No. 8 Gymnastics Concludes Road Swing at Missouri
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The eighth-ranked LSU gymnastics team will wrap up a four-week road stint at 6:30 p.m. CT Friday when the Tigers take on newly-added SEC member Missouri in the Hearnes Center.
Live audio will be available starting at 6:25 p.m. inside the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live, and Mike Smith and Shelby Prunty will call the action.
The meet marks the first meeting between LSU and Missouri in Columbia since Jan. 18, 1998 when LSU competed in the Shakespeare's Festival meet hosted by Missouri.
LSU (6-2, 2-1 SEC) is looking for a strong road score before coming back to the Maravich Center next week, and Missouri (1-5, 0-3) is trying to pick up its first conference win as a member of the SEC.
"This week we did less numbers of routines at practice, but we upped the intensity to mimic competition by running through lineups throughout the week," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "We want to be a little more spirited and consistent in our performance at Missouri, and hopefully our scores will reflect that."
LSU is coming off a 195.875-195.250 win at Kentucky last week in a meet in which the Tigers swept the individual titles, and LSU will look to carry that momentum into Friday's competition against Missouri.
Last week, Rheagan Courville won the all-around with a 39.225 and the beam title with a career-high 9.95, while Randi Lau won vault with a 9.90, Sarie Morrison won bars with a 9.85 and Lloimincia Hall won floor with a 9.875.
The Tigers enter the meet as the second-ranked team nationally on vault with a 49.320 average and the No. 4 team on floor with a 49.290 mark.
Missouri is coming off a 196.725-194.575 loss at home to Auburn, and senior Tori Howard placed first on beam with a career-high 9.90 to highlight Missouri's performance. Rachel Updike, Cat Aliceaacosta and Mackenzie McGill also set or matched career high marks against Auburn.
LSU is 24-6 all-time against Missouri, including a 6-4 record in Columbia, and this meet marks the first regular season match-up since the 2011 Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, when LSU beat Missouri 195.550-193.400.
In addition to the live audio broadcast on www.LSUsports.net/live, fans can follow LSU gymnastics on Twitter @LSUgym and at www.Facebook.com/LSUgym to receive live updates during the meet.