Evans' career-high leads to win over No. 11 Broncos
BOISE, Idaho – The No. 16 BYU gymnastics team earned a 197.000 for the first time since 2004 as the Cougars topped No. 11 Boise State's 196.325 at Taco Bell Arena on Thursday.
"A 197 is a score we have been chasing for a while now," BYU head coach Guard Young said. "We knew it was going to come but we weren't expecting it to happen on the road. To have Shannon get the exact score we needed to hit the mark was something special and something I will remember as a coach."
Shannon Evans scored a career-best 39.575 in the all-around to claim the meet title. She also claimed the title on vault and floor while Helody Cyrenne took first on beam after scoring a career-best 9.925.
The Cougars started off the meet on bars, earning a 49.075. Evans led the way with a 9.850 and Abby Boden followed closely with a 9.825. Abby Beeston, Angel Zhong and Helody Cyrenne scored a 9.800 apiece while Natasha Marsh rounded out the scores with a 9.725. Boise State led the way after one rotation with a 49.100.
On vault, BYU scored a season-best 49.250 as Evans posted a 9.900 to lead the team. Abbey Miner followed with a 9.875 and Zhong recorded a season-high 9.850. Haley Pitou and Cheyenne Hill scored a 9.825 and 8.800, respectively. Avery Bennet received a 9.750. After two rotations, the Cougars led 98.325 to 97.850.
In the third round on floor, Evans scored a season-high 9.950 and Briana Pearson tied her career-best 9.900. Abbey Miner earned a 9.875 and Brittney Vitkauskas received a 9.850 for a season best while Sadie Miner and Boden scored a 9.825, respectively. BYU posted another season high with a 49.400 to stay ahead, 147.725 to 147.075.
The Cougars ended the meet on beam with a 49.275. Cyrenne led the team with a career-best 9.925 and was followed by Evans' season-best 9.875. Boden and Abbey Miner each posted a 9.850. Marsh and Hill added a 9.775 and 9.700, respectively.
BYU continues on the road as they travel to Arizona State for a tri-meet with West Virginia on Wednesday, Mar. 7, at 6:30 p.m. MST.
No. 16 BYU competes at No. 11 Boise State
PROVO, Utah – The No. 16 BYU gymnastics team continues on the road on Thursday, Mar. 15, against No. 11 Boise State at 7 p.m. MST.
- When: Thursday, Mar. 7
- Time: 7 p.m. MST
- Location: Taco Bell Arena
- Video: BroncoSports.com
- Stats: Statbroadcast.com
THE COUGARS. BYU's highest road score of the season, 196.500, secured a first place finish in its tri-meet, beating George Washington and Maryland last week in Washington, D.C. It was the fifth time the Cougars earned a 196.000 or higher this season.
MRGC HONORS. Shannon Evans has been recognized in all eight weeks of the season, most recently receiving MRGC Gymnast of the Week after earning a 39.425 in the all-around. This was the second week she has earned the highest honor while she has also been recognized for her performances on vault, bars and floor.
THE BRONCOS. Boise State most recently topped Utah State and Washington with a score of 197.125. The Broncos season-best came against BYU in the Smith Fieldhouse when they earned a 197.175. Courtney McGregor and Sarah Means have stepped up in recent meets and are the gymnasts to watch. In this week's MRGC awards, Boise State earned the honor on vault, bars and beam.