No. 5 Stanford To Host No. 12 Arizona
Jan. 17, 2008
No. 5 Stanford vs. No. 12 Arizona
January 20, 2007 2PM
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No. 5 Stanford women's gymnastics gave the three-time defending champions all they could handle, but fell by just six tenths last weekend at Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal will look to rebound this weekend against No. 12 Arizona, a team that has made the NCAA Tournament 21 seasons in a row. The Cardinal defeated Arizona last season in Tucson by a score of 196.400 to 195.375.
Last Time Out:
Last weekend the Stanford women's gymnastics team lost by only six tenths against top-ranked University of Georgia. The meet featured the debut of redshirt freshman Allyse Ishino, who missed all of last season due to illness. Ishino performed admirably in her first ever collegiate action, scoring a 9.850 on beam, 9.875 on bars, and 9.900 on vault.
Sophomore Carly Janiga also picked up where she left off last season by scoring a 9.900 on beam and a 9.825 on bars. Last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year also picked up more honors from the conference when she was named the inaugural Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week. The Cardinal also got a very strong performance from junior Nicole Ourada, who was the only Cardinal gymnast to perform in the all-around. Ourada scored a 9.850 on beam, 9.750 on bars, 9.800 on floor and 9.900 on vault, which was good for a 39.300 score in the all-around.
Arizona is led by senior Karin Wurm who earned All-American status in the all-around and floor last season. The Wildcats also are led by Alexis Greene who was injured throughout 2007, but won the all-around title in Arizona's first meet against NC State and Alaska Anchorage with a score of 38.800.
Senior Danielle Hicks and junior Briana Bergeson also lead Arizona, after performing strongly in 2007. Hicks has a high of 9.900 on beam and Bergeson a high of 9.950 on beam as well. In their first meet of the season the Wildcats defeated NC State and Alaska Anchorage in Tucson, Ariz.
After the first weekend of competition the Cardinal rank among the nation's best in all of the events. After producing a team average of 49.275, the Cardinal rank second nationally on vault, only behind the University of Florida, who scored a 49.300 in their first meet. The Cardinal rank first nationally on beam, with a team score of 49.150 after the first weekend. Stanford also ranked sixth nationally on floor and 11th on bars.
After the Arizona meet the Cardinal will hit the road for the first time in 2008. They travel to UCLA on Friday, Jan. 25 to take on the No. 10 UCLA Bruins. The Cardinal faced UCLA twice last season and won both meets with a 196.975-195.525 road victory and a 196.825-196.250 victory at Burnham Pavilion.