LSU gymnastics beats Oklahoma in top-five showdown

NORMAN, Okla. — Make it two wins in three days for the LSU gymnastics team.

And the latest set a new standard.

The third-ranked Tigers posted the nation’s top road score and tied a season high by beating No. 2 Oklahoma 197.650-197.325 on Sunday in the Lloyd Noble Center.

After winning Friday at Arkansas, this victory improved LSU to 5-1. It was the Tigers’ second 197.650 of the year; they also accomplished that in a win against visiting Alabama on Jan. 31.

The victory was LSU’s first against a top-five opponent in a road dual meet since Feb. 13, 2009, when the Tigers defeated No. 5 Alabama.

“We came in here determined to show the nation what this team is all about, and we made that statement today,” coach D-D Breaux said. “Oklahoma is a fabulous team, and we knew we had to compete at a high level to have a chance to win. They gave us an opening on beam, and we took it.”

The Tigers earned season highs on vault and beam with a 49.600 and 49.325. The 49.600 is the third-best vault total in school history, and the 49.325 on beam is the best score in that event for LSU since April 6, 2013, when the Tigers posted a 49.350 at the NCAA Columbus Regional.

Junior Jessie Jordan won her second all-around title of the season with a career-high 39.525.

Senior Sarie Morrison took home her third vault title of the year with a season-high 9.975, and she captured her fourth bars title with a 9.925. Morrison has 24 bars titles and 10 vault titles in her career.

Morrison is up to 37 career individual titles, which ties for 10th in LSU history with Rachelle Frugé.

Freshman Ashleigh Gnat posted a season-high 9.90 on beam to win her first career title in that event and her second title of the week. She tied for the vault crown at Arkansas.

LSU opened the meet with a 49.225 on bars, led by Morrison’s 9.925 in the anchor spot. Britney Ranzy matched her career high with a 9.875, while Randii Wyrick and Jessie Jordan provided 9.825s. Kaleigh Dickson led off with a 9.775.

The Tigers roared to a 49.600 on vault in the second rotation, tying for the third-best vault score in school history. Morrison earned her third vault title of the year with a season-high 9.975 to pace the Tigers. Jordan and Ranzy tied their career highs with 9.925s, while Dickson led off the event with a season-best 9.90. Ashleigh Gnat earned a 9.875, and Rheagan Courville anchored with a 9.85.

After two rotations, LSU trailed Oklahoma 99.000-98.825, but the Tigers seized the lead in the third rotation by outscoring the Sooners 49.500-48.800.

Lloimincia Hall anchored floor with a 9.95, Rheagan Courville added a 9.925 and Jordan provided a 9.90 to lead the Tigers to a 49.500. Jessica Savona scored a 9.875 and Kaleigh Dickson and Gnat tallied 9.85s to round out the scoring.

For the second meet in a row, LSU recorded a season-high beam total in the final rotation as the Tigers scored a 49.325 against the Sooners. Gnat led the way with a 9.90 to win the event, while Courville, Jordan and Hall earned 9.875s to pace the team. Dickson added a 9.80 to help LSU finish with a season high in the event.

Oklahoma fell to 3-2 after suffering its first home loss since 2012.

Both teams will compete this weekend at the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, along with No. 13 Arizona and Kentucky. The meet begins at 7 p.m. Saturday.