Gophers Face Road Test in No. 8 Nebraska

Jan. 30, 2014

Logo   No. 14 Minnesota at No. 8 Nebraska
Date Saturday, February 1
Time 6:00 p.m. CT
Location Bob Devaney Sports Center, Lincoln, Neb. (5,840)
Last Meeting 2013 Big Ten Championships (March 23, 2013)
Nebraska - 197.800 (1st)
Minnesota - 196.775 (3rd) 
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This Week: No. 8 Nebraska
After placing first in all four competition in which it competed in January, Minnesota will head to Nebraska, where it will face its toughest test of the season thus far in the eight-ranked Cornhuskers Satuday at 6 p.m.

About the Gophers
No. 14 Minnesota has racked up a 7-0 record by coming in first in two dual meets, a tri-meet, and a quad-meet.

The Gophers, 2-0 against ranked foes, have been led by sophomore Lindsay Mable, who has averaged a 39.388 all-around score, good for 11th-best in the nation. Mable’s 9.888 vault average ranks her 20th, while her 9.944 floor average is second in the country. Teammates Kylie Schermann and Cierra Tomson join Mable in the top-25 on the floor with 9.875 average.

As a team, Minnesota is ranked sixth in the country on the floor (49.363), 11th on vault (49.144), 21st on uneven bars (48.763), and 24th on the balance beam (48.488).

About the Cornhuskers
Nebraska enters Saturday’s meet as the eight-ranked team in the nation and as a top-15 team on every event. The Cornhuskers are 4-0 overall and, like Minnesota, are 1-0 in Big Ten action.

Led by Emily Wong, ranked second with a 39.508 all-around average, Nebraska ranks seventh on the vault (49.258), fourth on the beam (49.092), 10th on floor (49.133), and 15th on bars (48.958).

Last Meet Recap: Illinois
Led by sophomore Lindsay Mable’s school record-tying 39.600 all-around performance, the 13th-ranked Minnesota women’s gymnastics team defeated No. 11 Illinois in its first Big Ten conference competition at the Sports Pavilion Saturday night. The Golden Gophers broke the 196-point mark for the third consecutive meet, winning by a final score of 196.225-195.35.

Big Ten regular-season co-champions in 2013, the Gophers opened league action with a win and improved to 7-0 on the season with a 2-0 mark against ranked opponents at the team's Pink Meet.

The vault competition gave Minnesota an early advantage as the Maroon and Gold posted a 49.3, while the Fighting Illini put up a 48.85. Mable, as she did in every event on the night, led the way with a 9.925 score, tying UI’s Amber See for first place in the event. Co-Meet Most Valuable Performer Kylie Schermann place third with a 9.9, tying her career-high.

Illinois took home its one event win of the night on the uneven parallel bars, eking past the Gophers, 48.875-48.85. Mable and Jenny Covers tied the UI’s Sarah Fiedler to for the event win with a 9.825 and Madie Hanley placed fourth with a 9.8, but the next top four finishers were all Illini.

With the running score at 98.15-97.725 in favor of Minnesota going into the third rotation, the Gophers scored a 48.65 on the beam led by Mable’s 9.875. Dusti Russell and Hanna Nordquist each made the top three by scoring 9.825. Illinois’ third rotation yielded a 49.050 on the floor, so that the running score entering the final rotation was 146.8-146.775 Minnesota.

The fourth rotation pitted the Illini’s second-ranked balance beam contingent against the Gophers’ fourth-ranked floor exercise unit. Minnesota prevailed, tying a season high team score of 49.425. Mable, the final performer, matched a career-high score with a 9.975 to win her fourth event of the evening, while See and Cierra Tomson tied for second with 9.9 routines.

Mable’s 39.6 score gave the sophomore her third all-around title in four 2014 meets and her four event wins pushed her season wins total to 10.

Mable Earns B1G Honor
Minnesota sophomore Lindsay Mable became the first Gopher since 2009 to earn Big Ten Gymnast of the week honors after her school record-tying 39.600 all-around performance. The Aurora, Colo. native won six Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards in 2013.

National Rankings
The Gophers are right back where they started after starting the season, ranking 14th after four meets. Minnesota is one of six Big Ten teams in the top-25 and is 2-0 against ranked foes with five more ranked teams on the schedule.

Next Meet: at No. 21 Ohio State
Minnesota resumes action  Feb. 7 at 21st-ranked Ohio State. That meet will be televised on tape delay on the Big Ten Network.