BATON ROUGE - Freshman Rheagan Courville won her third all-around title of the season while the 13th-ranked LSU gymnastics team tallied the second-best score of the season with a 196.575 against No. 3 Alabama in front of 4,013 fans Friday night in the Maravich Center.
Alabama earned a 197.025 to win the meet, but the Tigers kept the score close throughout the meet with a 49.150 on vault, 49.100 on beam and a season-high 49.350 to end the meet on floor.
"We competed well, the kids were very aggressive and we responded tonight to what we worked on all week in practice," head coach D-D Breaux said. "The difference in the meet was sticking landings, but overall we are growing and getting a high level of intensity in our competition."
Courville registered a 39.450 to win the all-around ahead of Alabama's Geralen Stack-Eaton who finished with a 39.400.
Hall picked up her fourth floor title of the year by shattering her season high with a 9.95. Lau posted a season-best 9.85 on floor, Lee scored a career-high 9.825 on floor, Mathis earned a 9.85 on floor, Prunty recorded a 9.825 on beam and Courville tied her best with a 9.90 on floor.
The Tigers counted scores on vault from Jessie Jordan (9.80), Courville (9.90), Lau (9.85), Mathis (9.80) and Hall (9.80). On bars LSU counted a 9.85 from Sarie Morrison, 9.825 from Courville, Lau's 9.80, and 9.75's from Hall and Jordan.
LSU's 49.100 tied for the second-highest score in the event this season as the Tigers received 9.85's from Jordan and Lau, 9.825's from Courville and Prunty, and a 9.75 from Hall.
Hall led the Tigers on floor with the 9.95 in the anchor spot, and Courville placed second in the event with a 9.90. Mathis scored a 9.85 and Ashley Lee and Jordan both tallied a 9.825.
Alabama (9-0, 6-0) tallied a 49.350 on beam, 49.300 on vault, 49.225 on floor and 49.150 on bars.
The meet will air on ESPNU at 9:30 p.m. CT on March 1 and on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. on March 4.
Next week LSU will play host to North Carolina State in the Fifth Annual Etta James Memorial Meet as the LSU Athletics Department partners with Foundation 56 to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. The meet will begin at 7 p.m. inside the Maravich Center.
"The Etta James Memorial meet is a big deal," Breaux said. "When we put on that pink leotard it's like we are competing with a different mission and cause. It's exciting, and we are looking forward to a great crowd."
1. Alabama 197.025 (VT - 49.300, UB - 49.150, BB - 49.350, FX - 49.225)
2. LSU 196.575 (VT - 49.150, UB - 48.975, BB - 49.100, FX - 49.350)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)
Vault - t1. Diandra Milliner (Alabama) 9.925; t1. Marissa Gutierrez (Alabama) 9.925; 3. Rheagan Courville 9.90; 5. Randi Lau 9.85; t6. Lloimincia Hall 9.80; t6. Jessie Jordan 9.80; t6. Maliah Mathis 9.80; 12. Kaleigh Dickson 9.725
Bars - t1. Geralen Stack-Eaton (Alabama) 9.875; t1. Ashley Priess (Alabama) 9.875; 3. Sarie Morrison 9.85; 4. Rheagan Courville 9.825; t5. Randi Lau 9.80; t9. Jessie Jordan 9.75; t9. Lloimincia Hall 9.75; 12. Lainie Fleming 9.70
Beam - 1. Ashley Priess (Alabama) 9.925; t5. Jessie Jordan 9.85; t5. Randi Lau 9.85; t7. Rheagan Courville 9.825; t7. Shelby Prunty 9.825; 10. Lloimincia Hall 9.75; 12. Kaleigh Dickson 8.85
Floor - 1. Lloimincia Hall 9.95; t2. Rheagan Courville 9.90; 5. Maliah Mathis 9.85; t6. Jessie Jordan 9.825; t6. Ashley Lee 9.825; t9. Kaleigh Dickson 9.80