Jan. 31, 2003
Tucson, Ariz. (Jan. 31) - The No. 13 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team was edged by No. 6 Arizona State, 196.950-196.175, on Friday, Jan. 31 before a crowd of 972 in McKale Center. The Wildcats fall to 3-2 overall, 1-2 in the Pac-10, while the Arizona State Sun Devils improve to 5-1, 2-1.
Arizona took the team floor title with a season-high mark of 49.100. The Wildcats also posted a season-high team score of 49.175 on bars. Arizona's overall team score of 196.175 on Friday night stands as the sixth-best mark in team history.
Individually for the Wildcats, junior Sheehan Lemley placed fourth on bars with a career-high 9.875 and tied for fifth place on beam with a career-high mark of 9.850. Junior Andi McCabe tied for third place on vault with a season-high score of 9.900. Freshman Abby Pearson tied for fifth place on vault with a career-high 9.850.
On floor, sophomores Stevie Fanning and Katie Johnson led the way for Arizona tying for third place in the event with marks of 9.875, which was a career high for Fanning. Sophomore Jamie Duce tied for fifth place on bars (9.850) for the Wildcats. Sophomore Monica Bisordi finished with an all-around score of 38.525 to finish fourth in the event.
Arizona State grabbed an early lead over the Wildcats after the first event, posting a team mark of 49.475 on bars to Arizona's team vault score of 48.825. Arizona responded in the second rotation with a team score of 49.175, but trailed the Sun Devils, 98.825-98.000, at the halfway point.
Arizona was able to cut Arizona State's lead to, 147.525-147.075, heading into the final rotation by posting a team mark of 49.075 on beam, while Arizona State scored a 48.700 on floor in the third rotation.
"Our gymnasts fought hard tonight," head coach Bill Ryden said. "I couldn't be prouder of how our team fought. We have some errors to clear up, but to be able to put up a score of 196.175 with a patched up line up... we will take it. We don't like to lose, but Arizona State had to beat us tonight, we didn't beat ourselves."
Arizona will next travel to Columbia, Mo., for the 2003 Cat Classic on Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. (CST). The Wildcats will face Missouri, BYU and New Hampshire.