Women's Gymnastics Welcomes No. 12 Washington

Feb. 1, 2001

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This Week --
Arizona State women's gymnastics squad (2-2) will attempt to defend its 22-meet home winning streak against No. 12 Washington (4-2), Friday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Wells Fargo Arena.

ASU Rankings --
With the basis for national rankings now shifting to team-average (1/29), the Sun Devils' season average of 193.875 should rank 19th nationally. Server problems at the GymInfo website prevented ASU's statistics from appearing in the rankings.

Recent Results --
Coming from behind in the final rotation, ASU handed No. 1 UCLA its first loss of the year, 196.35-196. Finishing on the floor, ASU compiled its best single-event score of 2001 (49.325) while UCLA suffered two falls on beam to open the door. Although no Sun Devil performed to a mark above 9.875 on the night, the lowest score it had to endure was a 9.675 on vault. Laura Moon led ASU with an all-around total of 39.325, the second-highest mark over the last four seasons. Maggie Germaine was right behind with a total of 39.3. Kelly Cowley finished with a 9.875 on floor after scoring 9.8s on vault and bars. Ashley Ellsberry also had a 9.875 on floor, establishing a career best.

The Streak --
If it appears as if ASU's home winning streak grew in the off-season, it did. Contrary to many recent reports, further statistical review shows that the Sun Devils have won their last 22 home meets, defeating 34 opponents. The last team to defeat ASU in Tempe was Utah, which bested the Sun Devils 193.875-193.25, Feb. 2, 1996. That loss was ASU's first in its last eight home meets, and its first since Utah had snapped a nine-meet home wining streak, Feb. 11, 1994. Thus, ASU has won 37 of its last 39 home meets, defeating 56 opponents. The last team to beat the Sun Devils at home other than Utah was Oregon State (192.7-192.55) Feb. 7, 1992.

Washington (4-2) --
Coached by Bob Levesque, the Huskies climbed to a No. 12 overall ranking this week. Washington (195.925) comes off of a win over Seattle Pacific (191.875) and a loss to Stanford (196.05). Senior Mandy Klug scored a career-high on floor (9.95) while UW established its season high in the event (49.425). Junior Stacy Wong managed careers bests on bars, beam and floor. ... Junior Allison Bruce is out for the 2001 season after suffering an injury to her Achilles tendon in the pre-season.

Last Time vs. Washington --
The Sun Devils produced the second of what would be three-straight 195-plus totals, but fell to Washington 195.55-195.1, while defeating Seattle Pacific (189.95). ASU led going into the final rotation, but Washington produced its second-highest total of the season on floor (49.25) to come from behind for the win. In the losing effort, ASU turned in its third-highest score of the season on beam 49.05.

All-Time vs. Washington --
ASU holds a 16-3 advantage over the Huskies all-time, but Washington won the 2000 meeting. At the GTE Challenge in Seattle, Washington triumphed 195.55-195.1 over ASU (Seattle Pacific finished third with 189.95).

Moon Rising --
Laura Moon -- a junior from Scottsdale, Ariz. -- transferred to ASU after two MVP seasons at Maryland. As good as those seasons were, Moon wasted no time showing improvement as a Sun Devil. Despite being limited to one event at the Maui Invitational because of an ankle injury, Moon lifted her career-high on bars from 9.925 to 9.95. The following meet, against Oregon State, Moon competed in the all-around to a 38.875. Most recently, she led the Sun Devils with an all-around score of 39.325 in ASU's upset of UCLA.

Fab Frosh --
The only Sun Devil to compete in all four events at the Maui Invitational, freshman Maggie Germaine performed to a team-best 9.775 on the balance beam, added another 9.775 on the floor, hit a 9.8 on bars and added a 9.425 on vault to finish with an all-around score of 38.775. The following week she totaled a 37.975 in ASU's victory over Oregon State. Against UCLA, she earned a 9.875 on floor that led the way for her 39.3 total.

Captain Cowley --
Kelly Cowley, a team co-captain and ASU's only returning All-American, has been the model of consistency for the Sun Devils. Competing in every event except beam at all three meets, Cowley's scores have counted toward the team total all but once. Against UCLA, she notched a 9.8 on vault (second highest ASU score of the year), and a 9.875 on floor (tied for highest ASU score of the year).

Assignment Athletes --
Although appearing in all three meets, juniors Rhonda Robinette and Ashley Stewart have competed in no more than two events per. However, both are making their appearances count. In the Sun Devils' upset of UCLA, Robinette improved her team-high score on beam to 9.875, while Stewart did the same on vault, pushing the ASU season-high to 9.85.

Wojciak Attack --
Sophomore Margaret Wojciak has already increased her contribution since her freshman season. Against Oregon State, Wojciak made her collegiate debut in the all-around and finished with a 38.475, higher than any ASU all-around performance in 2000.

Rule Change --
Unlike previous years in which gymnasts were allowed two attempts on the vault (with the higher score counting), this year athletes will only be allowed one attempt at the apparatus.

Up Next --
ASU returns to the road to face current No. 7 Stanford in the Bay Area, Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. PST.

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