BOISE — Southern Utah came out victorious in a neck-and- neck battle between two Western Athletic Conference gymnastics contenders in a 194.70-194.475 win over Boise State Friday night. The Thunderbirds also had their second win over Seattle (186.825) Pacific this season.

"I thought the team looked great," coach Scott Bauman said. "They competed their guts out, and the competition between us and Boise was fierce all night. We were able to hit on 22-of-24, so we still have some other things to work on to get better."

Southern Utah posted a meet-high 48.925 on bars. Elise Wheeler (9.875) and Erin Morgan (9.80) led the 'Birds with Tehani Douglas, Jenna Vogt and Ari Lamb each tallying 9.75s. Boise State's Lindsay Ward took first on the event with 9.90.

Following the first rotation, SUU held onto a 48.925-48.875 lead.

The Thunderbirds moved to beam and were led by three scores of 9.75 or higher for 48.525. SUU (97.45) still trailed Boise State (97.700) but widened the gap over Seattle Pacific (92.05).

BSU's Lindsay Ward claimed her second overall title of the night on beam with 9.8.

SUU's floor team was headlined by Wheeler's 9.85 and Coughlin's 9.825 as the Thunderbirds pulled together 48.70.

Boise State's misfortune on beam (47.900) opened the door for the Thunderbirds to take the lead through three rotations,146.15-145.60, over the Broncos. Seattle Pacific had 139.00.

SUU ended with its weakest event, vault, but managed to hold off BSU with a team score of 48.55. The Broncos had 48.875. .

Southern Utah'sWheeler finished first in the all-around with 39.10, followed by BSU's Redmon (38.70) and T-Bird Jenna Vogt (38.60).

SUU now has a week of rest before visiting the BYU's Marriott Center Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m.