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No. 4 Alabama Gymnastics Falls to No. 1 LSU, 197.575-197.100...

on Saturday, January 14, 2017

Crimson Tide Gymnastics:

The No. 4 ranked University of Alabama gymnastics team scored nearly a half point better than it did in last week's season opener in a 197.575-197.100 loss to No. 1 LSU Friday night in front of a boisterous crowd of 12,501 in Coleman Coliseum.

"I cannot say enough about the electric feeling in that arena today," UA head coach Dana Duckworth said. "It really made a difference in our performance."

Kiana Winston continued an outstanding start to her junior season, sharing top honors in the all-around with a career-best 39.600. She also won the uneven bars and floor exercise with matching 9.95s.

"Kiana did that amazing bar routine and just got the crowd so excited," Duckworth said.

Alabama started the night off with a 49.200 on the vault, going two-tenths of a point higher than last week's opener at Oklahoma, paced by matching 9.85s from sophomore Abby Armbrecht, junior Nickie Guerrero and senior Katie Bailey. LSU went 49.600 on the vault.

On the uneven bars, Winston nailed her routine, going 9.95 to win the event and push Alabama to a 49.250 team score. Bailey scored a 9.875 while seniors Keely McNeer and Aja Sims added 9.825s. LSU posted a 49.175 on the uneven bars.

After a fall in the second spot of its balance beam rotation, Alabama finished its set strong, including back-to-back-to-back 9.875s from Sims, Winston and Guerrero that pushed the Tide to a 49.275. It marked the second week in a row that the Tide overcame a break early in its balance beam rotation. The Tigers closed out the meet with a 49.275 on the balance beam.

"For the second week in a row we actually had a break on beam and had to come back," Duckworth said. "That kind of resilience is what our team needs so they know that the next second is more important and only five scores count."

Alabama finished the night with a 49.375 on floor exercise that included another 9.95 from Winston and a 9.9 from Sims. Both routines brought the Coleman Coliseum crowd roaring to its feet. LSU scored a 49.525 on the floor exercise

Alabama goes back on the road next week, traveling to Missouri for a Friday, Jan. 20 matchup with the Tigers.

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