No. 15 Broncos Battle Tough with No. 11 Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Boise State gymnastics team took on a Southeastern Conference opponent head-to-head for the first time in school history Friday (Jan. 21) night competing well against the four-time NCAA champion Alabama at the Coleman Coliseum. Alabama, who is currently ranked No. 11 in the nation, came out on top earning a 196.325-195.000 win over the No. 15-ranked Broncos.

The Crimson Tide captured team wins on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise, while the Broncos earned the team title on balance beam. Boise State produced season bests on vault (48.825), bars (49.025) and beam (48.550), while also scoring a 48.60 on floor. Alabama had scores of 49.250 (vault), 49.20 (bars), 48.525 (beam) and 49.350 (floor).

"I am so proud of our team," exclaimed co-head coach Tina Bird. "They had a great meet tonight and made a great showing for our first time competing in the SEC."

Individually, Amy Glass and Hannah Redmon led the Broncos winning titles in the all-around and on bars, respectively. Glass broke her own career-best in the all-around by .025, scoring a 39.375, while Redmon scored a season-best of 9.875 to finish in a three-way tie for first on bars.

Glass racked up two second place finishes on beam (9.850) and floor (9.875 - career best), as well as a fifth-place finish on bars (9.825) and sixth-place finish on vault (9.825). Her overall score ties for 20th-best score in school history. She also earned her seventh-career win in the all-around, moving her to sole possession of the No. 6 spot for career all-around wins at Boise State.

"Amy is such a rock for our team," said Bird. "Her cool demeanor at meets really calms the team and makes us feel like we can do anything."

Redmon finished in tie for the bars title with Alabama's Ashley Sledge and Geralen Stack-Eaton. The Sparks, Nev., native earned her seventh-career win on the event, moving her to sole possession of the No. 8 spot on the all-time career bars wins chart at Boise State.

Bird continued, "Hannah claimed the bar title tonight and competed like the champion she is."

Not only did Glass and Redmon perform well, but the Broncos as a team racked up seven career-best marks and 14 season-best marks on the night.

In their first trip to Tuscaloosa, the Broncos opened on bars, producing four season-bests, including two career-highs. Redmon led the way with her tie for first-place, while Glass was second for the team in her fifth-place overall finish tying with Brittany Potvin-Green who recorded a career-best of 9.825. Lindsay Kazandjian tied for seventh with a career-best score of 9.80, while Katie Tuller (9.70) and Kelsey Black (9.125) rounded out the line-up with 11th and 12th-place finishes, respectively.

In their second rotation, the Broncos traveled to vault where they earned four season-best marks, including one career-best. Redmon again led the Broncos, scoring a 9.850 for a season-best mark and tie for fourth-place. As mentioned, Glass placed sixth, while Amanda Otuafi earned a career-best mark of 9.775 to place seventh. Potvin-Green finished just behind with a 9.750 (a season-best) to place eighth, while Black scored a 9.625 to place 11th. Kelsey Lang rounded out the competition with a 12th-place finish and a score of 9.125.

Moving to floor exercise for the third rotation, Boise State produced three season-bests containing one career-best. Glass led the Broncos with her second-place finish and career-best mark. Black was the next Bronco finisher, placing seventh with a career-high 9.775, while Lang placed eighth with a season-best 9.725. Kazandjian snagged the ninth place spot (9.675) with Redmon in 10th (9.550) and Potvin-Green in 12th (9.20).

In their final rotation the Broncos were able to produce three more season-best including one career-high. Glass again led the team, while Kazandjian scored a season-best 9.750 to tie for fifth. Lang notched a season-best 9.725 score to place seventh, while Alessandra Cinfio placed eighth with her career-best 9.675. Bekah Gher scored a 9.550 to place ninth and Dziawura placed 12th with a 9.0 score.

Glass was able to win her all-around title by a .20 margin over Alabama's Sarah DeMeo (39.175), while teammate Kim Jacob placed third (39.075).

The Crimson Tide's Diandra Milliner won the vault title with a 9.925 score, while Sledge and Stack-Eaton shared the bars title with Boise State's Redmon. On beam Stack-Eaton won the title outright (9.90), while Kayla Hoffman captured the floor title (9.90).

Alabama improves to a 4-0 record over the Broncos all-time. The Crimson Tide improve to 3-0 on the season, while Boise State evens to a 2-2 record in 2011.

The Broncos continue for their third-straight week on the road, heading to Tuscon, Ariz., to take on No. 31 Arizona on Fri., Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. (Mountain).

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