Final Home Meet for Gym Devils This Saturday Against Wildcats
TEMPE, Ariz. – With back-to-back wins and team scores over 197.000, No. 7 Sun Devil Gymnastics is heading into their final home meet of the season on Saturday, facing Arizona for the second week in a row, this time with the Territorial Cup point on the line.
Sun Devil Outlook
Arizona State (4-4)
- The Gym Devils are coming off a fantastic week, scoring two major team scores of 197.450 and 197.050, ninth and 14th in program history, in wins over Arizona at home and at Washington.
- The strong showings were just in time for the NQS (National Qualifying Score) rankings to start on Road to Nationals. Arizona State jumped up to No. 7 in the national rankings with an NQS of 197.075, the first time in the top 10 for NQS since 2006. Due to the different COVID season, the NQS this season is made up of the average of a team's top four scores (two home, two road/neutral).
- Arizona State has won six Pac-12 weekly awards this season, the most in a single season in program history. Emily White is the most recent recipient after winning the Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week nod. This was the third freshman/newcomer of the week honor for ASU, with Sarah Clark winning the first two.
- This Saturday's meet will celebrate the Gym Devils' two seniors, Cairo Leonard-Baker and Maya Williams.
- Four Sun Devils are ranked in the top 25 on Road to Nationals in different events.
- Anaya Smith, who has scored at least a 9.875 in the last five meets, is ranked No. 14 on vault.
- Sarah Clark is No. 16 on bars with four of her last five routines going for 9.900 or better.
- Cairo Leonard-Baker is No. 25 on floor where she has scored at least a 9.900 for the last four meets.
- Finally, Hannah Scharf is ranked No. 10 in the all-around and No. 22 on floor, where she has notched no lower than a 9.850 in all but the first meet.
- The Gym Devils have scored a 49.000+ on all four events for four meets in a row, which ties a program record. Additionally, they are currently at 12 meets in a row dating back to last season marking a 49.000+ on bars, which is an ASU record.
- Saturday will be the second of two matchups against Arizona in Desert Financial Arena this season. This upcoming meet is the one that will count for the Territorial Cup point.
- The Wildcats are coming off of a tri-meet in Tucson. Arizona hosted Air Force and Texas Woman's University, taking first over those two teams with a 194.350. After opening the season with two team scores of 195.000-plus, the Wildcats have yet to reach that mark again.
- They are ranked No. 37 on Road to Nationals, their best event being beam where they are ranked No. 28.
- The Sun Devils have bested the Wildcats for five years in a row after winning last week's matchup. In 2019 when there was no head-to-head matchup, ASU scored higher than Arizona at the Pac-12 Championships. Arizona State Head Coach Jay Santos has not lost to Arizona.
How to Watch
The rematch between these two squads will be available to watch on the ASU Live Stream when it begins at 4 p.m. MST. Live scoring will also be available.