Illinois State Gymnasts Come up Short Against Lindenwood
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Jan. 24, 2014
Sami King won the all-around for the second consecutive week with a score of 38.925, but Lindenwood battled back in the final two rotations to beat the Redbirds 190.175-189.950 Friday night at Horton Field House.
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State junior Sami King won the all-around for the second consecutive week with a score of 38.925, but Lindenwood battled back in the final two rotations to beat the Redbirds 190.175-189.950 Friday night at Horton Field House.
Head coach Bob Conkling was pleased with the performance his team showed on the first two rotations of the vault and uneven bars.
"Vault was much better, the girls popped off the horse really well and they were doing bigger vaults," Conkling said. "Then, we went to bars and looked really sharp, we just had minor deductions here and there but overall I was really happy with our first two events."
Illinois State took an early lead after the first rotation, as the Redbirds tallied a combined score of 47.625. King led the way with a 9.750, followed by senior Kim Caron with a 9.575. Lindenwood struggled with falls on the uneven bars and posted a score of 46.875.
In the second rotation, the Redbirds widened their lead after posting a solid score of 48.325 on the uneven bars. King led the way with a 9.775, while four of her teammates contributed scores of at least 9.600. Senior Emily Turik led the way for Lions by contributing a 9.675 to a team score of 48.125 on the vault.
During the third rotation ISU suffered from two falls on the balance beam and Lindenwood took a 142.625-142.600 lead. While King remained solid on her third event with a score of 9.800 and freshman Demi Pas scored a season best of 9.675, no other Redbird scored above a 9.500. During their rotation, the Lions recorded a 47.625 on the floor exercise thanks to a 9.675 contribution by Turik.
Lindenwood sealed the victory in the final rotation after posting a score of 47.550 on the balance beam. Sophomore Sarah Fisher led the way for the Redbirds by posting a score of 9.675 on the floor exercise while King contributed a 9.600 to the team score of 47.350.
"When we went to balance beam we had a couple gymnasts hit really well, and the rest just didn't hit their routines tonight. They did okay on floor but I know they are capable of doing better," Conkling said.
The Redbirds return to action on Feb. 1 when they travel to Mt. Pleasant, Mich. to compete in a tri-meet with Illinois and Michigan at 1 p.m.
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