No. 1 Oklahoma scores a program record 198.500 against No. 3 Florida
NORMAN, Okla. -- Senior Night was one to remember for No. 1 Oklahoma. Records were shattered left and right as the Sooners soared to a 198.500-198.100 win against No. 3 Florida.
OU's team score shattered its previous program record of 198.375 set in 2013 and ranks No. 6 all-time on the NCAA team scoring charts. The mark is the highest in the country this season and included program record scores on both beam (49.750) and floor (49.725). The team competed in front of a program-record crowd of 4,138 fans at the Lloyd Noble Center.
The Sooners have now set new program records on every event and in team scoring within the last two seasons.
Senior Erica Brewer scored the first perfect 10.0 in the country on balance beam this season and the first 10.0 of her career, while Haley Scaman earned her first 10.0 on floor of the season and the fifth of her career on all events.
Florida's Alex McMurtry took the individual title on vault with a 9.975, while Gator Bridget Sloan earned top honors on bars with a 9.975 as well. Kytra Hunter won the all-around title.
The Sooners shot out of the gates on vault with a 49.525 performance, including a team-best 9.95 in the anchor position from Scaman. The rotation started strong with a 9.9 from Kara Lovan and continued at a blazing pace with 9.9s from Keeley Kmieciak and Chayse Capps.
Freshman Brenna Dowell added a 9.875, while Ali Jackson earned a 9.85.
Oklahoma fell behind the Gators early as Florida got off to a hot start as well, earning a 49.550 on bars behind Sloan's meet-best 9.975. After one rotation, OU trailed by the narrowest of margins: 49.550-49.525.
OU took their momentum to bars and rode it to a 49.500 performance. Dowell paced the lineup in the anchor spot with a 9.95, while Scaman and Kmieciak each contributed 9.9 efforts. Rebecca Clark and McKenzie Wofford each tacked on 9.875 outings for the Sooners.
OU posts a MASSIVE 198.500 to top Florida! That's a program-record team score and the No. 6 score in NCAA history! pic.twitter.com/cQhsVHaAQa— Oklahoma Women's Gym (@OU_WGymnastics) March 7, 2015
Florida maintained its lead over the Sooners with a 49.550 outing on vault. McMurtry's 9.975 led the lineup in the anchor position, giving UF a 99.100-99.025 lead after two events.
That was when the Sooners took control.
Oklahoma exploded for a record-setting beam rotation, earning a program-best 49.750 on the apparatus. The score snapped a record of 49.675 set in 2003. The crowning moment of the rotation came in Brewer's flawless beam set at the end of the lineup. She became the first Sooner to post a 10.0 on beam since 2003 and only the third in program history.
OU's seniors paced the lineup top-to-bottom as Haley Sorensen added a career-high 9.95 in the No. 2 position and Clark tied her career-best of 9.925. Capps was exquisite in the No. 5 position for a 9.95 as well, while Kmieciak nailed her double back dismount for a 9.925 in the lead off spot. Lovan rounded things out with a 9.9 in the No. 4 spot.
Florida couldn't match Oklahoma's pace in their third rotation on floor, earning a solid 49.475. Hunter and Bridgette Caquatto led the Gators with identical 9.925s. After three events, OU stole away the lead by a mark of 148.775-148.575.
It was a lead the Sooners would not relinquish. Oklahoma went lights-out on floor exercise with a program record mark of 49.725 that included Scaman's 10.0. The score is the fifth perfect score of Scaman's career and her third on floor. Her five 10.0s continue to be a program record for perfect scores in a career.
The backend of OU's lineup was on fire as freshmen Jackson and Dowell each picked up 9.95 scores for their efforts. Lovan was beautifully precise in the No. 3 position for a career-high-tying 9.925, while Brewer led off by matching her own career-best of 9.9.
Florida picked up a 49.525 on beam behind a 9.975 from Hunter. The effort would not be enough to catch Oklahoma as the Gators finished with their own strong mark of 198.100.
Oklahoma finished the regular season undefeated at home with a 4-0 mark overall.