No. 17 Missouri Ready for Mid-Season Test

MUTIGERS.COM Senior Becky Scholle set a career high on bars (9.850) against Centenary in 2008.
Senior Becky Scholle set a career high on bars (9.850) against Centenary in 2008.

Feb. 10, 2010

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 17 Missouri Tigers (6-1) will travel south to Shreveport, La., for a non-conference meet against Centenary College (0-6). The meet was originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m., but due to inclement weather in Texas and Louisiana, the contest was moved to Sunday, Feb. 14 at p.m. The meet will mark the third road contest of the season for the Tigers, who according to Head Coach Rob Drass, are still in search of the perfect meet.

"We are just looking to put a complete meet together," Drass said. "We want to build on what we did last weekend and create a top-to-bottom solid performance on each of the four events."

Missouri is coming off a 195.125-192.975 win against New Hampshire (7-1) at the annual Beauty and the Beast event. The Tigers saved the best for last as they performed to a crowd of 4,041 on floor and earned a 49.250 on the event.

"I thought we improved from the Nebraska meet last weekend," Drass said. "I think we can still do some more improvement. For us, it's a matter of just coming in confident with that energy and letting it permeate throughout the whole meet."

Senior All-American Sarah Shire (Columbia, Mo.) won her third all-around title of the season (16th overall) against UNH, as well as the vault and floor titles. Sophomore Mary Burke (Inverness, Ill.) earned top honors on bars and tied with Shire for the beam title. Missouri swept top honors on vault, floor and in the all-around.

The Tigers will look to keep the record perfect against the Ladies of Centenary, as Missouri is 13-0 in the all-time series.

Stay tuned to for news and results from Shreveport, La.

News and Notes

Scouting Centenary College (0-6)
The Centenary College Ladies are still in search of their first win of the season after dropping a close contest to S.E. Missouri last Friday. After four meets, the Ladies best event is vault where they average a 47.719. Centenary's highest team score of the season came against SEMO with a 190.100. The Ladies have seen high scores from senior Whitney Daugherty and freshman Amanda Holt. Daugherty posted a 9.750 and a 9.800 on floor during the first two meets of the season. Holt has been consistent on vault with a three scores of 9.700 or above with the highest a 9.725. Missouri and Centenary have competed 13 previous times with the Tigers owning all the wins. The two teams will match-up again on March 21 in Columbia, Mo.

Tigers step it up on the last event (again)
This year's Missouri gymnastics team has gone into the fourth rotation of every meet knowing that "it's not over until it's over." Because of that, the Tigers have recorded their highest event score in the final rotation in three of the five meets so far this season. In Las Vegas at the Lady Luck Invitational, the Missouri Tigers trailed the LSU Tigers by four tenths of a point heading to their final event of the night. Missouri posted a 49.200 on bars to come from behind and take first at the meet. Just one week later, Missouri was holding on to a lead of only half a tenth over Iowa State going into the fourth rotation. With five new career highs the Tigers received a 49.250 on floor to seal the victory. This past week's meet against New Hampshire didn't have the dramatic element going into the last rotation that the others have had this season, but Missouri was looking for redemption on the floor, which had given them their lowest score of the season the week before. The Tigers attacked the floor and earned themselves a 49.250 on the event (the second highest score on any event this season).

Shire earns 10th Big 12 weekly honor
The Big 12 Conference named senior All-American Sarah Shire Big 12 Gymnast of the Week for the third time this season. It is Shire's 10th weekly award overall from the conference, which puts her solely in second on the list of the most Big 12 Gymnast of the Week honors (she was tied at second with nine). She won the all-around (39.275), vault (9.825) and floor (9.900) titles and also tied for the beam title (9.800) against New Hampshire on Feb. 6. It marked the third all-around title of the season for the Missouri native and the 16th of her career. The senior is now one Big 12 Gymnast of the Week honor away from tying Nebraska's Emily Parsons with the most in Big 12 Conference history at 11.

Fourth annual Beauty and the Beast a success
Fans of both the Missouri gymnastics and wrestling teams crammed the Hearnes Center last weekend for the fourth annual Beauty and the Beast meet. The gymnastics Tigers defeated New Hampshire 195.125-192.975, while the wrestling Tigers fell to Oklahoma 25-10. Over 4,000 people enjoyed the two match-ups helping gymnastics become 4-0 all-time at the event. Free admission was granted to anyone with the donation of two cans of food. Overall, the event collected and donated 1,905 pounds of food for the Central Missouri Food Bank.
Date Opponent Score
2/9/07 SEMO W: 194.775-192.700
2/8/08 Centenary W: 195.800-192.325
2/13/09      Illinois W: 196.625-195.000
2/6/10 UNH W: 195.125-192.975



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