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No. 20 Missouri defeats Illinois, UIC

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The No. 20 Missouri gymnastics team erupted for a season-high 196.625 as the squad took first in a tri-meet with host Illinois and UIC Sunday afternoon at Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill. Illinois scored a 195.400 to finish second, while UIC was third with a total of 194.100.

Four different Tigers won or tied for event titles on the day. Sophomore Aspen Tucker (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) took home the all-around and floor crowns, senior Shauna Miller (Knoxville, Tenn.) tied for the bars win, junior Britney Ward (Ozark, Mo.) claimed the beam title, and junior Michaelee Turner (Parkville, Mo.) shared the floor crown.

Mizzou scored a 49.150 or better on three of four events, including a 49.325 on floor, 49.250 on bars and a 49.150 on beam. The 49.250 on bars was a season-best for the Tigers, while the floor and beam scores were both the second-highest recorded so far this year.

KEY TIGERS

Missouri opened the meet the season-best 49.250 on bars, led by four scores of 9.850 or higher. Miller tallied a 9.900 on share the event crown, her first win since her sophomore season. Junior Madeleine Huber (St Louis, Mo.) Redshirt sophomore Morgan Porter (Overland, Mo.) each went 9.875, and Tucker scored a season-high 9.850.

Ward's 9.925 anchored a beam rotation where the Tigers tallied a 49.150 on the apparatus. Porter tied her season-best with a 9.850, senior Tia Allbritten (Garland, Texas) posted a 9.825 and freshman Belle Gottula (Spring, Texas) added a 9.800.

The Tigers recorded their highest event total of the day with a 49.325 on floor, only 0.25 off their season-best on the event. Turner took home her first-career event title with a 9.900 in the middle of the lineup. Tucker and sophomore Mary Nicholson each tallied 9.875s, a career-best for Nicholson, while junior Allison Bower (Mesa, Ariz.) went 9.850 and Miller and senior Kennedi Harris (Atlanta, Ga.) added 9.825s.

Mizzou closed the meet with a 48.900, paced by a team-high 9.850 from Tucker. Huber added a 9.825.

Tucker totaled a career-high 39.325 in the all-around to take home the sixth all-around crown of her young career.

QUOTABLES

Mizzou Head Coach Shannon Welker
"From a physical standpoint, we should have been somewhat more fatigued (Sunday). We competed Friday, then we competed Sunday. What that goes to show is if you make up your mind that you want to do something bad enough, you can do it. We made up our minds that we would be better and we were going to be intentional about what we were doing. I was proud of them. They did a nice job. It wasn't perfect but we did a nice job of working though a couple of little errors here and there. I think this will be a nice steppingstone for us moving forward."

UP NEXT

The Tigers return home to the Hearnes Center to host No. 5 Florida on Friday, March 2 at 6:45 p.m. CT.