California (5-2, 0-2) Battles No. 22 Arizona State (3-4, 0-4)
Feb. 11, 2005
Fri., Feb. 11 vs. No. 22 Arizona State - Tempe, Ariz. (Wells Fargo Arena), 6:00 p.m.
WHAT'S ON TAP: The California women's gymnastics team will be in search of its first Pac-10 victory of 2005 when it visits No. 22 Arizona State Fri., Feb. 11. The Bears have dropped conference decisions to No. 5 UCLA (Jan. 23) and No. 20 Arizona (Feb. 4). Friday's meet may be the best chance to reverse fortunes as the Sun Devils (3-4, 0-4) have lost their last four decisions, all to Pac-10 foes. Meet time at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz., is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
SCOUTING THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: No. 22 ARIZONA STATE has posted a 192.750 or better in each of its last four meets. Though that mark is a better all-around score than the Bears has posted in any of their four meets of 2005, the Sun Devils have come up short against No. 19 Washington (193.050-192.750), No. 20 Arizona (193.925-193.500), No. 5 UCLA (194.275-193.400) and No. 21 Oregon State (194.300-193.325) ... Both Arizona State's and Cal's top event five weeks into the season has been bars. The Sun Devils average a 48.650 (12th nationally) to the Bears' 48.169 (30th) ... ASU's beam average of 48.495 is 14th nationally ... ASU junior Ashley Kelly has been the Sun Devils' top scorer of the season, averaging a 39.120 all-around mark. The 2004 NCAA beam champion has the third-best average in Division I this season at 9.895 ... The Sun Devils are coached John Spini (25th year, 302-113-2) ... Cal is 3-19 all-time against Arizona State but defeated the Sun Devils, 195.950-194.350, at Haas Pavilion last year.
MEET IN REVIEW (2/4/05): Miho Maeda continued a strong senior season in Cal's 194.900-189.850 loss to No. 22 Arizona. The North Hills, Calif., native posted a 38.575 all-around score to finish second to Arizona's Monica Bisordi (39.175). Though her highest individual placement was third on bars (9.725), she posted the Bears' most consistent marks, tying her season-high on floor (9.775). Maeda has four of the five top all-around marks for Cal this season ... Freshman Nicki Wells improved her career-best mark in the all-around, scoring a 37.175 that included a new best score of 9.625 on floor ... Freshman Siobhan Luce competed in her first collegiate all-around, scoring a 37.625 that included a new season-best on vault (9.500) ... Sophomore Isabel Garcia posted a 9.600 on floor to set a new season high ... Freshman Alli Szutu returned from complications that kept her out of the Bears Jan. 28 meet at UC Davis to post a 9.650 on bars.
LOOKING AHEAD: Competition for the Bears only gets tighter following Friday's meet in Tempe. In the next three weeks, the Bears will face No. 19 Washington, No. 21 Oregon State, No. 1 Utah, No. 6 Florida and No. 26 Stanford.
HOME-MAT ADVANTAGE: Haas Pavilion will play host to the 2005 Pac-10 Gymnastics Championships, scheduled for 3 p.m. on March 26. It's the first time the structure has ever hosted the event, which should give the Bears an added boost. Due to the conference's strength - something that shouldn't change this season as all seven clubs were ranked in the GymInfo Preseason Top-25 - Cal hasn't fared well in the championships, finishing higher than seventh just once since 1994.