BATON ROUGE, La. – Despite a season-best road score, the West Virginia University gymnastics team lost at No. 10 LSU, 196.85-194.9, tonight, at the Maravich Center.
Tonight’s loss halts the Mountaineers’ win streak over ranked opponents at three. WVU finishes the 2012 regular season at 4-4 against nationally ranked teams. The Mountaineers (14-5, 5-1 EAGL) also finish at 7-3 on the road this season.
“I’m really proud of this team tonight,” says first-year coach Jason Butts. “We came in to an intimidating environment and competed well. We were able to get our highest road score despite some stumbles. We can build on tonight for the league championship next week.”
The Mountaineers dropped all four events to the Tigers (7-8, 2-7 SEC). WVU’s lone 49.0-plus mark came on floor, where the team earned a season-best road mark of 49.025.
Junior Kaylyn Millick finished fourth overall with a 39.1 all-around score. Sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer tallied 38.975, while junior Chelsea Goldschrafe earned 38.95.
The Tigers’ Rheagan Courville finished first with a 39.5 score.
WVU trailed out of the gate, scoring 48.675 on bars to LSU’s 49.2 vault mark.
Millick and senior Nicole Roach set the standard for the Mountaineers, as each tallied 9.775 and tied for sixth place; Roach has hit that score in the last three straight meets. Sloanhoffer and sophomore Erica Smith scored 9.725 each, while freshman Dayah Haley hit for a 9.675.
The Mountaineers’ vault lineup, ranked No. 21 in the nation, tallied 48.625 in the second rotation, pushing the squad’s total to 97.3. LSU earned 49.225 on bars and continued to lead with 98.425 points.
Sloanhoffer, ranked No. 47 nationally, finished fifth overall with a 9.775 score, while Goldschrafe preceded her in the lineup and finished second on the team with a 9.75. Millick opened the rotation with a 9.725. Additionally, sophomore Bethany Yurko, a last-second lineup replacement for Haley, competed for the first time in five weeks and scored 9.7.
WVU put together a high-energy floor rotation, scoring 49.025, a season-high road mark, and pushing its three-event total to 145.875. LSU earned 49.1 on beam and maintained its lead with a 147.525 tally.
Junior Alaska Richardson, ranked No. 42 nationally, anchored the lineup with a 9.85, her fourth consecutive 9.8-plus score, and finished third overall. Senior Tina Maloney competed one of her most complete routines of the season and scored 9.825, her second-best mark of the year, for a fifth-place finish. Millick finished third on the team, sixth overall, with a 9.8, while Goldschrafe and Sloanhoffer each scored 9.775.
The Mountaineers finished the meet on beam, hitting five-for-six and scoring 48.575. LSU scored 49.325 on floor.
Millick paced the squad on beam with a 9.8, her third-best score of the season, and finished fourth overall. Goldschrafe and sophomore Amanda Carpenter preceded Millick with matching 9.775s, good enough for seventh place.
WVU continues to trail the all-time series, 0-7.
The Mountaineers compete for their league-best seventh East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) title on Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m., at the Fitzgerald Field House, in Pittsburgh, Pa.