Feb. 15, 2012
Columbia, Mo. -- The Tigers host No. 3 Oklahoma this Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the Hearnes Center. The Tigers are honoring National Women in Sports Night at the event, and kids 8th grade and under who wear a sport uniform to the meet will receive free admission. The general public will receive $1 admission to the meet as well.
Last Time Out
The Missouri Gymnastics Team took third among the nation's best on Friday (Feb. 10). The Tigers posted a 195.525 team score to finish just behind No. 7 UCLA (196.850) and No. 15 Boise State (196.025). Mizzou finished ahead of No. 19 Illinois, who posted a 195.100. Senior Mary Burke took the all-around title at the meet with a score of 39.375. She finished ahead of UCLA's Samantha Peszek who came into the meet undefeated in the all-around.
Missouri stays at home next weekend as Bowling Green comes in to town. The Tigers host the Falcons on Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Missouri travels to Denver for another quad meet on March 3 as well. Mizzou will compete against Denver, Western Michigan and West Virginia at the meet before heading to Tuscaloosa on March 16.
Scouting the Sooners
The Oklahoma Sooners are ranked 3rd in the nation this season, and the team is coming to Mizzou off of a win at the Perfect 10 Challenge. Oklahoma took first in the tri-meet against Iowa State and SEMO with a score of 197.200. With the win, three Sooners took the weekly honors given out by the Big 12 Conference. Taylor Spears and Megan Ferguson are having great seasons for the Sooners, Ferguson ranks at No. 14 in the nation on the uneven bars and third in the nation on beam. She also ranks fifth on the floor exercise. Sara Stone is in a tie for 15th in the nation on vault.
Missouri is now 5-2 against ranked opponents as the Tigers knocked off No. 24 Iowa State on Jan. 8, No. 16 Denver on Jan. 20, No. 4 Nebraska, No. 23 NC State, and No. 18 Illinois. Two of the wins have been upsets.
Rachel Updike has been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for five consecutive weeks, marking the first time that Missouri has earned this award in consecutive weeks, and the first time any gymnast has earned a weekly award five weeks in a row. She is one of three gymnasts in the Big 12 to win a weekly award five times in one season.
The Tigers are on their way to one of the best starts in program history as the team is now 6-2. The Tigers started off 5-0 before taking 3rd place in the Chicago Style Invite. It is the first time in program history that Missouri has won five consecutive dual meets to start the season.
Freshman Rachel Updike has been named to CollegeSports360's Primetime Performers Honor Roll twice this season. Senior Mary Burke earned the honor most recently on Jan. 31 also.
Mizzou Gymnastics plans to host a golf tournament in April. Anyone interested in participating can contact Jennifer Green.