Freshman Alyson Heimsath and the Tigers make their way to No. 1 LSU Friday
Feb. 26, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Winners of six consecutive meet decisions, the Missouri gymnastics team travels to the newly ranked No. 1 LSU Tigers this Friday, Feb. 28. SEC foe Louisiana State earned top honors in the first national rankings from GymInfo.com, which ranks teams according to their regional qualifying scores (RQS). The dual meet at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La. begins at 7:00 p.m. CT and can be followed online at www.LSUSports.net.
Friday night's contest is the first conference meet for Missouri since Jan. 24 against Kentucky. Since their meet against the Wildcats, the Tigers have won six-of-seven matchups and look to continue their recent momentum against one of the top women's gymnastics programs in the country.
Missouri vs. LSU Quick Facts
Mizzou heads into Friday's meet fresh off their most successful weekend of the season. The Tigers earned victories over George Washington, Lindenwood and the Air Force Academy in a pair of meets. For the first time this year, Mizzou eclipsed the 195.000 team total mark after recording scores of 195.725 and 195.125.
Last Friday, Feb. 21 evening in Columbia, Mo. was a breakout performance for Mizzou, as they posted their 2014 season high score against the George Washington Colonials. Behind season bests on bars (49.300), beam (48.800) and floor (49.100) the Tigers finished with a 195.725 team total.
Mizzou's top event came on bars, as it marked the first time this season that the team had surpassed the 49.00 event benchmark. Sophomore Blair Elmore (9.750), junior Bri Conkle (9.850), freshman Sasha Sander (9.825), and junior Becca Johnson (9.900) all tallied new career-highs en route to the impressive event score.
The Tigers looked to bring their momentum with them to St. Charles, Mo. this past Sunday, Feb. 23 at a tri-meet with Lindenwood and the Air Force Academy. Thanks in large part to another strong performance by the Mizzou bars lineup, the Tigers yet again topped the 195.000 plateau with a final 195.125 team total.
Junior Rachel Updike shined for Mizzou at the tri-meet, establishing a new career-high on bars and all-around. In the fourth and final rotation for the Tigers, Updike anchored on bars and posted a personal best of 9.900, which capped off her all-around score of 39.525.
LSU traveled to SEC foe Florida this past Friday, Feb. 21 and fell overall 198.125 to 197.625. Despite the loss at Gainesville, Fla., LSU moved into the No. 1 national ranking after debuting as the top RQS score team in the country.
Last Time Missouri and LSU Met
(Feb. 8, 2013) For the first time, the two Tigers programs met as conference opponents within the SEC. LSU traveled to mid-Missouri last year, and earned a 197.275 to 194.575 team victory. Despite dropping the dual meet, several Missouri gymnasts posted career-highs throughout the evening. Miranda Eubank hit a personal best 9.750 on vault, and was followed by a career-high score of 9.850 on the event from Tori Howard. Rachel Updike's 9.900 score on beam would earn her the event title.
LSU arrived to the Hearnes Center as one of the top teams in the country and would not disappoint. The visiting Tigers finished with scores of 49.000 or above on each event, highlighted by their 49.500 event score on floor. Lloimincia Hall led the way for LSU, with her perfect 10.000 score on floor.
Missouri vs. LSU History
In 32 all-time meetings with the Tigers, Mizzou holds a 6-26 (.188) record. Mizzou has not had much success in both the regular season and postseason against LSU, as they hold 5-15 (.250) and 1-11 (.083) marks respectively.
Although the two programs were not conference foes until this past year, the pair of Tigers have shared a rich history with each other. Mizzou and LSU have met at an NCAA Regional 10 times, with the last coming in 2008. For a five-year stretch (1990-94), the two schools met at Regionals every single season.
LSU was a frequent visitor to one of the popular former events at the University of Missouri, the "Cat Classic." From 1981-85, the Tigers from Baton Rouge, La. made their way to the Hearnes Center and participated in the exciting meet with Mizzou.
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