PROVO -- In its first home meet of the season, the No. 13 BYU women's gymnastics team scored a season-best 195.775 in defeating Boise State, 193.250 , and Utah State, 192.850. Two-time All-American Kelly Evanson led the Cougars with a season-best all-around score of 39.475, and the Cougars dominated on the floor exercise to take the meet.
"It was fun to get a home meet and perform in front of the fans," BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said. "Performing in front of the home crowd helps to keep the energy level up."
The Cougars' energy shined through especially on floor exercise. BYU scored a season-high 49.475 in the event on its last rotation to ice the meet. All six Cougars scored at least a 9.850 on floor, with Kari Dye and Evanson leading the way with each scoring a 9.925.
Several Cougars tied or set personal bests on different events. Megan Shupe nailed her vault again this week, scoring a 9.775 for the second straight week. Dye notched a career high on bars with a 9.850. Co-captain Brooke Craig scored a season-high 9.850 on floor and the other captain, Candace Cosgrave, also had her season-high score of 9.875 on floor.
BYU would have scored well over 196, but the Cougars struggled on balance beam and counted two falls. Lindsay Lines and Evanson had no problem on the beam and both scored a 9.875. The 9.875 tied Lines's career high for the event, and Evanson only missed her career high by .025. Craig also performed well on the beam, scoring a 9.750. Jeni Lopez, Jaime Mabray and Dye all had trouble on the beam though, and the score of 48.300 reflected their problems.
"We're moving in the right direction, but we just need to stay on the equipment," Cattermole said. "We're scoring the exact same way we do on the road, nail most of the events but we have to count a fall or two."
While BYU did improve its scoring as it has with each meet so far, the Cougars also scored well for their first home meet. BYU showed its consistency once again by scoring much like it has all season on the road so far.
Jamie Johns led Boise State with an all-around score of 38.950. Like the Cougars, the Broncos struggled on beam and excelled on the other three events. Utah State got solid efforts in the all-around from Jessenia Abrego and Nicole Kilpatrick, who each scored a 38.875.
BYU will renew its in-state rivalry with the University of Utah next week. The No. 2 Utes and No. 13 Cougars will compete in the Marriott Center Friday night at 7 p.m. Utah got the best of BYU in two meets last season, but Cattermole is ready for a great meet next week.
"I'm excited to do the meet," Cattermole said. "The Utah meet is the type of meet where the scores go up and the kids all get excited to compete. It will be in the Marriott Center so it should be lots of fun."
PROVO -- Succeeding on the road so far this season, the No. 13 BYU women's gymnastics team will finally get its chance to bring its high-powered show home Friday night. The Cougars will host Boise State and Utah State at the Smith Field House at 7 p.m. in the first home meet of the season.
"We've been anxiously awaiting this for a long time," BYU head coach Brad Cattermole said. "This should be fun having an opportunity to compete in front of the hometown fans."
BYU will face the Aggies for the second time this season and the Broncos for the first time. The Cougars defeated Utah State in Logan in the first meeting, winning the meet 195.425-191.925. At the time, the score was a season high, but BYU eclipsed that mark with a 195.625 in Friday's victory over Southern Utah.
"If there is any concern, it's that we get too excited," Cattermole said. "We just haven't had a home meet to get our feet wet yet."
All-American Kelly Evanson leads the Cougars this season with a 39.300 season high in the all-around. Kari Dye, Jeni Lopez and Jaime Mabray have all contributed with performances in the all-around so far. Cattermole is very impressed with how Mabray, only a freshman, has progressed.
"She's been the most pleasant surprise of the season," Cattermole said. "She just brought a great attitude and is coming on like gangbusters."
The Cougars continue to improve with each meet, notching season-best team scores as they go. Their average score of 195.100 is good enough for No. 13 in the nation and No. 4 in the North Central Region.
Evanson has always led by example, but her and fellow senior Lopez have taken more of a vocal leadership role with this year's team. Brooke Craig and Candace Cosgrave, team captains, also provide BYU with depth in both the lineup and in leadership.
"The team has been a real professional type of team," Cattermole said. "Nobody is way into themselves. Everybody wants to do whatever will help the team be the best it can be."
Boise State currently ranks No. 6 in its West Region, but is coming off its best performance of the season. The Broncos lost to No. 4 Oklahoma, but scored an impressive 193.350. Carla Chambers and Jamie Johns lead the Broncos on the season in the all-around with a 39.100 and 39.075, respectively.
Utah State is in BYU's region, and is currently ranked No. 8. The Aggies, led by long-time coach Ray Corn, bounced back from their loss to the Cougars by performing well against Utah. Utah State lost the meet, but scored a season-best 193.600.
BYU's consistency continues to be a strong point this season. While balance beam was a stumbling block earlier in the season, the Cougars seem to have overcome it. BYU has been able to hit on all four events lately and hope to keep the trend going Friday night.
"This team pretty much expects to do well," Cattermole said. "If someone does a great job, then we just move on to the next one. They're enjoying themselves, enjoying competing and they just do it."
BYU hopes to enjoy the same type of success at home that it has had throughout the season on the road. BYU has won successive meets at Oregon State, the Cat Classic, Utah State and at Southern Utah University.