No. 3 LSU stays perfect in SEC competition, drops No. 2 Florida
BATON ROUGE, La. – A school-record crowd of 12,217 fans inside the Maravich Center watched No. 3 LSU take down the second-ranked Florida Gators, 197.950-197.425, Friday night.
With the win LSU improved to 9-1 overall and 6-0 against Southeastern Conference competition.
The attendance surpassed the previous record of 8,574 set on March 8, 2013 versus Alabama.
The Tigers extended two streaks on the night: 13 consecutive home meets with a 197 or higher score and 11 home wins in a row dating back to the 2013 season.
Overall, LSU posted a 49.425 on vault, 49.500 on bars, 49.450 on beam and 49.575 on floor to tally the second-highest score of the season with a 197.950.
Florida (5-2, 4-2) finished with a 197.425 on the strength of a 49.425 on vault, 49.450 on bars, 49.225 on beam and 49.325 on floor.
“This team came out with a tenacious attitude, kept its nerve and every performer believed in each other,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “Our ladies are staying in the process and taking it one meet at a time, and I am proud of the way they carried themselves tonight.
“I also want to say thank you so much to everyone who came out and cheered us on tonight. It means so much to receive that kind of support, and I am so proud and excited to be a part of what we are doing at LSU.”
Rheagan Courville posted a 39.625 to win her fourth all-around title of the season. It also marked her 25th career all-around title, placing her in a tie with April Burkholder for the most all-around titles in LSU history.
Courville recorded her seventh bars title this season with a 9.95, which moved her into sole possession of third place in program history with 17 career bars titles.
Lloimincia Hall moved to the top of the LSU record books when she won the floor title with a 9.975. It was the 28th floor title of Hall’s career, surpassing Ashleigh Clare-Kearney and Burkholder for most floor titles in school history.
Jessie Jordan, who placed second in the all-around with a 39.575, won her fifth beam title of the season and the 12th of her career with a 9.925.
LSU opened the meet with a 49.425 on vault, highlighted by 9.90s from Courville and Sydney Ewing. Hall, Jordan and Ashleigh Gnat provided 9.875s to round out the scoring.
After one rotation the Tigers narrowly trailed Florida, 49.450-49.425, but LSU took the lead for good in the second rotation.
LSU earned the second-highest bars total of the season with a 49.500, led by Courville’s 9.95 and career-high 9.90s from Jessica Savona and Shae Zamardi. Gnat also recorded a career best with a 9.875, and Randii Wyrick and Jordan registered 9.875s as well.
At the halfway point of the meet LSU led the Gators 98.925-98.875 and never looked back.
In the third rotation the Tigers tallied a 49.450 on beam. Jordan’s 9.925 in the anchor spot led the way, and Courville and Erin Macadaeg provided 9.90s to place second in the event. Gnat finished third with a 9.875, and Ewing led off with a solid 9.85.
LSU clinched victory in the fourth rotation with a 49.575 on floor, the second-best floor total of the season. Hall brought the crowd to a roaring ovation with a 9.975 in the anchor position to win the event. Gnat earned a 9.925 to finish second on the team on floor, and Jordan and Savona posted 9.90s. Courville rounded out the scoring with a 9.875.