Tigers lose to No. 7 Alabama despite season-best score

Strong individual showings are not enough to defeat the Crimson Tide.

No. 21 Missouri posted its highest score of the season on Friday in a loss to No. 7 Alabama. The Tigers lost by a margin of 0.7 points.

The loss comes just a week after the Tigers lost by less than a point (196.025-195.075) to No. 14 Arkansas.

Both sophomore Hannah McCrary and freshman Helen Hu won event titles during the meet. McCrary achieved her career-best score in the vault to tie for the win. She posted a 9.925 to claim her first title of the season. Hu captured her fourth beam title of the season with a 9.95, tying her career high. A 9.9 from Hu was also the highest score posted by Missouri in the bars rotation.

As a team, the Tigers put up their second-best marks of the season in the floor and beam rotations. Redshirt senior Morgan Porter, freshman Sienna Shreiber and McCrary all posted 9.9s in the floor event. Also in the floor event, sophomore Alisa Sheremeta tied her personal best and freshman Kambrie Brandt set her personal best with a 9.875 and 9.775 respectively.

While this loss takes the team to 1-6 on the season, coach Shannon Welker remains optimistic about her team’s performance. “The one thing we've been talking about is that we don't have to be perfect to be a good team,” Welker said. “Tonight proved that point. We had some obvious mistakes but we didn't let it affect us. We had a mistake on bars and on floor but we stayed aggressive after those mistakes and didn't let it impact us. And we're going to walk away with a pretty good score, which will help us in the rankings.”

Up next for the Tigers is the Mardi Gras Invitational on Friday in St. Charles, Missouri. Missouri will have to face more tough competition: No. 9 LSU, No. 18 Iowa State and Lindenwood.

Edited by Wilson Moore | wmoore@themaneater.com

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