BYU snags narrow win over MRGC champion Boise State
PROVO, Utah – No. 16 BYU achieved three season highs and five career highs to beat current MRGC champion Boise State, 196.350-196.150, on Saturday night at the Smith Fieldhouse.
This stands as the fourth week in a row the Cougars have finished with a score above a 196.000.
"We had a great start and a great finish," head coach Guard Young said. "That start has kind of been elusive for us, so it was nice to see that, but now we have to get better in our middle. We're closer to solidifying our lineups."
In the first rotation, BYU took on vault where senior Shannon Evans led with a team-high score of 9.850. Additionally, junior Haley Pitou tied her season-high score of 9.825 for the third week in a row. However, the Cougars sat .200 behind as Boise State tied its season-high uneven bars score of 49.325.
The second rotation on the uneven bars began with a hiccup after junior Helody Cyrenne and freshman Anyssa Alvarado had minor falls to finish with a 9.225 and 9.250, respectively. Junior Abby Stainton achieved a career-high of 9.925, while Evans led the team with a season high of 9.950, tying her career high. With a total score of 48.700, the gap widened with the Broncos leading 98.325-97.825.
Beam went well for the Cougars as they earned their second-highest beam score of the season, a 49.150. Freshman Elease Rollins finally made her debut in the BYU lineup after performing three exhibition routines, picking up a new career high of 9.875.
"She has worked so hard as a walk-on freshman coming in," Young said. "Her performance was a highlight for me. If you watch her compete, she's up there smiling. It warmed my heart."
Sophomore Sadie Miner continued the momentum, matching the score and earning a career high. Evans contributed with a 9.875 to make it a three-way tie for the team-high score. Anxiety heightened as BYU entered the final rotation down by .525.
On floor, Stainton started strong and earned her second career high of the night with a 9.875. Senior Briana Pearson matched this score, tying her season high. A highlight included sophomore Brittney Vitkauskas setting a career-high 9.900 to lead the team. Ultimately, two falls by Boise State on beam coupled with BYU's second-highest floor score of the season, of 49.400, secured a Cougar win by .225.
In addition to the narrow victory, Evans won the all-around with a new season high of 39.550.
Coming up, the Cougars head to Colorado to take on No.5-ranked University of Denver on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. MST in the Hamilton Gymnasium.
BYU hosts MRGC rival Boise State in Smith Fieldhouse
PROVO, Utah – After a 196.625-193.000 win over Sacramento State in the Smith Fieldhouse on Friday, No. 16 BYU will host MRGC rival Boise State this Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. MST.
Saturday's meet in the Smith Fieldhouse will also honor breast cancer awareness and fans are encouraged to wear pink along with the team.
Earlier this year the Cougars traveled to Boise, Idaho, to face the Broncos on their turf and walked away with a major 196.100-194.450 win on Jan. 31. This stood as the second year in a row BYU overcame Boise State at home, after losing every year since 2007.
Last season when the rivals faced in the Smith Fieldhouse, the Broncos snagged a 197.175-196.900 win. By the end of the 2019 season, the MRGC crowned Boise State champions.
BYU enters Saturday's meet with a two-meet winning streak over Boise State.
When: Saturday, Feb. 15
Time: 7 p.m. MST
Location: Smith Fieldhouse
THE COUGARS. BYU hosted Sacramento State in the Smith Fieldhouse on Friday and earned the team’s highest floor score of the season, a 49.425. A highlight of the night included All-American senior Shannon Evans making her all-around debut for the 2020 season, posting a 39.475 score. This debut earned Evans MRGC Co-Gymnast of the Week.
THE BRONCOS. Currently ranked No. 37, Boise State recently traveled to face MRGC rival Utah State in Logan, Utah. The Aggies topped the Broncos, 195.675-193.850. While Utah State earned its highest score of the season, Boise State posted its lowest. However, the team features junior Emily Muhlenhaupt, who is ranked No. 3 in the country on the uneven bars for the second week in a row, trailing behind UCLA’s Kyla Ross and Denver’s Maddie Karr. Additionally, the team is ranked in the top 25 on both bars and beam.