Ben Clanin, 23 Sports.

In their third meet of the year, the No. 17 Missouri Tigers Women’s Gymnastics took on the Alabama Crimson Tide, their third ranked opponent of the year. Despite some stand out individual performances, the Tigers were not able to come away with the win in Tuscaloosa, dropping the match by a score of 195.850 to 194.525.

In the first rotation, senior Shauna Miller and junior Madeleine Huber tied for a team best score of 9.800/10 on the bars. The team combined for a score of 48.775 and Huber’s performance was enough to launch her to second among all competitors on the bars.

In the second rotation on the vault Huber continued her strong meet and put up a career best score of 9.825/10. Two other mentionable Tigers on the vault were Kennedi Harris and Aspen Tucker, Harris tallied a score of 9.775 while Tucker contributed a 9.800. Mizzou finished the second rotation with a combined 48.900 on the vault.

Aspen Tucker carried over her strong performance from the vault to the floor routine, where she tied her personal best with a 9.900 performance. That score also led her to a tie for second overall in the event. Kennedi Harris and sophomore Mary Nicholson also had strong performances and each scored 9.825’s.

In the final rotation of the night the Tigers took to the balance beam to wrap up the meet. The most notable performance of the night for Mizzou came from junior Britney Ward, who tallied a 9.875/10 on the apparatus, which tied her for second overall in that event.

When head coach Shannon Welker was asked about the performance she said, “That was a little disappointing tonight. It seemed like we lacked a little bit of focus.”

Mizzou will travel to Georgia to take on the No. 11 Bulldogs on Saturday, Feb. 3.