No. 24 Mizzou Gymnastics falls to No. 3 LSU

Chance Sticklen, 23 Sports

The No. 24 Missouri Tigers welcomed the No. 3 LSU Tigers into Columbia Thursday, for their 5th meet of the year, and just their second in front of a home crowd. Mizzou looking to improve to 2-3 on the season and 2-3 (SEC).

Mizzou opened up the night with an impressive score of 49.150 on the vault. After the first rotation of the night, the Tigers only trailed LSU by a score 49.200-49.150. For Mizzou, five different players including Shauna Miller, Allison Bower and Brittany Ward all scored at least a 9.825, led the way by junior Madeleine Huber who tied her career 9.850.

In the second rotation, Huber remained hot, recording a team best 9.825 on bars, as Mizzou compiled a 48.775 as a team.

A 49.100 on the beam for Mizzou in the third rotation, led to a season-high performance for the second week in a row. With an excellent score of 9.850 from Brittany Ward and freshman Gabrielle Gottula who made her debut as a Tiger, scoring a 9.825, Mizzou kept its winning hopes alive, heading into the fourth rotation.

Missouri rounded out the night in the floor exercise, with a score of 49.350. This crushed Mizzou’s old floor exercise season-high of 49.225. Kennedi Harris, a senior from Atlanta, Georgia matched her career-high, totaling a 9.950. Harris’s teammate, Bower, set a personal-best 9.925, topping her old high of 9.900. Along with Michaelee Turner and Shauna Miller who scored season-bests 9.825 and 9.800, Aspen Tucker performed well with a score of 9.850.

Head coach Shannon Welker noted after the game, despite a few illnesses amongst the team, he’s excited to see what the future brings, “We had some people out who were sick, but we had people step up, and that’s going to make a big difference for the rest of the season.”

Although Mizzou racked up a season-high score, they fell to LSU, 197.150-196.375.

The Tigers will travel to St. Charles, Missouri on Friday, Feb. 16 to compete in the Mardi Gras Invitational, where they will play No. 3 LSU, No. 10 Arkansas and No. 21 George Washington.