Jan. 31, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. - The No. 7 Alabama gymnastics team fell to No. 3 LSU by a score of 197.650-196.825 in front of 8,055 fans in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Friday night.
"We had a good meet tonight," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "We're improving each week and this was a good road score, but you have to give credit to LSU, they are competing at a championship level right now."
It marks the first time Alabama has fallen to the Tigers during either the regular or postseason since Feb. 5, 2010 in a dual meet in Baton Rouge. It also marked the second year in a row that the Tide has drawn a large crowd in the PMAC. This year's total was the second largest in LSU history after last year's Tide and Tiger showdown drew a Tiger school record 8,574 fans.
"I hope our fans understand, we're going to be a great team," Patterson said. "We just have to continue to improve each week. LSU is in championship mode right now and they were the better team tonight, but we're getting better as we go along and building as we go along."
Senior Sarah DeMeo led the Tide with a 39.450 in the all-around, tying her career-best score. Junior Kaitlyn Clarkalso had a big night, tying her career-high of 9.9 on the uneven bars and a posting a career-best 9.925 on the vault to lead Alabama on both apparatus.
"That was the best all-around performance in Sarah DeMeo'scareer," Patterson said. "And Kaitlyn made some mistakes in warm-up and I talked to her about the mental corrections she needed to make and she went out there and did it."
Alabama finished off the night with a 49.275 on the balance beam led by a 9.925 from senior Kim Jacob. Clark led the Crimson Tide to a 49.125 on the uneven bars with a 9.9 while DeMeo got the night started with a 9.85 on the uneven bars. Clark came right back after the uneven bars and scored a career-best 9.925 to lead the Tide off on the vault, pacing the squad to 49.300. DeMeo and Jacob both posted 9.875s on the floor exercise, pushing the Tide to a 49.125 team mark.
The Tide returns home for it next meet in a battle of champions between six-time NCAA Champion Alabama and 10-time champion Georgia, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262), located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum, and online at RollTide.com.
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