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No. 2 LSU to face No. 16 Minnesota in home finale

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BATON ROUGE – After finishing the Southeastern Conference regular season undefeated at 7-0, the No. 2 LSU gymnastics team will look to wrap up a perfect home slate when the Tigers compete against 16th-ranked Minnesota in the home finale at 7:30 p.m. CT Friday in the Maravich Center.

Doors to the Maravich Center will open at 6 p.m., and the first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a free set of LSU gymnastics trading cards.

Tickets are still available by logging on to www.LSUtix.net, calling the LSU Ticket Office at 225-578-2184 or in person on the first floor of the Moran Family Center for Athletic Administration.

It is also Senior Night as the Tigers will honor Rheagan Courville, Lloimincia Hall, Jessie Jordan, Britney Ranzy and Scarlett Williams prior to the meet.

LSU (10-1, 7-0) is seeking a second straight undefeated home schedule for the first time since the 1983 and 1984 seasons. The Tigers finished 11-0 in the Maravich Center last season and are 4-0 entering Friday's competition.

“These seniors have been a major part of continuing some strong traditions at LSU, but they have established a new line of excellence during their time,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said.

LSU is 14-0 all-time against Minnesota, and this will be the first meeting since the teams competed in the 2013 NCAA Championship Semifinal I in Los Angeles. The Tigers finished second in the semifinal to advance to the Super Six with a 197.325, and the Golden Gophers placed fourth with a 196.375.

Minnesota (8-5, 2-3 Big Ten) is making its first trip to Baton Rouge since April 13, 1996 when the Golden Gophers competed at the NCAA Central Regional hosted by LSU.

“They are a Top 25 team and will be a good test for our ladies,” Breaux said. “We look forward to a strong competition, and we are excited to be in front of our amazing fans at home one final time this season.”

The last time the two teams squared off in a regular season dual meet in Baton Rouge was Feb. 19, 1988 when LSU beat Minnesota 184.450-179.550.

The meet features three of the nation's top all-arounders. Jordan and Courville rank third and fourth in the all-around, respectively, and Minnesota junior Lindsay Mable is No. 1 in the all-around standings.

LSU enters the meet ranked second nationally on beam and floor, fourth on bars and sixth on vault. Minnesota is 14th on floor, 15th on beam, 19th on vault and 23rd on bars.

Courville, Jordan, Hall, Ashleigh Gnat and Jessica Savona are all ranked in at least one event for the Tigers, and Mable is the Golden Gophers' lone gymnast in the rankings.

Minnesota is under the direction of first-year interim head coach Jenny Hansen who spent the previous eight seasons as associate head coach.

The meet will be carried on SEC Network+, an online-only broadcast. Lori Strong-Ballard will have play-by-play duties, and LSU alum and two-time All-American Kaleigh Dickson will serve as color analyst.

Live stats will be available on www.LSUsports.net/livestats.

Fans can connect with the Tigers on the team's social media outlets: www.Facebook.com/lsugym, @LSUgym on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, and www.YouTube.com/lsugymnastics.

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