Bears (3-2, 0-2) Head East to Face Boise State
Jan. 28, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP: The California women's gymnastics team (3-2, 0-2) hits the road again for its fourth meet of the season, facing the Boise State Broncos (0-4), Friday, Jan. 31 at 7:00 p.m. in Boise State Pavilion. The Bears own a slight 5-4 all-time advantage over the Broncos.
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS: After this weekend's disappointing loss to the Stanford Cardinal, the Bears fall to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10. The defeat was not without some exceptional personal performances, though. Junior Stephanie Kim tied her career best marks on the vault (9.650) and floor (9.825), finishing in a second place tie on the floor. Sophomores Miho Maeda, My-Lan Dodd and Lauren Shipp also improved on their season performances. Maeda, in her first extensive action of the season, set career highs on the bars (9.775) and floor (9.650). Dodd, who has improved steadily every week, established season best scores in every event, as well as tying her career high on the bars (9.900). Shipp performed in her first meet of the season, setting a personal best mark 9.850 in her exhibition performance on the balance beam.
SCOUTING BOISE STATE: The Broncos (0-4) enter this week as the 38th ranked team in the nation with a team average of 193.725. Boise State completed the weekend with a close loss to Utah State, 195.350 - 193.675, on Friday and a 195.600 - 193.725 defeat at the hands of BYU on Saturday. Sophomore Carla Chambers leads the Broncos, as her 38.858 all-around average places her at No. 61 in the nation. Head coach Sam Sandmire is in her 16th season at the helm, compiling a 163-143-1 overall record.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: As the lone senior on this year's squad, Janet McKnight is providing a valuable team leadership role as she consistently improves every week. Most recently vs. Stanford, she notched a season and career high mark on bars (9.875), while recording season highs on the bars (9.875) and floor exercise (9.750). Currently, McKnight is No. 31 in the nation on the bars with her 9.833 average.
BEARS ON THE BARS: After three weeks of competition, the Bears rank No. 23 in the nation on the uneven parallel bars with a 48.442 average. The 48.850 high mark at the Bruin Classic shattered the 47.900 score tallied against Sacramento State in the first meet of the year. Dodd holds the Cal season record on the bars with her 9.900 score against Stanford, good for a second place tie.
TOP-50: With its No. 39 national ranking, the Bears are also rated in the Top 50 in every team event. In addition to the team-high ranking on bars, Cal enters this weekend at No. 33 on floor (48.542), No. 36 on vault (48.292) and No. 47 on the beam (47.675).
IN THE POLLS: After checking in at No. 34 in the nation following two weeks of competition, the Bears dropped five spots to No. 39 after this past weekend's meet vs. Stanford. In arguably the most competitive conference in the country, the Pac-10 boasts five teams in the Top 15. Among the Pac-10 teams, the Golden Bears are currently in seventh place, following UCLA (No. 5), Arizona State (No. 6), Stanford (No. 9), Washington (No. 10), Oregon State (No. 12) and Arizona (No. 13).
IMPROVING ON THE VAULT: Each week Cal has steadily improved its team score on the vault. In week one against Sacramento State, the squad posted a team score of 48.000. At the Bruin Classic in week two, the Bears jumped to 48.200 and this past week vs. Stanford, the team notched a 48.675.
YOUNG CUBS: The 2003 freshman class is certainly making its mark on the Bears' squad. Monique Chang leads the team in the vault event (9.850) and is second on the team on the bars (9.850). Britani Pittullo's performance against Stanford established her as a strong all-around performer, as her 9.800 beam score was good for fourth place as well as second place on the team this year. Pittullo's all-around 38.750 gave her a fourth place finish and third place on the team.