NU WGYM: Huskers Top Iowa, Earn First Big Ten Win

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The No. 9 Nebraska women's gymnastics team used multiple top-notch performances, to capture their first Big Ten win over the Iowa Hawkeyes Friday night, 196.450-193.250. The Huskers (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) swept all events on the evening and tied a season-best team score on vault (49.250).

Senior Emily Wong paced the Huskers capturing four titles including the all-around crown with a 39.550 which ties her season-high score. Wong notched three other season-highs on vault (9.90), bars (9.90) and beam (9.875). Wong now has eight titles to her name this season.

The Huskers started the evening on bars earning a team score of 49.00. Wong led the Big Red sticking a season-best 9.90 on the evening taking home the event title. Sophomore Hollie Blanske delivered a solid performance hitting a 9.825 to earn a second place finish. Jordyn Beck adding a 9.775, while Ariel Martin earned her career-high score of 9.75 on the event.
The Hawkeyes started the evening on vault posting a team score of 48.50. They were led by Amanda Kowalski (9.80). With one event down Nebraska jumped to an early lead over Iowa 49.00-48.50.
Next, Nebraska moved to vault where they hit a 49.250 to tie their season-high. The duo of Wong, and Lambert led the Huskers both notching a season-high 9.90 while earning a share in the event title. Blanske added a career-high 9.875, and Stephens rounded out the Huskers with a solid 9.80.
Iowa earned a 48.50 on bars for their second rotation. After two events the Huskers lead the Hawkeyes 98.250-97.000.
Then, Nebraska continued to excel on floor with a 49.150. Wong and Blanske paced the Huskers with identical marks of 9.875 to take yet another event title. Jessie Deziel added a powerful routine of 9.825, while freshman Lambert made her debut on the event notching a 9.80.
Iowa took to beam for their third rotation earning 48.025. Angel Metcalf was tops for the Hawkeyes posting a score of 9.80. With only one event remaining Nebraska led Iowa 147.400-145.025.
The Huskers sealed their victory on beam posting a 49.050 on their final event of the night. Jennifer Lauer paved the way for the Huskers with a stellar 9.90 to take top honors on the event. Wong delivered a strong performance earning a new season-high 9.875. DeZiel and Schleppenbach also added two identical scores of 9.775.
The Hawkeyes earned a 48.225 on floor to end their evening. Led by identical scores of 9.75 by Maryah Huntley and Mollie Drenth, but their effort would not be enough to overcome Nebraska.
Nebraska will return to Lincoln next weekend to kick off a two-week home stand, welcoming Minnesota to the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday, Fe. 1. The match is slated for a 6 p.m. CST start. Fans can purchase tickets online at or by calling the Nebraska Ticket Office at 1-800-8BIGRED.