The No. 6 ranked Alabama Gymnastics team opened its 2013 home slate with a decisive 196.575-195.525 win over No. 5 LSU Friday night in Coleman Coliseum in front of 13,912 fans. Alabama goes to 2-0 on the season and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference competition, while the Tigers fall to 2-1, 1-1 in the SEC. Junior Kim Jacob led the way for the Crimson Tide, winning her second all-around in a row with a 39.375.

Alabama came out strong on the vault, scoring a 49.45, led by 9.925s from sophomore Kayla Williams and junior Diandra Milliner. Juniors Ashley Sledge and Sarah DeMeo and senior Ashley Priess all scored 9.9s on the uneven bars to pace the Tide to a 49.325. On the balance beam, Alabama scored a 49.050 behind Jacob’s 9.875. The Tide closed things out with a 48.750 on the floor exercise, where Jacob and DeMeo scored 9.9s to the lead the way for Alabama.

The Tide returns to action Friday, Jan. 25 in Coleman Coliseum against Kentucky in the Crimson Tide’s ninth-annual Power of Pink meet, which raises awareness in the fight against breast cancer.

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