This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
2006 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS
The Pac-10 race is heating up. With five teams ranked in the Top 20, every meet will feature intense competition. Entering the third week of Pac-10 play, WASHINGTON will travel to the desert to challenge the highest ranked team in the Pac-10, No. 10 ARIZONA. No. 13 STANFORD will travel across the Bay to take on CALIFORNIA, and No. 12 ARIZONA STATE will test itself outside of the Conference and host No. 2 Utah. No. 11 UCLA will also compete outside of Pac-10 play as it travels to Cal State Fullerton.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Feb. 3
ARIZONA vs. WASHINGTON, 7:30 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. Utah, 7:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. STANFORD, 7:30 p.m.
UCLA at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA - The then-No. 14 Wildcats set a new season-high (195.875) as junior Aubrey Taylor won the first all-around title of her career, as Arizona earned its first victory over California (191.325), Jan. 27 in front of 1,061 fans in McKale Center. Arizona claimed the top three spots in all four individual events. Sophomore Karin Wurm matched her career-high mark with a 9.825 to share the vault title with freshman Bree Workman. Taylor claimed the individual title by tying her career-best mark with a 9.900 on the uneven bars. Freshman Briana Bergeson captured the first individual title of her career with a 9.850 on balance beam. The Wildcats remain at home this week as they take on Washington on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE - The then-No. 13 Arizona State remained unbeaten, using season-best scores on balance beam (49.1) and floor exercise (49.075) events to score a 195.175 and defeat Washington (191.475) and Seattle Pacific (190.225). Junior April Boone scored a season-best 39.2 in the all-around, including a second-place finish on floor exercise (9.875), a third-place finish on beam (9.875), and a fourth-place finish on vault (9.825) and bars (9.650). Junior Cassandra Jusino tied for first on vault with a season-best 9.9 and was also the top finisher in the floor exercise with a season-best 9.9. The Sun Devils return to action Feb. 3 when they host Utah at 7:30 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Arena.
CALIFORNIA - The Bears fell to then-No. 14 Arizona on Jan. 27, 195.875-191.325. California was led on vault by senior Britani Pittullo, who posted a season-high 9.750 in the event. Pittullo also tied her season-high 38.200 in the all-around. Freshman Jessica Kelly also competed in the all-around competition (38.600), tallying her best marks yet as a Golden Bear. Her marks included a 9.675 (vault), 9.700 (bars), 9.525 (beam) and 9.700 (floor). California takes on Stanford at home this week on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
OREGON STATE - The freshmen of OSU took control of the all-around competition last week, as Tasha Smith and Jami Lanz shared the all-around title with scores of 39.125. This helped the Beavers beat then-No. 6 Stanford, 195.150-194.125. Smith continued to dominate, by placing first on beam (9.875), first on floor (9.850) and second on vault (9.875). Smith even turned enough heads to get a standing ovation from the home crowd. The Beavers have a bye this week before competing at home on Feb. 10 against Arizona.
STANFORD - Stanford (6-2) lost to then-No. 19 Oregon State 195.150-194.125. Sophomore Liz Tricase won the bars competition with a score of 9.850. Sophomore Tabitha Yim, who is the nation's leader in the all-around (39.600), competed in three events (vault, beam, floor). She collected wins on floor (9.850) and vault (9.900). Stanford returns to action on Feb. 3 at California. Stanford's next home meet is Feb. 17 against nationally-ranked Arizona at Burnham Pavilion.
UCLA - UCLA did not compete this past week. The Bruins will travel south to face Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 3 at Titan Gym at 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON - The Huskies (191.525) lost to then-No. 13 Arizona State (195.175) and beat Seattle Pacific (190.225) on Jan. 27. Freshman Ashley Houghting won vault scoring a 9.900. Senior Kelly McDonald won bars scoring 9.800. It is the third time this season that the pair has won those events at the same meet. A highlight of the meet was the Huskies season-high 48.875 on floor with junior Chelsea Bakken and freshman Kristen Omori tying for third with a score of 9.850. The Huskies return to action Feb. 3 at Arizona.