No. 2 LSU finishes SEC competition a perfect 7-0, defeats No. 5 Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 2 LSU battled in a tight contest against No. 5 Alabama, and the Tigers put together a fantastic road performance to defeat the Crimson Tide 197.350-197.225 on Friday night in Coleman Coliseum.
The win moved LSU to 10-1 overall and gave the Tigers a perfect 7-0 Southeastern Conference record for the first time in program history.
Alabama was seeking its 50th consecutive home win, but the Tigers halted the streak behind solid routines throughout the meet. The last time Alabama lost at home was Feb. 13, 2009 when LSU won 196.625-195.750. The Crimson Tide dropped to 6-2 overall and 4-2 against the SEC.
LSU finished with a 49.375 on vault, 49.300 on bars, 49.200 on beam and 49.475 on floor to end with a 197.350.
“You have to learn how to win meets like this, and this team knows how,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “They have been tested week after week, and each time they fight hard and find a way to win. This team dealt with adversity all week and throughout the meet, and I am proud of these Fighting Tigers for their effort and tenacity.”
Jessie Jordan captured the all-around title with a season-high tying 39.575, highlighted by a career-best 9.925 on floor and a clutch 9.90 in the anchor spot on beam. Jordan won the beam and floor titles.
Freshman Myia Hambrick earned her second vault title of the season with a career-high tying 9.925.
For the first time in her four seasons as a Tiger, Rheagan Courville was not in the all-around as she only competed on vault and bars. Courville had been struggling all week with flu-like symptoms and was limited in practice.
The Tigers rallied around her and each other to come away with another victory away from home, pushing the team’s record to 6-1 on the road this season.
LSU opened on bars with a 49.300 that ranks as the Tigers’ second-best bars total on the road this season. Ashleigh Gnat, Rheagan Courville and Jordan tied for the team lead with 9.875s, while Randii Wyrick added a 9.85 and Shae Zamardi tallied a 9.825 to round out the scoring.
After posting a 49.375 on vault LSU took the lead against Alabama 98.675-98.600. Hambrick led the Tigers and won the event title with a career-high tying 9.925. Jessica Savona tied her career high with a 9.875, and Jordan also recorded a 9.875. Lloimincia Hall and Ashleigh Gnat wrapped up the scoring with matching 9.85s.
LSU increased the lead after three rotations to 0.325 at 148.150-147.825 when the Tigers posted a 49.475 on floor, the highest floor total on the road this season. Savona got things started with a season-high tying 9.90 in the leadoff spot, and the Tigers fed off the momentum. Ewing tallied a 9.85, and one gymnast later Jordan tied her career high with a 9.925 to win the title. Gnat and Hall put the finishing touches on a great rotation with 9.90s in the final spots on floor.
Alabama tried to rally in the fourth rotation with a 49.400 on floor, but LSU held fast with a 49.200 on beam to clinch the victory.
Breaux refers to Jordan as the “Ice Lady” because Jordan has “ice water in her veins” at the end of LSU’s beam lineup. Jordan lived up to that moniker tonight with a clutch 9.90 in the final beam routine of the meet to seal the Tigers win in front of 11,749 fans.
Hall and Gnat provided solid 9.85 beam routines, and Scarlett Williams stepped in for an ailing Courville to tally a season-best 9.825 in the fifth spot of the lineup. Ewing led off with a 9.775 to round out the Tigers’ scoring on beam.