LAS VEGAS -- LSU senior gymnast Susan Jackson posted an outstanding 39.625 all-around score to capture the title while the 16th-ranked Tigers improved their score from last week and finished third in the Lady Luck Invitational with a 195.350 Friday night at the South Point Hotel and Casino.
Missouri won the meet with a final score of 195.625 while Kentucky finished second at 195.525 and LSU (2-2, 0-1 SEC) scored a 195.350. Arizona State finished a distant fourth with a 192.675.
"The first two kids up on floor had some technical deductions in their routines that we are going to go home and fix," head coach D-D Breaux said. "It was totally my miss and my fault, and it probably would have been enough to put us over the top in the meet even with the debacle on beam.
"We got a lot of positives out of this meet. The kids are fired up and excited and saw great things out of themselves. We will regroup, get some technical things straight on floor and bounce back next week at home against Auburn."
Jackson not only captured the all-around title, but she also added three other event titles with a 9.95 on vault, 9.90 on beam and 9.85 on floor. Jackson also posted a 9.925 on bars to finish second in the event.
LSU was on fire to open the meet as the Tigers rolled to a 49.375 on vault, including career highs from Sabrina Franceschelli and Ashley Lee as they both scored a 9.90. Jackson won the event with a 9.95, and Kayla Rogers and Gloria Johnson added a 9.825 and 9.80, respectively, to contribute to the outstanding team score.
The Tigers stretched the lead after two rotations with a 49.275 on bars. Summer Hubbard tied her career high and won the event title with a 9.95, while Jackson's 9.925 helped LSU build a high score. Samantha Engle posted a 9.85, Franceschelli scored a 9.825 and freshman Shelby Prunty added a 9.725 to give LSU a six-tenths advantage after two events.
LSU led Missouri, 98.650-98.250, heading into the third rotation, but the Tigers could not hold the lead.
LSU struggled to a 48.175 score on beam, and the Tigers had to count a fall when Johnson and Prunty both fell to open the event. Jackson's 9.90 was the high point of the event, and Franceschelli added a 9.775 for LSU.
Rogers and Franceschelli led off floor for LSU, but both did not have all the difficulty needed in their routines to open at a 10.0 start value, so despite excellent performances, Rogers and Franceschelli tallied 9.550 and 9.60 scores, respectively. Hubbard scored a 9.75, Engle posted a 9.775 and Jackson earned a 9.85, but it was not enough for the Tigers to pull out the victory.
Even though LSU ended the meet in a disappointing fashion, the Tigers raised the team score by nearly one point, from a 194.375 against Maryland to 195.350.
LSU will be back in action Jan. 22 when the Tigers face Auburn at 7 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
1. Missouri 195.625 (VT - 49.050, UB - 49.200, BB - 48.900, FX - 48.475)
2. Kentucky 195.525 (VT - 49.300, UB - 48.925, BB - 48.250, FX - 49.050)
3. LSU 195.350 (VT - 49.375, UB - 49.275, BB - 48.175, FX - 48.525)
4. Arizona State 192.675 (VT - 48.650, UB - 48.675, BB - 48.000, FX - 47.350)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)