This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
March 14, 2006
2006 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS
Pac-10 teams head into their final weekend of the regular season. Five Pac-10 teams remain ranked among the nation's best--No. 7 STANFORD, No. 10 UCLA, No. 12 ARIZONA STATE, No. 15 ARIZONA and No. 17 OREGON STATE. Head-to-head action continues this week as the Wildcats travel to take on Texas Women's University. The CALIFORNIA Golden Bears play host to San Jose State. The Beavers host the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational, which includes Boise State, WASHINGTON, Seattle Pacific and Kentucky. The Bruins will travel east to compete against LSU. Two days later, on March 18, the Sun Devils take on Denver. The 2006 Pac-10 Championships get underway Sat., March 25, at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Mar. 17
ARIZONA at Texas Women's University, 6 p.m., MT
San Jose State at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m.
Salbasgeon Suites Invitational (OREGON STATE, Boise State, WASHINGTON, Seattle Pacific, Kentucky), 7 p.m.
UCLA at LSU, 5 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 18
ARIZONA STATE at Denver, 6 p.m.
ARIZONA - The then-No. 15 Arizona used a season-best performance on floor (49.225) to close out the final home meet of the year as the Wildcats (194.725) defeated then-No. 19 Denver (194.3000), Cal State Fullerton (193.000) and Southeast Missouri State (190.500) on March 10 in McKale Center before a Senior Night crowd of 860 fans. Freshman Bree Workman matched her career-high of 9.875 on vault as she captured the individual title. Junior Aubrey Taylor notched a 9.875 to place first on bars. She also captured her third all-around title of the season with a total of 39.150. Arizona improves to 8-9 on the season. The Wildcats will hit the road for their final regular season meet on March 18, at Texas Women's University.
ARIZONA STATE - Senior Ashley Kelly won her 20th all-around title (39.875) in her final meet at Wells Fargo Arena, as then-No. 14 Arizona State upset then-No. 4 Iowa State, 197.75-197.00. On Senior Night, in front of 904 fans, Lauren Powell and Kelly helped ASU post its seventh-best score in the program's history. Posting her first career 10.0, junior April Boone placed first on vault. Boone is only the second gymnast to achieve a 10.0 on vault in the nation this year. Kelly also scored a 10.0 on beam, the first 10.0 posted on beam in the nation this season. The Sun Devils wrap up the regular season at the University of Denver on March 18, before they head to the Pac-10 Championships in Corvallis, Ore., on March 25.
CALIFORNIA - California finished second at West Virginia's tri-meet on March 10 in Morgantown, W. Va. The then-No. 23 Mountaineers finished first (194.450), Cal fell in second (191.000) and Pittsburgh finished last (188.700). Senior Britani Pittullo posted a season-high 48.425 to finish second in the all-around competition. On March 12, California (192.225) won its first tri-meet, defeating North Carolina State (191.925) and host George Washington (191.025). Pittullo recorded the team's first 9.900 of the season on bars, and took first place honors on the event. Sophomore Nicki Wells finished second on bars as she recorded a 9.850. The Bears will return to Haas Pavilion on March 17 to host San Jose State on Senior Night. The meet is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
OREGON STATE - Then-No. 17 ranked Oregon State fell at then-No. 6 Utah, 195.150-196.575, in a dual meet March 10. The Beavers trailed from the beginning against the Utes at Jon M. Huntsman Center before a crowd of 10, 825. Freshman Jami Lanz took third in the all-around competition with a score of 39.125. Sophomore Megan Devencenzi tied for second on vault with a 9.850. The Beavers return to Gill Coliseum this week for the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational. No. 18 Kentucky joins OSU along with Washington, Boise State and Seattle Pacific for the five-way meet March 17.
STANFORD - Then-No. 3 Alabama beat Stanford 196.250-195.850 to end Stanford's six- meet winning streak. Stanford fell to 12-3 overall, and 6-2 in dual meets. Stanford sophomore Liz Tricase, who is ranked No. 1 in the nation on bars, won the individual competition with a score of 9.875. Fellow sophomore Tabitha Yim placed second on bars (9.850). Yim took first place honors on beam, scoring a 9.850. Stanford will rest before the Pac-10 Championships on March 25 at Oregon State. Stanford will host the NCAA West Regional on April 8 (6 p.m.) at Maples Pavilion.
UCLA - The Bruins had a bye week this past week. On Mar. 17, the Bruins will travel to take on LSU at 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON - Then-No. 20 ranked Arkansas posted a 196.350 to defeat Washington (193.025) on March 12. Senior Kelly McDonald took home her first all-around title of the season with a season-high 39.175. She was the only all-arounder to score a 39.000 or better. Freshman Ashley Houghting won her eighth vault title of the season, scoring a 9.875. The Huskies will return home to take finals before traveling to Corvallis, Ore. for their last regular season meet of the year. Washington will compete against Oregon State on March 17 at 7 p.m. in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational.