Huskers Fall To #1 Utah

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The No. 12 Nebraska women’s gymnastics team fell to No. 1 Utah, 196.525-195.725 Friday night at the Devaney Center. In front of a crowd of 1,306 fans who braved the snowy weather, NU dropped to 4-2 on the year. The Huskers saw several career-high performances lead the way on floor, but it was not enough to pull off the win over the top-ranked Utes.

“Utah is a great team,” Head Coach Dan Kendig said. “Them being No. 1 didn’t change anything we did this week, it was just the little things that didn’t work out for us. This team hates to lose, and I know this will bother them. They’ll go back into the gym to work hard and bounce back from this.”

Nebraska opened the meet on vault, where Erin Davis started off her night with a season-high score of 9.85. Kylie Stone and Kassandra Nathe also contributed a 9.85 each as all three NU gymnasts tied for fourth in the event. Kristin Fyffe posted a 9.725 and Lora Evenstad put up a 9.80. Tricia Woo added a 9.75. Nebraska completed the first rotation tied with Utah with a team score of 49.10.

The Huskers continued on bars where Brittnee Habbib started her evening with a career-high-tying mark of 9.85 and a second-place finish. Evenstad scored a 9.225, and Howard hit a career-high 9.80. Brittney Williams hit a 9.825 for third, while Nathe added a 9.70. The Huskers finished the second rotation with an event score of 48.40, and a team score of 97.50, trailing Utah’s 98.35.

Nebraska continued on to the third rotation on beam with Woo taking second with a score of 9.90. Howard and Habbib posting marks of 9.725. Fyffe received a score of 9.65. Nathe continued her evening with a 9.80 for fifth, and Stone received a 9.775. NU finished with an event score of 48.925, totaling a running score of 146.425, to Utah’s 147.50 heading into the final rotation.

The Huskers capped the evening on floor, as Davis started NU off, tying her career-high with a 9.80. Nathe followed Davis’ performance hitting a season-high 9.825. Evenstad and Stone each added a 9.875 to tie for second. Habbib continued the strong showing with a career-tying 9.825. Woo finished up the night with a 9.90 and the event crown. Nebraska tallied an event score of 49.30, giving them a total score of 195.725, falling to Utah’s 196.525.

“What a great way to finish the night on floor,” Kendig said. “We had some great individual performances, we just couldn’t pull it tonight.”

Nebraska returns to action next Sunday, Feb. 22, for the Masters Classic with UCLA, NC State and Minnesota. Competition is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Devaney Center.

Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations