"We continue to improve meet to meet," head coach Scott Bauman said after the competition. "We still had two falls, but the rest of our lineups on those events did a great job and we didn't have to count them in the end.
Southern Utah opened on bars, scoring a 48.700 with Jamie Armijo and Alyssa Click leading the way with matching 9.800's. Rochelle Bernier followed with a season-high 9.725 and freshman Sydney Townsend scored a 9.700 in her first official collegiate competition. Fellow freshman Tyly Bozzuto rounded out the team score with a 9.575.
Boise State started on vault, scoring a 49.100 with Ciera Perkins claiming the individual title on the event with a 9.925.
The Thunderbirds took their turn on vault during the second rotation, scoring a 48.775 behind a 9.825 from Danielle Ramirez, returning from a knee injury that kept her out of the meet last weekend. Virginia Brownsell recorded her third consecutive vault scoring a 9.800 or higher with a 9.800 to finish second on the team. Memory Shettles and Bernier followed with a 9.775 and 9.700, respectively with Brittney Jensen's 9.675 rounding out the team score.
The Broncos increased their winning margin after the second rotation, scoring a 49.025 on bars with Perkins taking her second individual title with a 9.925 on the event.
Southern Utah moved to floor and recorded its best team score of the night with a 48.975. The mark made up two-tenths on Boise State as the Broncos finished with a 48.775 on the balance beam.
The Thunderbirds had three gymnasts scoring greater than a 9.800 on floor with Shettles coming out on top with a 9.850, followed by Natalie Trejo with a 9.825 and Ana Jaworski with a 9.800. Jensen and Stacie Webb wrapped up Southern Utah's scoring with a 9.775 and a 9.725, respectively.
SUU finished the night on beam and saw its first competitor fall during the opening routine. The Thunderbirds finished the rotation 5-for-5, despite wobbles from Bozzuto and Webb, to score a 48.700. Jaworski led the way with a career-high 9.875 to capture her first individual beam title of her career. Click followed with a 9.850 and Shettles finished third on the team with a 9.750. Webb and Bozzuto punctuated Southern Utah's team score with a 9.675 and 9.550, respectively.
Boise State finished the meet with its third 49+ mark of the night with a 49.125 on floor with Kelsey Black, Kelsey Morris and Perkins tied for the individual title with matching 9.875's.
The two teams will face each other for the third time this season next weekend when Boise State travels to Cedar City to face the Thunderbirds in the Centrum Arena. That meet is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. with live stat and live video links available online at www.suutbirds.com.