49.250 on floor to finish with a 195.000.
Junior Rheagan Courville won her seventh all-around title of the season with a 39.625. She tied for the vault title with a 9.925, and she earned the bars title with a career-high tying 9.95.
Senior Kaleigh Dickson finished with an outstanding meet on Senior Night as she scored a career-high 39.500 in the all-around and tied for the vault title with a 9.925.
Freshman Ashleigh Gnat posted a 9.95 on beam for the second consecutive meet, and it earned her the beam title. She has three beam titles this season.
No. 2 Oklahoma 197.425, Arkansas 196.650
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Oklahoma earned its 15th win of the season and 10th against a ranked opponent in a 197.425-196.650 win against No. 16 Arkansas on Friday night. The Sooners won three of four individual event titles on the road while posting a 49.300 or higher on three of four events.
OU was led by Haley Scaman's third 10.0 of the season and first on vault as the sophomore won the event title. Scaman is now the first Sooner in program history to earn three perfect 10.0s as well as the first to earn a 10.0 on multiple events.
Senior Taylor Spears took top honors on beam, scoring a 9.95 to lead Oklahoma on the event. Keeley Kmieciak also earned her third title of the season and first on bars as she won the event with a 9.85.
No. 4 Alabama 197.925, Auburn 196.175
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama beat No. 11 Auburn in Coleman Coliseum Friday on Senior Night 197.925-196.175 in front of a 13,089 fans.
Senior Kim Jacob closed out her final meet in Coleman Coliseum with a career-best 39.625 to win the all-around while freshman Katie Bailey was third with a career-best of her own, going 39.400.
After opening strong on its first two events, the Tide exploded on the balance beam, turning in a 49.650, the second highest score in school history, behind a 10.0 from junior Kaitlyn Clark. It was the Crimson Tide's second 10.0 of the season and the first on balance beam since 2003. Alabama also posted 9.95s on the balance beam from Jacob and freshman Aja Sims.
Clark's perfect mark is just the seventh Tide 10.0 on the balance beam and the first since Jeana Rice was perfect against Georgia 11 years ago.
Alabama followed the balance beam with a 49.500 on the floor exercise paced by Milliner's 9.95 in the anchor position. Freshman Amanda Jetter and sophomore Lauren Beers both chipped in 9.9s to the Tide's floor total.