The women's gymnastics teams of Brigham Young and Utah State universities are apparently coming into their own now just as they prepare to do battle with each other twice in the next eight days.

Both go into tonight's meet off their best scores of the season. Thirteenth-ranked BYU (4-4) scored a season-best 193.35 in defeating Southern Utah last week, and Utah State (3-5) should improve considerably on its 28th place in the next rankings because of a season-high 192.275 set in a win at Boise State on Feb. 17.The Cougars and Aggies will stage a dual meet tonight at 7 in USU's Smith Spectrum. They meet again at BYU in a tri-meet with Stanford on March 4.

BYU sophomore Kelli Rose posted a 38.775 with personal highs on bars and floor to lead the Cougars over Southern Utah. BYU coach Brad Cattermole saw progress from his team on balance beam and bars and says the floor team is improving now that it's midseason.

USU's young team is still nagged with injuries that limit some usual all-arounders to one or two events, but senior Tricia Yamamoto, the school all-around record-holder since Feb. 6, is expected to have healed enough from a sore back to do all-around again for the home crowd. Janelle Del Rosario should compete all but floor. Coach Ray Corn says the meet with Boise was grueling like "a heavyweight fight. I've been waiting for this kind of performance all season, and it couldn't have happened at a better time."