Gymnastics looks for its first conference win against Kentucky on Friday.
Feb. 13, 2013
Friday, February 15; 6:00 p.m. CT
Memorial Coliseum; Lexington, Ky.
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Last Time Out
Missouri put up a 194.575 score for the second consecutive week against the LSU Tigers last Friday night in the Hearnes Center. LSU scored a 197.275 to win the meet, but several Missouri Tigers matched or set new career high scores at the meet. Freshman Miranda Eubank kicked off the record breaking with a 9.750 score on the vault, and Howard followed that up with a career high 9.850 on vault as well. Sophomore Rachel Updike took first on the balance beam with a career high 9.900 score for her routine. Sophomore Laura Kappler made her first appearance as an all-around competitor at the meet as well.
Looking at Kentucky
Ranked at No. 17 in the nation this week, the Kentucky Wildcats are coming off of a 195.825 tie with the Georgia Bulldogs in Lexington. The number also marks a season high for the Wildcats. The Wildcats saw the LSU Tigers the week before, falling to LSU 195.875-195.250. Kentucky junior Audrey Harrison earned a career-high 39.300 all-around score against Georgia, taking the all-around title for the second consecutive week and the fourth time this season. In all, she has eight individual event honors from the 2013 season so far.
History vs. Kentucky
The Tigers and the Wildcats have seen each other 13 times over the course of history boasting an 11-1 record. The Tigers also have a 1-0 record against the Wildcats in post season competition. The two teams last met in 2010 at the Lady Luck invitaitonal. Missouri took first at the meet with a score of 195.625 while Kentucky came in second with a 195.525 score.
Freshman Miranda Eubank gets a homecoming of sorts this weekend as the Tigers will compete in her home state of Kentucky. Eubank hails from Louisville, where she trained at Champions Gymnastics.
Sophomore All-American Rachel Updike currently checks in at 18th in the nation on the vault with a 9.885 average score.
Missouri's win over TWU at the Air Force Quad Meet marks Missouri Gymnastics' 360th win in the regular season.
Two more meets this season will be televised regionally and nationally, next up will be the Tigers' meet at Kentucky, which will air on ESPU on Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m., and Mizzou's March 1 meet against Arkansas will appear on Fox Sports Net on March 9 at 11 p.m.
This year's Beauty and the Beast brought in the 10th largest crowd in Missouri history, and the largest crowd for a Beauty and the Beast event ever. The Tigers hosted 6,486 fans for the event.
Sophomore Laura Kappler competed in the all-around for the first time in her career on Friday against LSU earning a 38.175 score.
Sophomore Rachel Updike has never scored below a 9.750 on the vault. She has scored above a 9.825 in all but one meet over the past two seasons.
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