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OU women's gymnastics: Top-ranked Sooners cruise against Sun Devils

OU's Maggie Nichols celebrates after competing in the uneven bars during a women's gymnastics competition between the University of Oklahoma and Alabama at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman Okla.,  Friday, March 15, 2019. [File photo by Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
OU's Maggie Nichols celebrates after competing in the uneven bars during a women's gymnastics competition between the University of Oklahoma and Alabama at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman Okla., Friday, March 15, 2019. [File photo by Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

The No. 1 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team cruised to a 197.675-194.600 road win over No. 14 Arizona State on Saturday behind a big performance from senior Maggie Nichols.

Nichols won the all-around title with a score of 39.750, a nation-best. She posted a 9.95 on vault, 9.925 on floor, and 9.975 on beam, winning all three. Sooners freshman Ragan Smith won the bars title with a 9.925.

“The most exciting thing about Maggie is how much she’s trusting herself and how much her team and her coaches trust her,” Oklahoma head coach K.J. Kindler said. “Every time she steps out on the floor you just have so much faith. I think that she has shown and grown to have that faith in herself."

With their win over the Sun Devils, the defending champion Sooners move to 4-0 on the season with victories over California, Stanford, and UCLA.

Oklahoma faces Alabama on Friday at 8 p.m. in Tuscaloosa. The Sooners home opener is set for Jan. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Lloyd Noble Center.

Staff reports

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