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Utah standout Kristina Baskett didn't dwell on her subpar performance a week ago at Oregon State. She simply improved.
Baskett scored a season-high 39.65 to win the all-around for the Utes on Friday. She earned 9.9s on the beam and floor and 9.925s on the vault and bars. It was quite a different performance from a week ago when she fell off the bars and had a wobble on the beam, scoring a 38.75 in the all-around.
"That meet wasn't in my mind at all tonight," Baskett said. "I just tried to stay calm and collected."
Her approach worked as her total was just shy of her career-best 39.7 and was the second time she has scored above 39.6 this season.
"Kris is in a very good place with her gymnastics right now," Utah coach Greg Marsden said. "I had a talk with the team that some nights are going to be your night and others are going to be a struggle. She did a good job of finding her way through last week and it was obvious that tonight was her night."
Not too happy
SUU was headed for a solid score going into the final rotation, then had two falls on the uneven bars, leaving coach Scott Bauman with a familiar assessment of his team as he bemoaned the inconsistencies. The Thunderbirds also had a big break on the beam, although they didn't have to count the 9.425.
"We can be so much better than that," Bauman said. "We were good on three events and for that to happen is frustrating. It would be nice to walk away with a nice score. We need them to hit."
Even though the Cougars finished third Friday, their score of 192.85 was a season high, eclipsing the 190.65 they earned in the last meet. BYU's best event was the vault, where it scored a 49.1, led by 9.875s from Krysten Koval and Megan Donehue . Those marks were the high scores of the night for BYU. The Cougars didn't use any gymnasts in the all-around.
No strangers to competition
Even though Texas Woman's University is a Division II school, its schedule is more like that of a top Division I program's. In addition to competing against the top-ranked Utes, the Pioneers have No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 25 Iowa, No. 21 Arizona, No. 19 Denver, No. 3 Arkansas and N.C. State on its 2009 schedule.
The Pioneers have won nine of the last 15 USA Gymnastics Women's Collegiate national championships.