No. 2 Oklahoma at No. 12 Arkansas
Jan. 5 | 6 p.m. CT | Fayetteville, Ark. | Barnhill Arena
|MATCHUP AT A GLANCE|
|2019 Preseason Ranking||No. 2||No. 12|
|2018 Scoring Average||197.850||196.454|
|2018 Team High||198.375||197.300|
NOTES AND NUMBERS FOR MEET ONE
LET’S GET IT STARTED
The No. 2-ranked Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team kicks off the 2019 season in the heart of SEC Country with a test at No. 12 Arkansas. The two squads will square off at 6 p.m. CT Saturday at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville, Ark. The Sooners lead the all-time series with the Razorbacks, 15-2, and have won the last 11 meetings between the two teams, including last year’s meeting at the Lloyd Noble Center.
On Saturday, the Sooners will look to build upon their 74-11 all-time true road record under 13th-year head coach K.J. Kindler. OU has won 14 of its last 15 meets on the road, dating back to 2016. In road openers during Kindler’s tenure, the Sooners have posted a 9-3 mark. The Sooners will open their season on the road for the second consecutive season after downing Georgia in Athens to open the 2018 season.
With a pair of individual national champions among them, the senior class will provide leadership on and off the competition floor for the Sooners this season. Brenna Dowell, Ashley Hiller, Nicole Lehrmann and Alex Marks make up this year’s talented group. Since their arrivals in Norman, the Sooners have secured two NCAA Championships (2016, 2017) and a runner-up finish (2018). They have been a part of four-straight Big 12 Championships and four regional championships. Dowell and Lehrmann have each picked up an individual national title and have combined for 10 All-America honors.
For the 2018 season, the Sooners added four talented athletes, including Maryland transfer Karrie Thomas. Freshmen Emma LaPinta, Allie Stern and Olivia Trautman all bring extensive experience at the national level to the table and multiple strong showings at regional and state competitions.
OU is ranked No. 2 in the WCGA preseason coaches’ poll, the fifth straight season the Sooners have been ranked in the top two to begin the year.
Overall, 13 of OU’s 14 regular-season opponents are ranked in the poll, including five squads slated in the top 10 nationally.
Oklahoma returns six previous NCAA All-Americans who own 22 total accolades: Jade Degouveia (VT), Brenna Dowell (UB, VT, FX), Nicole Lehrmann (UB, BB), Maggie Nichols (AA, VT, UB, BB, FX), Bre Showers (VT, AA) and Anastasia Webb (FX).
Three of OU’s regular season home matches will be televised live by Sooner Sports TV. The UCLA meet will be carried on ESPN.
The Big 12 Championship will be hosted at the Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m. CST and will air on ESPNU.
Next weekend, the Sooners return to the friendly confines of Lloyd Noble Center for their home opener. OU will welcome powerhouse Georgia to the LNC for a Friday evening matchup. The meet is set for a 6:45 p.m. CT start.
Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling the OU Athletics Tickets Office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU.