This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
March 8, 2005
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Pac-10 has four teams in the Top-25 (No. 5 UCLA, No. 11 OREGON STATE, No. 21 ARIZONA and No. 24 STANFORD). Head-to-head action continues this week as the Wildcats host Cal-State Fullerton, Texas and Ball State in a quad meet at the McKale Center. WASHINGTON returns to competition to face first-ranked Utah, while CALIFORNIA hosts North Carolina State at Haas Pavilion. Fri., Mar. 12 ARIZONA STATE competes against Minnesota in a dual meet competition. Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA each have a bye this week and will return to action on Sat., Mar. 19.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Friday, March 11
No. 21 ARIZONA vs CS Fullerton, w/Texas Woman's, Ball State, 7:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs No. 23 North Carolina State, 7:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON at No. 1 Utah, 6 p.m.
Friday, March 12
No. 19 Minnesota at ARIZONA STATE. 7 p.m.
*all times are local to site
ARIZONA - Then-No. 21 Arizona defeated Ohio State Mar. 5 by a score of 194.775-193.325. Wildcats won individual titles on three of the four events and freshman Danielle Hicks captured her first career all-around title with a score of 39.100, including a 9.8 on the balance beam. Senior Stevie Fanning also notched a 9.8 on the beam to share second-place honors with Hicks. UA will return home this Fri. to host Cal-State Fullerton, Texas and Ball State in a quad meet.
ARIZONA STATE - With a score of 39.25, ASU sophomore, Cassandra Jusino won the all-around competition Mar. 4, but it was not enough to overcome then-No. 17 Penn State, as the Sun Devils were defeated, 195.55-194.35. Junior Ashley Kelly tied for first on the vault with a score of 9.875, as well as taking first on the floor exercise with a 9.9, good enough to place her third in the all-around with a score of 39.025. Arizona State will compete against the University of Minnesota Sat., Mar. 12 for a dual meet.
CALIFORNIA - California competed in two meets over the weekend, posting its highest score of the year with a 192.350 loss to then-No. 25 Utah State (195.325), as well as a 191.500 score in a quad-meet with then-No. 3 Utah (197.425), then-No. 6 Florida (196.450) and Stanford (196.025), to finish fourth. Senior My-Lan Dodd tied her season-high all-around mark on Mar. 7 with a score of 39.200, including a 9.900 on vault. Freshman Nicki Wells bested her career high with a 9.750 on bars. The Bears return to action Fri., Mar. 11 against North Carolina State at Haas Pavilion.
OREGON STATE - Oregon State took first in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational, knocking off then-No. 9 Iowa State (195.100), then-No. 22 Washington (194.500) and UC Davis (191.500) Mar. 4 with a score of 195.525. Sophomore Chelsea Plourde led the Beavers on bars with a score of 9.850 to finish second on the apparatus. OSU posted its second-highest beam score of the season with a 40.100, including a 9.875 mark from junior Chrissy Lamun. The Beavers have a bye next week, but return to action Mar. 19, competing against Arkansas, Nebraska and UCLA.
STANFORD - Stanford (196.025) had strong performances in both the uneven bars and floor exercises Mar., 4 to finish third at the quad-meet against Utah (197.425), Florida (196.450) and Cal (191.500). Stanford (194.975) competed against Alabama (197.100) just two days later. Freshman Lauren Elmore posted a personal season-high all-around score of 39.225 to finish third. Junior Natalie Foley was narrowly edged out of first place in the all-around with a score of 39.225, including a 9.775 on the vault. Stanford will take the weekend off before concluding its regular season schedule with a tri-meet at San Jose State against the Spartans and California.
UCLA - The then-fourth-ranked Bruins notched a team score of 197.85 in a victory over Florida (196.650) in front of 5,088 fans. Senior Kristen Maloney scored a perfect 10 on bars, tying freshman teammate Tasha Schwikert for first place in the all-around with a career-high 39.825. Maloney became the first UCLA gymnast ever to score a perfect 10 on all four events (vault, bars, beam and floor) in her career. The Bruins will return to action Mar. 19 in a meet against Arkansas, Nebraska and Oregon State.
WASHINGTON - Junior Kelly McDonald won the individual title on bars with a score of 9.900 as the Huskies finished third at the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational on Mar. 4 in Corvallis, Ore. UW scored 194.500, which also included a 9.850 from senior Carly Dockendorf on the bars. The Huskies had a strong night on the vault as well, scoring a 48.875, their second highest total this season. Dockendorf led the way with a 9.825 in the event. Washington returns to competition this Fri., Mar. 11 to face first-ranked Utah.