Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll.
Arkansas looking for tiny improvements
Arkansas' Amanda Wellick competes during a meet against Auburn on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.
Tonight's meet against Missouri looked like the calm before the storm a week ago for the No. 12 Arkansas gymnastics team.
No. 12 Arkansas vs. No. 6 Missouri
WHEN 7 p.m.
WHERE Barnhill Arena, Fayetteville
RECORDS Missouri 2-0, 0-0 SEC; Arkansas 0-1, 0-0 SEC
COACHES Shannon Welker (fourth year at Missouri); Mark Cook (15th year at Arkansas)
VAULT: No. 16 (tie) Arkansas (48.875), No. 19 (tie) Missouri (48.775). BARS: No. 7 Missouri (49.2), No. 17 Arkansas (48.825). BEAM: No. 7 (tie) Missouri (49.175), No. 12 Arkansas (48.9). FLOOR: No. 5 (tie) Missouri (49.075), No. 22 Arkansas (48.75)
INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS (Top 100)
ALL-AROUND: No. 15 Amanda Wellick (Ark) 39.3; No. 19 (tie) Aspen Tucker (Mizz) 39.175; No. 35 (tie) Jessica Yamzon (Ark) 38.925. VAULT: No. 9 (tie) Wellick (Ark) 9.9; No. 38 (tie) Britney Ward (Mizz) 9.825; No. 81 (tie) Braie Speed (Ark) and Madeleine Huber (Mizz) 9.775. BARS: No. 4 Huber (Mizz) 9.925; No. 33 (tie) Shauna Miller (Mizz) and Becca Schugel (Mizz) 9.85; No. 47 (tie) Wellick (Ark) and Hailey Garner (Ark) 9.825; Tucker (Mizz) 9.8; No. 88 (tie) Tia Albritten (Mizz) 9.775. BEAM: No. 28 (tie) Albritten (Mizz), Schugel (Mizz) and Tucker (Mizz) 9.85; No. 50 (tie) Garner (Ark), Alyson Heimsath (Mizz) 9.825; No. 70 (tie) Yamzon (Ark), Sydney McGlone (Ark) and Allison Bower (Mizz) 9.8. FLOOR: No. 23 (tie) Wellick (Ark), Kennedi Harris (Mizz) and Schugel (Mizz) 9.85; No. 46 (tie) Tucker (Mizz) 9.8; No. 86 (tie) Samantha Nelson (Ark) and Huber (Mizz) 9.775.
Arkansas leads the series 12-5, and has a nine-meet winning streak over the Tigers dating to March 16, 2012. … Missouri sophomore Morgan Porter, the SEC freshman of the year last season, is expected to return from a one-meet suspension after her misdemeanor arrest in August for fraudulent use of a credit device. … Missouri’s season-opening 196.225 marked a school-record for an opening meet by 0.875 points. …Former Arkansas All-American Casey Jo MacPherson who is in her third year as an assistant coach for Missouri, will be back at Barnhill for the second time since wrapping up her career at Arkansas with 71 event titles in 2011. Tickets are available through the Razorback Ticket Center at (479) 575-5151.
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