WVU Mountaineers take on #1 Oklahoma Sooners.
“It’s tough to compete twice in 48 hours, but we’re going to have to do it in the postseason, so this was good practice for that,” Mountaineer coach Jason Butts said. “This was a good experience for them. The energy was a little down coming out of the tunnel. I liked that they picked it up a lot on bars – we handed in five great bars performances. We had a few missed connections on balance beam, but we stayed on, and a few missteps on floor.
“We could have had a better performance today, but overall I was happy with their fight and their spirit.”
“We keep looking for that 10,” Butts said of Koshinski’s floor routine. “Was today’s performance a 10? It’s all in the eyes of the judges. It was a beautiful floor routine, and I thought it was a 10. She’s done what I think are 10.0 routines. She keeps nailing it, week in and week out, and I couldn’t be more proud of her. I think she’s going to keep rolling.”
Koshinski continues to rank No. 2 in program history with 20 career floor scores of 9.9 or better. She needs one more 9.9+ mark to match TeShawne Jackson’s (2000-03) program record of 21.
“We were really disheveled during warmup and I really think that effected our performances today,” head coach K.J. Kindler said. “We never seemed to quite get on the same page and that definitely hurt us in our performances. We just didn’t seem focused today and we looked a little bit tired.”
“We’re having to call on a lot of people to contribute right now and the experience will make them better, there’s no doubt about it,” Kindler said. “We had a very long week and our plan is to regroup, get some rest and get ready for UCLA. There’s no excuse for a performance like this because we are a better team than this.”