Jan. 22, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - After another successful Pink Out meet at the Hearnes Center last week, the Missouri Gymnastics team is set to host another Top-25 SEC opponent this Friday with the No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats coming to mid-Missouri. The meet will be the third consecutive contest against a Top-25 foe and begin at 6:30 p.m. CT.
Adult tickets for Friday's meet are available for $5 each, while youth and seniors tickets can be purchased for $3 apiece. Hearnes Center gates and ticket office will open at 5:00 p.m. CT. For additional Missouri Gymnastics ticket details, contact the Mizzou Athletics ticket office at 1-800-CAT-PAWS.
Similar to last week's Pink Out meet, fans will have the opportunity to take part in numerous pre-and-post meet activities. Kids can head over to the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse prior to the competition beginning at 5:00 p.m. A bounce house and face painter will both be on-hand for entertainment. Following the meet against the Wildcats, fans can head up to the Hearnes Center concourse for an autograph session with the Missouri Tigers freshmen.
This will be the first of three autograph sessions that will highlight the Tigers graduating classes. Missouri sophomores will be available to sign following the Beauty and the Beast meet (Feb. 7), while fans can meet the junior and senior classes at the conclusion of the Feb. 21 meet vs. George Washington.
Another exciting giveaway rounds out the night's promotions vs. Kentucky, as the first 250 kids in attendance (13-and-under) will receive a free Mizzou mini foam finger.
Tigers vs. Wildcats Quick Facts
Missouri hosted their annual Pink Out meet this past Friday in Columbia, Mo. While the Tigers fell overall to the visiting Arkansas Razorbacks, the team saw substantial progress across the board. An incredible 11 gymnasts either tied or surpassed their career-highs. Similar to their 2014 opening meet at Alabama, the Tigers opened their meet strong this past Friday, as they posted solid scores on both vault (48.775) and bars (48.825). In their first rotation on vault, three Missouri gymnasts set new career-highs, led by freshman Angie Kern's score of 9.825. The second rotation on bars also saw three Tigers establish personal bests, including juniors Briana Conkle and Rebecca Johnson both tallying 9.775.
Bars have proven to be the Tigers best event early on in the 2014 season. While the team ranks sixth in the event within the competitive SEC, Missouri's average score of 48.838 is good enough for T-17 nationally.
No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats competed in a talent rich tri-meet this past Saturday (Jan. 18) at Knoxville, Tenn. against No. 3 Alabama and No. 6 Nebraska. The Wildcats finished third in the meet, after posting a team total of 194.650. Kentucky had a collection of outstanding individual efforts at the tri-meet, as 12 new individual season high scores were established. Sophomore Marissa Beucler registered a career-high-tying 9.725 on vault, which helped lead the team to a season high total of 48.750 on the event.
The Wildcats' two premier events heading into Friday are beam and floor. In both events, the team ranks sixth inside the SEC. Kentucky possesses two of the top all-around performers in the conference, with Audrey Harrison (39.075 / 9th) and Shelby Hilton 38.700 / 14th) both ranking in the Top-15.
Last Time Missouri and Kentucky Met
(Feb. 15, 2013) In one of the closer meets of the 2013 season, Missouri lost at Kentucky by a score of 194.250 to 194.125. While the Tigers dropped the overall score, Miranda Eubank (9.900 bars) and Rachel Updike (9.875 vault) each picked up event titles on the evening. The Tigers recorded their season-best score on bars (49.075) during their first rotation of the night. Eubank's score of 9.900 at Lexington remains her career-high to this day. Updike and Taylor Medrea each produced 9.850 scores, while Mackenzie McGill finished with a 9.775 on her routine.
Missouri headed to vault for their second rotation, as Updike's score of 9.875 earned her first place for the event. Tori Howard posted a 9.725 to help round out the strong start for the Tigers. Audrey Harrison paced the Wildcats close victory at Memorial Coliseum. Her 39.300 all-around score led both teams, and also took home the beam title and shared top honors on bars and floor.
Missouri vs. Kentucky History
In 15 all-time meetings, including postseason, Missouri holds a 13-2 (.867) record against Kentucky. The Tigers have had their way with the Wildcats historically, which includes an impressive 11-2 (.846) regular season record and a perfect 2-0 mark when the two programs have met in the postseason.
Missouri looks to avenge last season's loss at Kentucky, and get back to their historically winnings ways against the Wildcats. In 2010, the two teams both competed at the Lady Luck Invitational. The Tigers edged Kentucky by a score of 195.625 - 195.525.
Friday will be the first time since 2004 that Kentucky has visited the Hearnes Center. At the popular Cat Classic seven years ago, Missouri defeated Kentucky 197.350 - 194.125.
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