The Norman Transcript


January 18, 2013

Women’s gym team set for home debut

NORMAN — After dominant wins on the road to start the season, the Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team returns to Norman for its first home meet of the season. The third-ranked Sooners (2-0) will face No. 15 Denver at 7 p.m. today at Lloyd Noble Center.

“I think we looked great,” sophomore Erica Brewer said. “We had a few obstacles. We overcame them. I feel like our teamwork is just awesome and we are very cohesive. I feel like that helps us a lot.”

Against Arizona State, Brewer won the all-around title at after an injury kept her out in the opener at Georgia. For their performances, Brewer earned Big 12 Gymnast of the Week and senior Brie Olson was named Co-Big 12 Specialist of the Week.

In the national individual rankings, Brewer’s 9.925 average on beam is ranked No. 2. She is also No. 9 in the all-around. It’s the type of start the Louisville, Ky. native wanted to have this year.

“I just wanted to improve all over,” Brewer said, “making sure I was confident in what I was doing and just showing everything I was capable of doing.”

As a team, Oklahoma’s 3.075 margin of victory over ASU was its largest in a dual road meet since a 7.575 margin of victory at TWU on Jan. 17, 2009. It enabled them to move up one spot from their preseason ranking of No. 4.

“We want to get to a place where everything feels really comfortable and falls into line well,” OU coach K.J. Kindler said. “We nailed some really good landings, especially at the beginning of the lineup. I thought the bar lineup overall did a nice job making adjustments and really going after it and being aggressive.”

Now with a chance to showcase their skills in front of their home crowd for the first time, the Sooners are looking forward to putting on a good show.

“To start it off right, we all just have to do what we love,” Brewer said. “Do what we do inside of the gym and that will show at this meet.”

Michael Kinney

Follow me @eyeamtruth

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • NCAA Womens Gymnastics Sooners vault to program’s first women’s gymnastics national championship

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It’s probably not the way Oklahoma coach K.J. Kindler drew it up. Probably, in her mind’s eye, when she saw the program she’s taken to the NCAA championships so many different times finally claim national supremacy, she ...

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sooners demolish Longhorns in series finale

    Disappointed. Confused. Shocked. Embarrassed....

    April 20, 2014

  • Grizzlies Thunder Basketball Thunder withstand Grizz charge to take Game 1

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Style points don’t matter in the NBA playoffs. It’s all about getting wins and moving on. So, despite watching a huge lead dwindle down to a single basket, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks is pleased his team was able to ...

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Luke Donald shoots 66, takes lead at RBC Heritage

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Luke Donald believes he’s got the right game on the right course — and is ready to make up for so many near-misses at the RBC Heritage. Donald had an eagle and six birdies to shoot 66 on Saturday and take a ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Nets’ experience trumps Raptors in Game 1

    TORONTO — The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors....

    April 20, 2014

  • Heat open quest for another title

    MIAMI — If the Miami Heat are going to watch their season and reign atop the NBA end at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats, then fates of the franchises will have to change in a hurry....

    April 20, 2014

  • Warriors beat Clippers, 109-105, in playoff opener

    LOS ANGELES — Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20 and the Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday in their playoff opener....

    April 20, 2014

  • Cardinals edge Nationals, 4-3

    WASHINGTON — Lance Lynn was sharper than he had had been all season, which made it all the more frustrating for him when he failed to make it out of the sixth inning....

    April 20, 2014

  • OU gets rare hot start, but fails to finish in loss to WVU

    A slow start wasn’t Oklahoma’s problem on Saturday. Perhaps that issue has been rectified. What was evident after its 9-5 loss to West Virginia is it has more problems than solutions....

    April 20, 2014

  • Teague leads Hawks past top-seeded Pacers in Game 1

    INDIANAPOLIS — Atlanta’s Jeff Teague demolished the Pacers’ grand playoff plan. As his teammates set up around the 3-point line, Teague simply blew through open lanes to the basket repeatedly. The Pacers didn’t have an answer....

    April 20, 2014