Feb. 17, 1998
THIS WEEK: Friday, Feb. 20 Stanford Stanford 7:30 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: Friday, Feb. 27 UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara 7:00 p.m.
BEARS FACTS AND STATS: The California's women's gymnastics team begins the second half of the 1998 season with back-to-back road contests at Stanford and UC Santa Barbara. The Bears are 5-7 overall, 0-6 in the Pac-10, and are ranked fifth in the Western Region. Cal has a 47.819 team average on the uneven bars to rank 22nd nationally in that event. The meet against Stanford will be Cal's last chance to defeat a Pac-10 foe before the conference championships on March 21. Seven Pac-10 universities have women's gymnastics programs and six are ranked in the top 25 nationally, making the Pac-10 one of the most competitive conferences in the country.
UCLA TALENT TOO MUCH FOR CAL: The Bears lost195.300-188.700 to defending NCAA champion UCLA in a home meet last Friday. The Bruins' team score was their second-highest of the season, just falling short of the 195.400 they set Feb. 6 in the UCLA Invitational, and the team now holds the best two scores in the Pac-10 for 1998. UCLA's Heidi Moneymaker won the all-around with a 39.375 score and teammates Lena Degteva (39.175) and Andrea Fong (38.525) took second and third, respectively, to sweep the top three places. Cal's Helene Kenny continued her impressive freshman campaign on the bars with a 9.825 second-place score. She is currently ranked tenth in the nation with a 9.842 average in that event.
ABOUT THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: The 11th-ranked Stanford Cardinal are 5-3 overall, 1-3 in the Pac-10, after defeating Air Force (183.850) and Denver (191.250) to win the