Out-Of-Bounds Penalties Cost Bruins In Loss To Stanford

Feb. 14, 2010

Los Angeles, Calif. - Falls on balance beam and out-of-bounds deductions on floor exercise cost fifth-ranked UCLA in a 195.975-195.625 loss to eighth-ranked Stanford on Sunday afternoon in Pauley Pavilion.

The highlight of UCLA's meet was a season-high total of 49.55 on uneven bars, which ranks as the ninth-best bar total in school history. Senior Anna Li was just shy of a perfect 10, scoring a career-high tying 9.975. Bruin sophomore Vanessa Zamarripa won the all-around (39.5), beam (9.9) and floor (9.9). Brittani McCullough won the vault with a 9.9 while debuting a Yurchenko 1.5 vault.

Stanford took an early lead after the first rotation, scoring 49.075 on uneven bars while UCLA scored 48.975 on vault. Vault scoring was tight, as all six Bruins had no major errors but failed to score above 9.8 until McCullough scored a 9.9 with a nearly stuck Yurchenko 1.5 on her first time competing that vault. Tauny Frattone and Zamarripa each scored 9.8.

The Bruins blasted into the lead in the second rotation after scoring 49.55 on uneven bars. UCLA started its set with a 9.8 from Aisha Gerber, followed by a 9.85 from McCullough, and a 9.875 from Monique De La Torre. Freshman Lichelle Wong tied her career-best with a 9.9, as did Zamarripa with a 9.95, setting up Li for the second 9.975 of her career. Stanford ran into the same tight scoring on vault that UCLA did, with six good vaults totaling just 49.875. Nicole Dayton led the Cardinal with a 9.825 on a stuck vault.

UCLA went into the third rotation ahead by 0.525, but lost its the lead after suffering falls from its first two competitors. The back half of the beam lineup was spectacular, however, with Zamarripa scoring 9.9, Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs scoring 9.875, and Li earning a 9.8, leading the way for a team total of 48.55. Stanford had a very strong floor set, with five scores going for 9.8 or higher, including a 9.9 from Carly Janiga. The Cardinal's 49.275 score allowed Stanford to take a 0.25 lead heading into the final rotation, 147.325-147.075.

The Bruins suffered from five out-of-bounds penalties on floor exercise, with four-tenths of a point coming out of the final team total, costing the Bruins a chance for the victory. Although Stanford was shaky on balance beam, scoring 48.65, the Bruins were unable to capitalize, scoring just 48.55 on floor. Zamarripa led the Bruins with a 9.9.

Zamarripa won the all-around for the second-straight meet, scoring 39.55. Li placed fourth with a 39.175, and McCullough, competing all-around for the first time since 2008, scored 38.775.

The Bruins will next host Oregon State on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 pm in Pauley Pavilion.

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