"I'm just pleased that we are moving forward in a lot of different areas," Alabama head coach Sarah Patterson. "It's exciting to see us do so well and be able to win and know there were a lot of different areas that we can be better on. We were better on vaulting tonight and we were better on balance beam. We weren't our best on the floor exercise, we can be better there. Hopefully this week in practice we can use that to help us move forward a little bit. I don't expect us to be perfect until the end. That's what you want to do. You want to build to the end."
It was a night of season and career highs for both teams. Alabama posted its best vault score of the season and second best balance beam score. LSU posted its season best scores on three of the four apparatus. Freshman Morgan Dennis won the all-around with a 39.500 while junior Terin Humphrey was third with a 39.474 and freshman Ricki Lebegern was fourth with a career high 39.450. Lebegern has been 39.350 or higher in the all-around each of the last four meets.
Humphrey won the uneven bars while Lebegern was tops on the balance beam. Dennis closed out the night by winning the floor exercise. LSU's Ashleigh Clare-Kearney tied Dennis for top honors in the all-around and won the vault.
Alabama started the night off with a season best 49.450 led by a career-best 9.925 from Lebegern. Sophomore Brittany Magee got the night started with a season best 9.875, a score echoed by sophomore Ashley O'Neal and Humphrey. Dennis finished off the rotation with a 9.9. LSU posted a season best of their own on vault, coming away with a 49.425.
On the uneven bars, Alabama was led to a 49.15 team score by Humphrey's 9.9. Sophomore Cassie Martin and freshman Kassi Price, who was battling illness all night and only competed on the bars, both scored 9.825s. Lebegern and Dennis posted twin 9.8s. LSU posted a season best 49.175 on the bars.
Alabama hit six-for-six on the balance beam including a career best 9.9 from Lebegern and a 9.875 from Humphrey to score a 49.275. Dennis scored a career best of her own, turning in a 9.850. O'Neal led the Tide off with a 9.825, which freshman Casey Overton matched from the No. 2 spot. Magee also hit a 9.825 in the No. 5 slot. LSU scored a 48.9 on the beam.
The Tide closed off the night with a 49.375 on the floor exercise capped by a 9.95 from Dennis. The Tide got 9.875s from senior Erin Rightley, tying her season best and junior Kaitlin White, who set a new career best with the score. O'Neal scored a 9.85 while Humphrey and Lebegern posted 9.825s.