Cougars Host Boise State in First Home Meet Saturday

PROVO -- After opening the 2003 season on the road last week, the BYU women's gymnastics team will get its chance to compete at home Saturday night. The Cougars will host Boise State at the Smith Field House at 7 p.m. in the first home meet of the season.

Saturday's meet is Gymnastics' Great Clips night. Great clips will have hair-cutting stations at the meet to give people free haircuts as they watch.

"Boise State is a good team, a positive team," BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said. "They will definitely keep us on our toes."

Boise State scored 191.475 in its opening meet with Oklahoma and Utah State last week. In the 2002 season BYU scored a 195.775 and a 194.8 in competitions against Boise State.

The Cougars are going to have to work extra hard since the team's top all-arounder, sophomore Jaime Mabray, will be out with a broken foot for several weeks. Prior to suffering the injury, Mabray recorded the fifth-best all-around total nationally by a gymnast this year with a career-high 39.650 at Utah.

"We can't really replace Jaime," Cattermole said. "The girls are going to have to be more solid. They need to step up and go with confidence."

Cattermole also noted that Jaime doesn't account for what the team lost in falls against Utah in the team's opener last week.

"It isn't normal for us to fall so much on the bars," he said. "Brogan [Jacobsen] and Lindsay [Butterfield] are going to have to have to start hitting again, and help us get our scores back up."

Although they'll be competing without Mabray for the next few weeks, Cattermole is optimistic about the future.

"We'll fight through the best that we can," he said. "Teams that fight without getting demoralized do well at the end of the season."

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