Sophomore Miranda Eubank and the Tigers head to St. Charles, Mo this Friday, Feb. 14
Feb. 13, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri gymnastics was set for an SEC road trip at Georgia this Friday, but due to inclement weather the meet has been cancelled. The Tigers will now travel to St. Charles, Mo. tomorrow evening to compete against Lindenwood University and Illinois State University in the 15th annual GymQuarters Invitational.
The three team invite will be held at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. and promptly begin at 6:00 p.m. CT. This will mark the second meeting between Lindenwood and Missouri this season, as the Lady Lions traveled to Columbia, Mo. earlier this year for an exhibition contest. The last time Illinois State competed with Missouri was in Feb. 2010, as the Redbirds visited the Hearnes Center.
Tigers fans can follow the action live online by visiting www.lindenwoodlions.com. For more information on how to purchase tickets for the invitational in St. Charles, Mo., contact Lindenwood Athletics' ticket office at 636-949-4953 or the Family Arena box office (via MetroTix) at 314-534-1111.
Tigers vs. Lady Lions & Redbirds Quick Facts
Missouri enters tonight's meet fresh off their first meet victory of the 2014 season. Last Friday (Feb. 7), the Southeast Missouri Redhawks made their way to the Hearnes Center for the Tigers' annual "Beauty and the Beast" meet. For one night only, the Missouri gymnastics programs teams up with the Missouri wrestling program and both teams compete on the same floor simultaneously.
The Tigers cruised to a comfortable 194.125 - 190.900 team win over the Redhawks, led by a season-high total on floor with a 48.975 score. Junior Rachel Updike had an outstanding night against SEMO, as she took home all five individual event titles. Her 9.850 on vault, 9.825 on bars, 9.775 on beam, 9.900 on floor, and 39.350 in the all-around moved her 2014 event titles total to nine.
Illinois State hosted Alaska-Anchorage at the Horton Field House last Friday evening, and came away with a 191.025 - 188.925 victory. The Redbirds edged the visiting Seawolves in three-of-four events, only losing in the beam total.
Lindenwood saw an all-time best performance by their team last Sunday (Feb. 9) at Texas Women's. Their final score of 192.650 marked the program's highest regular season finish of all-time.
Last Time Missouri and Lindenwood Met
(Dec. 8, 2013) Lindenwood traveled to the Hearnes Center to begin the 2013-14 season for the Missouri Tigers. The Lady Lions and Tigers competed in each team's exhibition opener, as the night marked the annual "Black and Gold" meet in Columbia. Sophomore Blair Elmore competed in the all-around for the host Tigers, and recorded solid scores of 9.700 on bars and 9.800 on beam. Freshman and hometown Missouri gymnast, Angie Kern, made her NCAA debut and impressed with scores of 9.750 on vault and 9.700 on floor.
Missouri vs. Lindenwood History
In two all-time meetings, the Tigers hold a 2-0 (1.00) advantage. Both meetings have come during the regular season, with Missouri competing against the Lady Lions each of the past two years.
Last Time Missouri and Illinois State Met
(Feb. 26, 2010) The Redbirds made their way to mid-Missouri for a late season meet, and Missouri tallied a 196.875 - 194.400 team victory. The Tigers team total marked their season-high at that point, and was highlighted by 13 new career-highs from six of the Tigers gymnasts. Former Missouri All-American, Sarah Shire, posted the all-around school record of 39.725 in the victory over Illinois State.
Missouri vs. Illinois State History
In 21 all-time meetings, Missouri holds a 17-4 (.810) advantage, which includes a 16-3 (.842) mark in regular season matchups and a 1-1 (.500) record in postseason contests. Prior to their last meeting in 2010, the two programs met every year from 2001-2005 and Missouri swept each meet against the Redbirds. Illinois State competed in two Cat Classics at Columbia, Mo. in addition to a Mizzou Invitational.
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