The top two women’s gymnastics teams in the country faced off Sunday afternoon in Norman, and the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners were firing on all cylinders in their biggest matchup of the season. It turned out that they needed every single point to pull off the 197.775-197.575 victory over No. 2 UCLA. This one was personal for OU after coming in second to the Bruins at the NCAA Super Six last season.
In front of a record crowd of 1️⃣0️⃣,1️⃣7️⃣7️⃣ the No. 1 Sooners took down No. 2 UCLA!— Oklahoma Women's Gym (@OU_WGymnastics) March 3, 2019
What a meet and thank you for showing up today, Sooner Nation!
Quick Recap: https://t.co/nkk4lj0cDI pic.twitter.com/4G25cOhDvI
The first event was the vault, where all five Sooners scored a 9.8 or higher. Junior Jade Degouveia made an early statement by posting a nearly perfect career-high 9.95 vault.
JADE. DEGOUVEIA.— Oklahoma Women's Gym (@OU_WGymnastics) March 3, 2019
She ABSOLUTELY NAILS that 1.5 for a 9.95! pic.twitter.com/Q9ipeIK2fU
OU posted one of it’s strongest showings of the day on the bars where Karrie Thomas, Brenna Dowell, Nicole Lehrmann, and Maggie Nichols all posted consecutive 9.925 routines to give the Sooners a 49.575 team score.
The teams were tied at 148.200 headed into the final rotation. It all came down to freshman Olivia Trautman’s floor routine in the anchor spot. Trautman, who posted a perfect 10 floor routine just a few weeks ago, flawlessly executed a 9.95 routine to cap off the victory for the Sooners.
Another notable number from Sunday was the record crowd of 10,177.
Yesterday's men's basketball attendance: 7,921. https://t.co/1ZWCQknuQ6— George Stoia III (@GeorgeStoia) March 3, 2019
It turns out that if you put a decent product on the floor at the Lloyd Noble Center, people will show up to watch. Who knew?
Sunday’s win helped OU remain undefeated on the season with only three matchups remaining before the Big 12 Championships. The Sooners’ next matchup is next Saturday, March 9 at Michigan (11 a.m. CT).