A personal-best score of 9.900 on the balance beam from senior Samantha King was not enough as the Illinois State University gymnastics team fell to Lindenwood, 194.575-194.075, Sunday afternoon at Hyland Arena in Saint Charles, Mo.

King’s 9.900 matched her personal-best and contributed to a season-high team score of 49.000 in the balance beam competition. She also scored 9.875 on the uneven bars, part of a team score of 48.650.

Illinois State gathered a team score of 48.125 on the vault event. Sophomore Kristyn Bossle led the Redbirds with a score of 9.725. Lindenwood, however, was able to keep up with ISU, earning a team score of 48.450 on the vault.

Illinois State’s weakest event of the afternoon was the floor competition. The Redbirds committed minor mistakes on the floor, earning a team score of 48.300 compared to Lindenwood’s 49.000. Junior Sarah Fisher earned ISU’s highest score on the floor with a score of 9.775. Head coach Bob Conkling believes his team has a lot of work to do in several areas.

“I thought our gymnasts fought hard and did really good,” Conkling said. We have some cleaning up to do with tumbling and landings in order to improve on vault and floor.”

The Redbirds will look to correct their mistakes in a rematch against Lindenwood this weekend.

“Lindenwood looked solid,” Conkling said. “We as a team have some improving to do, since we face them again next weekend.”

At 4 p.m., Saturday in Hyland Arena, Illinois State will return for a rematch against Lindenwood in a quad meet including University of Illinois-Chicago and Eastern Michigan. Following Saturday’s meet, the Redbirds return to for a home meet against Ball State at 6:30 p.m., March 2, at Horton Field House.

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