This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
Feb. 21, 2006
Chalk up another perfect score by a Pac-10 gymnast as STANFORD'S Liz Tricase posted a 10.0 on the bars last week against ARIZONA. Pac-10 teams continue to leave their mark in the national rankings with five teams ranked among the Top-20. This Friday, No. 6 UCLA travels to the desert to take on No. 14 Arizona. ARIZONA STATE hosts the UNO Classic, which includes OREGON STATE, Boise State and Wisconsin-Oshgosh. No. 12 Stanford hosts WASHINGTON. On Sunday, CALIFORNIA travels south to take on Cal State Fullerton.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Feb. 24
UCLA at ARIZONA, 6:30 p.m.
UNO's Classic at ARIZONA STATE, w/OREGON STATE, Boise State, Wisc.-Oshgosh, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 26
CALIFORNIA at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA - The-then No. 14 Wildcats (194.625) fell at then-No. 10 Stanford (196.875) on Feb. 17 in Burnham Pavilion. On the uneven parallel bars, junior Aubrey Taylor led the way for the Wildcats, scoring her fourth 9.9 of the year, and matching her career-high. On vault, junior Jamie Holton and sophomore Karin Wurm led the way for Arizona, each earning a 9.825. On the floor, sophomore Danielle Hicks recorded an impressive 9.825. The Wildcats look to rebound this week as they return home for the first of three consecutive meets at McKale Center as they take on UCLA on Feb. 24.
ARIZONA STATE - The then-No. 12 Sun Devils finished in second place (194.575) in a quad-meet on Feb. 19, which included then-No. 9 UCLA (196.675), Cal State Fullerton (189.8) and UC Davis (187.925). Senior Ashley Kelly (39.35) and junior April Boone (39.325) led ASU in the all-around, earning third and fourth place honors, respectively. Kelly also paced the Sun Devils on the balance beam, scoring a 9.85, which tied her for first place in the meet. On vault, Boone took top honors in the meet by tying her career-best score of 9.9. The Sun Devils return to action Feb. 24 when they host the UNO's Classic (vs. Oregon State, Boise State and Wisconsin-Oshgosh) at 7 p.m. in Wells Fargo Arena.
CALIFORNIA - California climbed back from a four-point deficit heading into the fourth rotation, but the Golden Bears could not overcome the Huskies as they fell to Washington 189.875-189.250, in Seattle, Feb. 17. The vault was the Bears' best event as they recorded a 47.650. Junior Isabel Garcia matched her career-high of 9.750 in the event to finish second. Freshman Jessica Kelley won the all-around with a score of 38.350. Kelley scored a 9.750 on floor, 9.500 on vault, 9.525 on bars and a 9.575 on beam. The Bears will continue on the road, facing Cal State Fullerton Feb. 26.
OREGON STATE - The then-No. 19 Oregon State Beavers lost to the then-No. 7 Iowa State Cyclones Feb. 17 at the Hilton Coliseum, 196.350-194.350. Freshman Jami Lanz led the Beavers with an all-around score of 38.775 to tie for third. On vault, Lanz posted the Beaver's highest-score with a 9.775. Senior Chrissy Lamun scored a career-high 9.875 on bars to earn second place. Freshman Tasha Smith missed the meet as she continues to recover from a turf-toe injury. The Beavers head to the desert this week, taking on No. 15 Arizona State, Boise State and Wisconsin-Oshgosh, Feb. 24.
STANFORD - The then-No. 10 ranked Cardinal (9-2), fueled by several impressive career-best efforts, including a perfect 10.0 by sophomore Liz Tricase on bars, stormed to a convincing 196.875-194.625 victory over then-14th-ranked Arizona on Feb. 17 in front of nearly 1,200 fans at Burnham Pavilion. In every event, the Cardinal put together a season-best (49.150 on vault, 49.425 on bars, 49.050 on beam, and 49.250 on floor). Sophomore Tabitha Yim won beam with a score of 9.950. Freshman Nicole Ourada scored a 9.925 to win floor, and Tricase scored a 9.900 on vault to take first. Stanford's final home meet is on Feb. 24 against Washington.
UCLA - Feb. 17, in front of 9,603 fans at Stageman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., UCLA lost to defending NCAA champion and No. 1 ranked Georgia, 197.525-195.2. Sophomore Jordan Schwikert won the vault (9.95) and beam (9.925) and freshman Kristina Comforte placed third in the all-around with a score of 39.3. Two days later, the then-ninth-ranked Bruins scored a season-high 196.675 to win a quad meet in Pauley Pavilion over then-12th-ranked Arizona State (194.575), Cal State Fullerton (189.8) and UC Davis (187.925). Senior Kate Richardson won the all-around (39.55) and took first on floor (9.95). Comforte won the bars (9.95) and Schwikert tied for first on the beam (9.85). The Bruins next face Arizona on Feb. 24 in Tucson at 6:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON - The Huskies (4-10) defeated the California Golden Bears 189.875-189.275 on Feb. 17 at Bank of America Arena. Senior Kelly McDonald won bars (9.825) and beam (9.825) to lead the injury-depleted Huskies to their first meet win of the season. Freshman Ashley Houghting took top honors on vault for the sixth-straight meet with a 9.875. It marked the seventh time this season that she has won vault, tying her for the ninth most vault wins all-time in Husky history. The Huskies return to action Fri., Feb. 24 for a 7 p.m. meet at Stanford.