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Lloimincia Hall brought the house down Friday night in front of the second largest crowd in LSU Womens Gymnastics history. Hall's exultant floor routine finished with the crowd roaring its approval of the effort, resultant perfect 10.0 and the methodical domination of top ten foe Alabama. One almost felt bad for the Bama gymnast performing as the announcement of the perfect score resulted in a deafening crowd response that drowned out her performance music.
LSU never trailed as the Lady Tigers capped the match with Hall's perfection. LSU started the night performing well on the vault, improving on scores from the last meet against Auburn. Alabama did well enough on uneven bars but LSU went into the second rotation with a comfortable lead.
The question then was whether the uneven bars would unsettle LSU. The bars appear to be the tougher apparatus to score highly on whlle one's competitor works over on the vault. The Lady Tigers turned in a skillful slate of performances with no falls and widened the lead. Sarie Morrison tied a career best 9.95 as she anchored the rotation and ensured LSU's lead.
As the Tigers moved to the balance beam and Bama to the floor, the issue was in doubt as leads diminish when your team is on the beam. Alabama made up very little ground thanks to a solid beam performance by LSU and a lackluster floor effort of their own.
Baton Rouge's own Rheagan Courville struggled with her balance a couple of times on the beam. She bounced back as one can rely on her to as she obliterated any hope Alabama had during her floor routine. Her performance was the last hope Alabama had of an LSU gymnast faltering badly and giving the Tide an opportunity. After her score, it was academic. The only question was the final margin as Lloimincia Hall took the floor in what would become her third perfect score in floor. And so it went from gymnastics meet to racous party and Hall provided the perfect ending to a terrific LSU performance with a team total of 197.650 (to Alabama's 196.825). Courville, again, took home the all around title for the meet.
LSU improves to 3-1 (2-1 SEC) and now returns to the road and faces Arkansas in Barnhill Arena next Friday night. The meet is scheduled for 7pm on CST. The Lady Tigers don't return home until February 28th against Missouri.