This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics

Feb. 14, 2006

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With five out of seven teams currently ranked in the Top-20 nationally, the Pac-10 is always on the radar of other Conference's teams. This Fri., Feb. 17, No. 7 Iowa State will try its luck against the Pac-10's No. 19 OREGON STATE. Also, outside of Conference play, is No. 1 Georgia taking on the No. 9 Bruins of UCLA. In Conference competition, No. 14 ARIZONA is traveling North to compete against No. 10 STANFORD. CALIFORNIA will also travel to take on WASHINGTON. Two days later on Sun., Feb. 19, No. 12 ARIZONA STATE will compete against UCLA, Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis.


Fri., Feb. 17

ARIZONA at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m.


OREGON STATE at Iowa State, 7 p.m.

UCLA at Georgia, 4:30 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 19

ARIZONA STATE at UCLA, w/ Cal State Fullerton, UC Davis 2 p.m.


ARIZONA - The then-No. 14 Wildcats used strong performances early and late to outlast the then-No. 19 Beavers, 195.400-194.925, on Feb. 10 at home. The Wildcats, who last won in Corvallis in 1997, were able to pull out the victory in part due to junior Aubrey Taylor capturing her second all-around title in three weeks. Taylor earned a share of the bars title by matching her season and career-high of 9.900. The Arizona bars team ranks No. 4 in the nation. On the vault, Arizona was led by sophomores Rachelle Silberg and Karin Wurm who shared the individual title, as each received 9.775 marks. Arizona (3-7) will remain on the road this week as it takes on Stanford on Feb. 17.

ARIZONA STATE - Senior All-American Ashley Kelly won the 17th all-around of her career, but the then-No. 10 Sun Devils were defeated by the then-No. 12 Cardinal, 195.725-196.325, Feb. 10, at Wells Fargo Arena in front of 931 fans. Kelly posted a 39.675, her best score of the season. This score is the highest posted nationally this year. Kelly ranks 10th nationally in the all-around (39.170) and first (9.890) on the balance beam. Junior Cassandra Jusino is ranked first nationally in the all-around (39.475) and second on the balance beam (9.875). The Sun Devils travel to California to take on No. 11 UCLA on Feb. 19 at Pauley Pavilion.

CALIFORNIA - California finished third (190.850) in its quad meet against then-No. 11 UCLA (196.500), Sacramento State (192.500) and UC Davis (190.300) on Feb. 10. The Bears opened the competition strong by posting their season-best score (48.300) on the vault. Junior Isabel Garcia (9.675) and senior Britani Pittullo (9.750) set their season-highs on vault. Freshman Joanna Bennet tied for first on the bars, setting a career-high of 9.875 in the event. The Bears will travel next to Washington on Feb. 17.

OREGON STATE - Oregon State's leotards were pink and white on Feb. 10 as the first annual 'Pink Out' took place in support of breast cancer awareness in front of 3,537 fans at Gill Coliseum. The then-No. 19 Beavers fell to the then-No. 14 Arizona Wildcats with a final score of 195.400-194.925. OSU freshman Jami Lanz finished second in the all-around competition with a personal best of 39.200. Senior Chrissy Lamun earned her way to the beam title with a 9.9. Freshman Tasha Smith was taken out of the line-up due to an aggravated toe injury that occurred in warm-ups. The Beavers are on the road for the next four weeks, beginning their trek at Iowa State on Feb. 17.

STANFORD - The then-12th ranked Cardinal recorded their best team effort of the season as they beat then-No. 10 Arizona State 196.325-195.725 on Feb. 10. Led by a 1-2-3 finish on bars by sophomore Liz Tricase (9.900), sophomore Tabitha Yim (9.875) and senior Glyn Sweets (9.875), the Stanford point total (196.325) surpassed its previous season best of 194.950. Along with Tricase's efforts on bars, she tallied a career-high 9.950 on vault. Sophomore Alex Pintchouk also produced a career-high 9.850 on the floor exercise. Stanford (8-2) returns home on Feb. 17 against Arizona at Burnham Pavilion.

UCLA - The then-No. 11 Bruins earned a season-high total of 196.5 to win a quad meet at California on Feb. 10. Sacramento State was second (192.5), followed by California (190.85) and UC Davis (190.3). Senior Kate Richardson won the all-around, scoring a season-high of 39.575. Richardson also took first-place honors on all four events, winning beam (9.9) and floor (9.9), while tying for first on vault (9.9) with teammate sophomore Jordan Schwikert, and tying on bars (9.875) with four others. Two days later, the Bruins defeated Washington at home in the John Wooden Challenge, 195.55-193.2. Schwikert and freshman Kristina Comforte tied for first on vault (9.9), Richardson won bars (9.925), freshman Melissa Chan (9.925) won beam, and Schwikert won floor (9.9). The Bruins (12-1) will next face top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Georgia in Athens on Feb. 17, before returning home to face Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis on Feb. 19.

WASHINGTON - Freshman Ashley Houghting (9.925) set a career-high to win vault and senior Kelly McDonald (9.825) won bars as the Huskies (3-9) finished third at a tri-meet in Utah on Feb. 10. Utah State (193.350) won the meet, Texas Women's University finished second (191.125) and Washington finished third (190.4). Two days later, the Huskies lost to then-No. 11 UCLA 195.550-193.2. Houghting tied for first on vault with a score of 9.9. McDonald came in second on the beam with a score of 9.825. The Huskies return to the mat on Feb. 17 at home against California.

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