Husker gymnasts sparke at Penn State

The No. 8 Nebraska women's gymnastics team posted the eighth-highest away meet score in school history in its 197.225-196.150 victory over the No. 23 Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday afternoon in University Park, Pa. The undefeated Huskers improve to 6-0 overall on the season and 3-0 in Big Ten competition.

Jessie DeZiel and Emily Wong went head-to-head in the all-around, coming out with identical season-high scores of 39.575. DeZiel soared to a 9.95 to claim the vault crown, while Wong earned the bar title. Hollie Blanske and Wong both tied for top honors on floor, and Jennifer Lauer's seamless beam performance earned her a share of the title.

The Huskers kicked off the afternoon on bars, putting-up a 49.075 to begin the meet. Wong led the Big Red sticking a strong 9.90 to tie for top honors. DeZiel (9.85) and Desire' Stephens (9.825) both produced important efforts, while Jennifer Lauer rounded out the Huskers' lineup with a 9.775.

The Nittany Lions began their afternoon on vault, claiming a 49.150. PSU was led by Emma Sibson's mark of 9.95 to tie DeZiel for the title. With one rotation in the books, Nebraska closely trailed Penn State 49.150-49.075.

Nebraska bounced back to take the lead in its second rotation on vault, claiming a new season-high 49.400. DeZiel fueled the Huskers tying her career-high 9.95 to earn a share of the event title. Wong added a key 9.90 while Blanske recorded a season-high tie 9.875. Martin also tied her season-high mark of 9.85 and Stephens hit an important 9.825 to finish out the vault lineup.

Penn State earned a 48.925 on bars, led by Kassidy Stauder's 9.90 score to tie with Wong for the title. After the second rotation the Huskers took the lead ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­98.475-98.075.

The Huskers showed consistency as they moved onto floor hitting a team mark of 49.350. The duo of Blanske and Wong both tabbed identical scores of 9.90. Wong's saucy floor performance is still undefeated this season. The trio of DeZiel (9.875), Jamie Schleppenbach (9.85), and Jennifer Lauer (9.825) all snagged season-highs on the event.

The Nittany Lions took to beam for their third rotation notching a team score of 49.025. Kassidy Strauder put up a 9.925 score to tie Jennifer Lauer for the title. With one rotation left Nebraska led Penn State 147.825-147.100.

The Huskers capped their victory on beam posting one of the top-ten beam scores in Husker history with a stellar 49.400. Undefeated on beam, Jennifer Lauer tied her season-high score of 9.925. DeZiel (9.90), and Wong (9.875) also tied their season-high marks, while Blanske recorded her new career-high score of 9.85. Schleppenbach rounded out the Huskers notable beam performance sticking a 9.85.

Penn State took to floor for the final rotation earning a 49.050. The Nittany Lion squad finished with a 196.150 on the evening, but it would not be enough to overcome Nebraska's 197.225.

Nebraska will return to Lincoln next weekend to kick off a two-week home stand, welcoming Big Ten rival No. 6 Michigan to the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Friday, Feb. 14. The action is set to start at 6 p.m. CST. This match-up between the top two teams in the Big Ten will be televised on BTN the following day, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. ET. This meet will also be the Pepsi Pack the House event, featuring $1 admission, popcorn and 24-oz Pepsi products for fans in attendance. Fans can purchase tickets online at or by calling the Nebraska Ticket Office at 1-800-8BIGRED.

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