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MU gymnasts tumble against Oklahoma

Friday, February 22, 2008 | 9:55 p.m. CST; updated 8:27 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 22, 2008
MU's Adrianne Perry blows chalk off her hands before mounting the bars during Friday's meet against No. 6 Oklahoma.

COLUMBIA — Both Missouri sophomore Sarah Shire and junior Adrianne Perry went into their floor exercises needing above a 9.800 to place, at worst, second in the all-around. Above a 9.800 for both would also result in defeating Oklahoma’s No. 3-ranked all-rounder Kiara Redmond-Sturms.

Perry went first and scored a 9.875. She had defeated Redmond-Sturms, but still had to watch her teammate to see if she would finish first or second. Her routine was solid, but on her last move, she slightly missed the landing. Her score was a solid 9.825, but she finished second to Perry who won the meet with a 39.375.

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The No. 13 Tigers at an individual level had success, but still lost to No. 6 Oklahoma 196.075-195.750 Friday night at the Hearnes Center. Although the Tigers were defeated, their score was still solid, barely missing a season high by .050 points.

Perry did not know the score needed for her to win the all-around. Her first focus was trying to overcome a sore ankle.

“Well, my ankle was hurting the whole meet, so I was really just trying to block out my personal pain,” Perry said. “I was just trying to hit my three passes and trying to get in the zone.”

Shire said she knows she did not have a perfect performance.

“I lost count of where things went, I was just as clueless as everyone else sitting on the floor,” Shire said. “(My performance) was okay. Good vault and beam. I think I was a little weak on bars and I didn’t end with the bang I wanted to, but I am not going to be perfect every week.”

Missouri coach Rob Drass says after his team stayed close to Oklahoma, it is starting to gain confidence.

“For us to contend for a Big 12 title, we really just have to fine tune some of our stuff,” Drass said. “I think we know that we belong there, up in the top 10, and I think that’s a huge step for this team to know it and believe it.”

For his team to be a top 10 team, Drass says minor issues need to be corrected.

“Skill for skill, we are doing the right stuff. It’s just about execution right now,” Drass said. “Most of the time we are getting the big things right, but we just have to fix some little things and we’ll be right there.”


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