No. 16 Boise State Takes on No. 9 Nebraska, Iowa State

The No. 16 Boise State gymnastics team travels for the second-straight week, heading to the 23rd Masters Classic in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday, February 22. There the Broncos (6-1) will take on No. 9 Nebraska and No. 37 Iowa State at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The meet begins at 6 p.m. CST.

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Boise State co-head coaches Neil Resnick and Tina Bird are in the midst of their sixth season as co-head coaches. Last week the duo earned their 100th and 101st wins at the Perfect 10 Challenge in Oklahoma City. The pair now holds a 101-31 (.765) record.

Boise State enters its sixth meet of the season, third on the road, with a 6-1 record and a No. 16 national ranking. The team sits at No. 4 in the West Region according to and holds national event ranks of No. 15 on vault, No. 8 on uneven bars, No. 25 on balance beam and No. 20 on floor exercise. Boise State holds a season-high of 196.325 earned against BYU on Feb. 1, 2013.

In its five meets Boise State has won or tied for a win in 18 of the possible 25 individual events. Amanda Otuafi leads the vault titles (3), while Brittany Potvin-Green has earned two and Kelsey Black, Caitlin Mann and Ciera Perkins have all earned one title apiece. Erin Wippermann has three titles on bars, while Potvin-Green, Perkins and Mann each have one, while Mann is the only Bronco to earn any titles on beam this season (3). Black, Otuafi and Potvin-Green have each earned two wins on floor, while Mann has collected three all-around titles and Potvin-Green has one.

Six Broncos hold top-100 national averages in their individual events according to For the third-straight week Wippermann holds the team's highest individual national ranking, sitting at a tie for No. 37 on bars. Black holds a No. 49 spot in the all-around, while also sitting at No. 62 on vault, tied for No. 54 on bars and No. 50 on floor. Mann ranks No. 80 in the all-around, while tying for No. 44 on bars and No. 77 on beam. Potvin-Green ranks No. 46 on floor and No. 87 on vault, while Perkins and Otuafi tie for No. 63 and No. 67 on vault, respectively.

This week's meet at Oklahoma marks the second road meet of five this season for Boise State.  

The No. 9-ranked Nebraska Huskers enter the week with a 5-1 record and a 196.541 average on the season. The team holds a No. 11 rank on vault, No. 7 on bars, No. 7 on beam and No. 10 on floor.

Individually, a handful of Huskers hold top-100 national rankings. Emily Wong ranks No. 5 in the country in the all-around, No. 86 on vault, No. 10 (tie) on bars, No. 62 (tie) on beam and No. 12 on floor. Jessie DeZiel ranks No. 19 in the all-around, No. 63 (tie) on vault, No. 13 on bars, No. 49 (tie) on beam and No. 84 (tie) on floor. Jennifer Lauer ranks No. 32 in the all-around and No. 62 (tie) on beam, while Janelle Giblin ranks No. 73 in the all-around, No. 69 on vault, No. 50 (tie) on bars and No. 90 on beam. Brittany Skinner holds a No. 8 rank on vault and No. 57 on beam, while Jamie Schleppenback ranks No. 72 (tie) on vault and No. 97 (tie) on floor and Hollie Blanske ties for No. 60 on floor.

The No. 37-ranked Iowa State Cyclones enter the week with a 3-5 record and a 195.175 season-high score. As a team the Cyclones have a No. 57 rank on vault, No. 35 on bars, No. 29 on beam and No. 33 on floor.

The Cyclones' Elizabeth Stranahan holds the team's highest individual national rank, sitting at No. 70 in the all-around. Other top-100 ranked teammates include: Caitlin Brown, No. 74 (tie) in the all-around; Michelle Shealy, 96 (tie) in the all-around and Milan Ivory, No. 81 (tie) on floor.

Boise State has faced Nebraska seven times, falling each time to the Huskers. Their most recent meeting came on April 12, 2008 at the NCAA Regional Championships.

The Broncos have faced Iowa State once in series history, winning their Jan. 20, 1989, meeting.

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