Stanford Falls Short at No. 5 Alabama
March 7, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 3 Stanford women's gymnastics team earned solid scores across the board, exceeding 49 points as a team in every event. But, ultimately, it was not enough to beat No. 5 Alabama in a dual meet before 9,235 on Friday night.
Stanford trailed throughout, but closed to within 0.2 heading into the final rotation. While the Cardinal earned its best team score of the meet, 49.275 on the beam, Alabama (6-5) countered with a 49.45 on the floor to finish off the victory.
Carly Janiga earned Stanford's only victory, capturing the balance beam with a score of 9.9 to culminate her 39.45-point performance in the all-around, which placed her second to Alabama's Ashley Priess, with 39.525.
Danielle Ikoma was the only Stanford gymnast to earn a season best, scoring 9.85 to tie her best in the vault. But as the Cardinal assembled a consistent effort of scores in the 9.8s, only Janiga's beam score reached the 9.9s.
This was the fifth consecutive season that Stanford had competed in a dual meet with a team from the Southeastern Conference, and it was the third such meet against Alabama. Stanford dropped to 0-5 in those meets, the Cardinal fared better in last year's Super Six, finishing third to Alabama's sixth.
The meet concluded a strong regular season for No. 3 Stanford (13-2), which now looks toward defending its Pacific-10 Conference championship on March 21 at Maples Pavilion. The meet begins at 4 p.m.