Gymnastics Returns Home to Face Missouri
BATON ROUGE – The top-ranked LSU gymnastics team will begin a three-meet home stand when the Tigers take on Missouri at 7 p.m. CT Friday inside the Maravich Center.
Tickets are available for purchase at a cost of $5 for adults and $3 for youth ages 3-12, and fans can buy tickets online at http://www.lsutix.net/, over the phone at 225-578-2184 or in person at the LSU Ticket Office on the first floor of the athletic administration building.
The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a set of LSU gymnastics trading cards. There will also be a post-meet autograph session with the team.
Doors to the Maravich Center open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and while tickets will be available for purchase at the arena, fans are encouraged to buy tickets ahead of time to avoid potential lines.
LSU (7-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) will compete at home for the first time in nearly a month after the Tigers wrapped up a four-meet road swing last week at Florida.
During that stretch LSU earned the nation’s second-, third- and fourth-highest road scores this season, including a school-record 197.875 at the Metroplex Challenge.
“We have to eliminate the things that are keeping us from achieving bigger and better scores, and I know we have the capability to do it,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “We worked hard in the gym this week to correct the little mistakes, and we are excited to be back at home in front of our great fans.
“It’s been a long time since we have been in the Maravich Center, so we are ready to get in and compete against a solid Missouri team.”
LSU will face a Missouri squad coming off two of its strongest performances of the year with a season-high 195.725 at home on Feb. 21 followed by a 195.125 at Lindenwood on Feb. 23.
LSU enters the meet as the No. 1 team nationally on vault and floor, and for the first time in school history three gymnasts are ranked No. 1 in a category. Rheagan Courville is the nation’s top-ranked all-arounder with a 39.595 regional qualifying score (RQS), while Sarie Morrison is No. 1 on bars at 9.935 and Jessie Jordan is No. 1 on beam at 9.915.
A total of six Tigers are ranked in the Top 25 in at least one category, including Lloimincia Hall who is ranked second nationally on floor, Britney Ranzy who is 18th on bars and Ashleigh Gnat who is 20th on vault.
Missouri (6-4, 0-3) is led by junior Rachel Updike who is ranked 12th nationally on vault with a 9.90 RQS. Updike recorded a career-high 39.525 all-around total in Missouri’s last outing on Feb. 23.
LSU is 26-6 all-time against Missouri, including an 11-0 record at home. The two teams last squared off in Baton Rouge in the 2008 NCAA Regional in which LSU won the title and Missouri finished fourth.
A victory against Missouri on Friday would mark win No. 250 inside the Maravich Center as the Tigers enter the meet with an all-time home record of 249-55-3.
Live video will be available to Geaux Zone members at www.LSUsports.net/live, and live stats will also be available at LSUsports.net.
Fox Sports Net (FSN) will televise the meet on a tape delay basis with the first airing scheduled for March 8 at noon.