Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama Gymnastics Has Home Win Streak Snapped by LSU

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama Gymnastics Has Home Win Streak Snapped by LSU

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Junior Lauren Beers had been No. 5 Alabama's rock this season. In four career all-arounds, all in 2015, before Saturday night's meet against No. 2 LSU, she averaged a 39.55 score. She came into Saturday's meet fresh off a meet where she had a 9.95 on uneven bars and floor exercise.

Against the No. 2 Tigers, the Crimson Tide's cornerstone faltered, falling on the uneven bars, wobbling on the balance beam and missing a tumbling pass to score a 38.4 in all-around competition. Alabama fell to the Tigers, 197.35 to 197.225, ending a 49-meet home winning streak dating back to the 2009 season.

"Lauren has been a rock all year, and on every single night," senior Kaitlyn Clark said. "You're going to have those nights when the rest of us have to have her back instead of her having our back. I think that's what happened tonight. We all had her back and even though she might be feeling a little down right now, I think she's going to realize that it's OK to have an off night. We still love her, we still trust her and she's going to do a great job next time."

Alabama jumped out to an early lead on vault when a pair of 9.9s by Beers and senior Kaitlyn Clark led the Crimson Tide to a 49.375 on the event. In the Tigers' first rotation, a trio of 9.875s by Ashleigh Gnat, Jessie Jordan and Rheagan Courville paced LSU to a 49.3.

LSU claimed the lead at the midpoint of the meet, matching the Crimson Tide's vault score while Alabama scored a 49.225 on bars, led by Amanda Jetter's 9.9.

A rare fall from the bars by junior all-arounder Lauren Beers saw the Crimson Tide miss a chance to better its lowest score since Jan. 23, when Alabama hosted then-No. 1 Florida.

Heading into the third rotation leading 98.675 to 98.6, LSU consolidated its advantage, riding a 9.925 by Jessie Jordan to a 49.475 on floor. Alabama couldn't break 9.85 on beam, record four straight, bookended by a pair of 9.825s to score a 49.225, its third lowest of the season and lowest since the second week, when the Crimson Tide was forced to count a fall.

With a score of 49.2 on beam, LSU was able to weather Alabama's last onslaught on floor exercise when Hall's 9. …

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