Third-ranked LSU ends busy weekend with huge win at No. 2 Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. -- Competing for the second time in three days, third-ranked LSU posted the nation’s top road score and a season-high tying 197.650 to beat second-ranked Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon in Lloyd Noble Center.
LSU improved to 5-1 on the season and took the lead in the all-time series against Oklahoma 10-9.
It marks LSU’s second 197.650 score of the season after the Tigers accomplished that in a win against Alabama on Jan. 31 in the Maravich Center.
The Tigers earned season highs on vault on beam with a 49.600 and 49.325, respectively. The 49.600 ranks as the third-best vault total in school history, and the 49.325 on beam is the best score on the event for LSU since April 6 of last year when the Tigers posted a 49.350 at the NCAA Columbus Regional.
The win is LSU’s first against a top-five opponent in a road dual meet since Feb. 13, 2009 when the Tigers defeated No. 5 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, 196.625-195.750.
Junior Jessie Jordan won her second all-around title of the season with a career-high 39.525.
Senior Sarie Morrison took home her third vault title of the year with a season-high 9.975, and she captured her fourth bars title of the season with a 9.925. Morrison has 24 bars titles and 10 vault titles in her career.
In addition, Morrison is up to 37 career individual titles that ties for 10th in LSU history with Rachelle Fruge' who competed from 1988-91.
Freshman Ashleigh Gnat posted a season-high 9.90 on beam to win her first career title in that event and her second title of the weekend after she tied for the vault crown at Arkansas.
“We came in here determined to show the nation what this team is all about, and we made that statement today,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “Oklahoma is a fabulous team, and we knew we had to compete at a high level to have a chance to win. They gave us an opening on beam, and we took it.
“I’m proud of our ladies for fighting hard during a long weekend and coming away with two great road scores and two wins.”
LSU opened the meet with a 49.225 on bars, led by Morrison’s 9.925 in the anchor spot. Britney Ranzy matched her career high with a 9.875, while Randii Wyrick and Jessie Jordan provided 9.825s. Kaleigh Dickson led off with a 9.775.
The Tigers roared to a 49.600 on vault in the second rotation, tying for the third-best vault score in school history. Morrison earned her third vault title of the year with a season-high 9.975 to pace the Tigers. Jordan and Ranzy tied their career highs with 9.925s, while Dickson led off the event with a season-best 9.90. Ashleigh Gnat earned a 9.875, and Rheagan Courville anchored with a 9.85.
After two rotations, LSU trailed Oklahoma, 99.000-98.825, but the Tigers seized the lead in the third rotation by outscoring the Sooners, 49.500-48.800.
Lloimincia Hall anchored floor with a 9.95, Courville added a 9.925 and Jordan provided a 9.90 to lead the Tigers to a 49.500. Jessica Savona scored a 9.875 and Dickson and Gnat tallied 9.85s to round out the scoring.
For the second meet in a row, LSU recorded a season-high beam total in the final rotation as the Tigers scored a 49.325 against the Sooners. Gnat led the way with a 9.90 to win the event, while Courville, Jordan and Hall earned 9.875s to pace the team. Dickson added a 9.80 to help LSU finish with a season high in the event.
Oklahoma fell to 3-2 overall after suffering its first home loss since 2012.