This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
Feb. 7, 2006
The Pac-10 continues to impress with outstanding individual performances and strong team efforts. UCLA's Kristina Comforte turned in the nations first perfect score with a 10.0 on vault and five teams remain ranked nationally among the Top-20. In this weeks' competition, No. 10 ARIZONA STATE will host No. 12 STANFORD. No. 11 UCLA will travel to CALIFORNIA, and then host WASHINGTON two days later. No. 14 ARIZONA will travel north to take on No. 19 OREGON STATE.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Feb. 10
ARIZONA at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE, 7:30 p.m.
UCLA at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Utah State, 7 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 12
WASHINGTON at UCLA, 2 p.m.
ARIZONA - The then-No. 10 Wildcats (195.325) picked up their second-consecutive victory as they knocked off Washington (193.000) on Feb. 3, in front of 1,004 fans in McKale Center. Led by sophomore Danielle Hicks' (39.175) first all-around title of the season, the Wildcats turned in four solid rotations to post their third total of 195.150 or better in as many weeks. Freshman Alexis Greene won the floor title with a mark of 9.875, which equaled her career-high. During the meet, gymnasts, coaches and support staff members of both teams wore pink ribbons to show support for breast cancer awareness. The Wildcats will be in action again Feb. 10 against Oregon State in Corvallis.
ARIZONA STATE - Then-No. 2 Utah squeaked past then-No. 12 Arizona State 196.100-196.175, as the Sun Devils lost Feb. 10 at home in front of 1,521 fans, the third-largest crowd ever. The Sun Devils swept the all-around competition, with junior April Boone and freshman Nicole Harris tying for the title with scores of 39.35. Senior Ashley Kelly placed third, scoring 39.025. Kelly also placed first on the uneven bars, scoring a season-best 9.950, and took second on the balance beam with a score of 9.9. The Sun Devils remain at home to face Pac-10 rival Stanford on Feb. 10.
CALIFORNIA - California posted a season-high team score of 192.150, but it wasn't enough against the then-No. 13 Stanford Cardinal (195.925). The Bears posted their season-best 48.300 on the vault. Junior Justine Cephus (9.700) and freshman Jessica Kelley (9.775) both posted career-highs, while sophomore Siobhan Luce (9.650) and sophomore Alli Szutu recorded season-highs (9.525) on vault. The Bears will host UCLA, Sacramento State and UC Davis on Fri., Feb. 10, in Haas Pavilion.
OREGON STATE - The Beavers did not compete this week. They will compete at home on Feb. 10 against Arizona.
STANFORD - The then-No. 13 ranked Cardinal recorded its highest point total of the 2006 season, with a convincing 195.925-192.150 victory over California on Feb. 3. Stanford's previous season-best was 194.950. The Cardinal recorded first place wins in the all-around (sophomore, Tabitha Yim, 39.300), vault (sophomore, Liz Tricase, 9.950), bars (Tricase, 9.925) beam (Yim, 9.875) and floor exercise (freshman, Nicole Ourada, 9.900). The victory upped Stanford's record to 7-2 overall. Stanford travels to Arizona State on Feb. 10 .
UCLA - Freshman Kristina Comforte scored the first 10.0 in the nation this season, hitting a perfect Yurchenko layout full to help UCLA defeat Cal State Fullerton in a dual meet at Titan Gym, 195.925-190.050. Comforte also won the uneven bars with a career-high 9.9 and tied for third on beam and floor. She recorded a career-high 39.475 in the all-around to place second behind teammate senior Kate Richardson, who won the all-around with a season-high 39.55. The Bruins will compete next at California on Feb. 10, before hosting Washington on Feb. 12.
WASHINGTON - For the fourth time in five meets, senior Kelly McDonald (9.900) won bars and freshman Ashley Houghting (9.900) won vault for the Huskies. This wasn't enough, however, as the Huskies lost to the Wildcats 195.325-193.000 on Feb. 3 at McKale Center. McDonald's individual title on bars was her 18th career individual title, eight of which have come on bars. Freshman Kelly Gilbert and McDonald tied for second place on beam as the Huskies improved their season-high beam score to a 48.925. The Huskies return to action on Feb. 10 against Utah State in Logan, Utah.
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