Jan. 24, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State junior Ciera Perkins led the No. 15-ranked Boise State gymnastics team earned its fifth win of the season Friday night, topping Southern Utah 196.025-195.050 at Taco Bell Arena. The Las Vegas native earned wins on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise to lead her team to a 2-0 record against the Thunderbirds this season.
Perkins collected career-best scores of 9.925 on both vault and bars, earning her fourth-career and sixth-career wins, respectively. Her six career wins on bars ties her for 10th in all-time career bars wins at Boise State, while her 9.925 score ties her for the seventh-best bars score in school history. Perkins also earned a 9.875 on floor exercise, tying her career-best score.
Junior Kelsey Morris shared the floor title with Perkins and Kelsey Black, each earning season-best totals with their 9.875 scores. Morris also picked up the all-around title with a 39.150 total, a career-best performance. Black’s win marks her sixth-career title on floor, tying the ninth spot for career floor wins at Boise State.
Amanda Otuafi scored a 9.850 to finish in second on vault, while Black and Maddie Krentz tied for fourth with 9.80 scores. Morris placed eighth (9.725), while Krystine Jacobsen tied for 10th (9.675) for the Broncos.
Morris followed Perkins on bars, placing second with a 9.825 score. Black tied for third (9.80), while Jacobsen placed sixth (9.775) and Mackenzie Bennion tied for eighth (9.70) to round out the scoring Broncos.
Leading a young lineup on beam, Jacobsen, a sophomore, took the lead for the Broncos, placing third (9.825), while freshman Paige Urquhart placed fourth (9.775). Freshmen Diana Mejia and Brooke Graham were joined by Morris, a junior, to tie for sixth (9.725), while Marissa Wossner rounded out the lineup with a 9.150 (12th).
In the final rotation Perkins, Morris and Black led the Broncos to their best team total on floor this season. Wossner tied for sixth (9.80), Otuafi placed 10th (9.70) and Graham placed 11th (9.525) helping with a solid team effort.
Overall the Broncos earned team totals of 49.100 on vault, 49.025 on bars, 48.775 on beam and 49.125 on floor. SUU scored 48.775 on vault, 48.600 on bars, 48.700 on beam and 48.975 on floor. Ana Jaworski of Southern Utah claimed the balance beam title after earning a 9.875 score.
The all-time record between Boise State and Southern Utah improves to 30-20, with Boise State holding the advantage. The Broncos hold a 2-0 record over the Thunderbirds after their second of four meetings this season.
The Broncos will face SUU again next week, traveling to Cedar City, Utah, to take on the Thunderbirds, Friday, Jan. 31. The meet will be held at Centrum Arena at 7 p.m. (MT).