Cal Edged By Arizona State
Sophomore Alicia Asturias scored a career-best 9.800 on the uneven bars to tie for third overall in the event.

Sophomore Alicia Asturias scored a career-best 9.800 on the uneven bars to tie for third overall in the event.

Jan. 20, 2012

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BERKELEY - The California women's gymnastics team scored a season-high 194.050, falling just short of Arizona State's 195.250 in Pac-12 competition Friday evening inside Wells Fargo Arena.

The Bears have increased their team total by nearly two full points each meet this season. Friday's score was Cal's highest since March 6 of last season, when the Bears posted a 194.175 at home against Oregon State, Stanford and Denver.

"We are very proud of their accomplishments tonight," said Cal head coach Danna Durante. "Justin and I stress each week that we want to make incremental steps and we are doing that. The gymnasts believe they can score higher and keep getting better. It is exciting to see where we are through three meets. We are very pleased with what we have done so far."

Junior Mariesah Pierce tied for first place overall with Arizona State's Beate Jones in the floor exercise with a score of 9.875. Junior Madisyn O'Brien and sophomore Alicia Asturias tied for sixth place in the event with a score of 9.700.

Cal scored a 48.725 on the uneven bars, led by sophomore Alicia Asturias' career-best score of 9.800 which tied for third overall in the event. O'Brien was right behind in fifth place with a score of 9.775. Junior Stina Olivere and sophomore Dallas Crawford tied for seventh place with a score of 9.725, while Pierce posted a score of 9.700 to place ninth. Kahoku Palafox of the Sun Devils scored a 9.850 to take home top honors on the bars.

O'Brien led Cal in the vault with a career-high score of 9.800 to tie for second place overall with Callie Price and Natasha Sundby of Arizona State. Pierce placed fifth overall with a score of 9.750. ASU's Beate Jones captured the vault title with a score of 9.875. The Bears scored a 48.475 as a team in the vault, marking their highest score in the event since Feb. 13, 2009, when Cal recorded a 48.500 also at Arizona State.

Junior Nicolette Lew scored a 9.775 on the balance beam to lead the Bears and place third overall in the event. Senior Alexandra Leggitt and junior Carol Chang tied for fourth overall with a score of 9.725. Freshman Crystal Paz finished eighth with a score of 9.675. Madison Snowden of Arizona State won the beam title with a score of 9.825.

Jones captured the all-around for the Sun Devils with a score of 39.300, while Pierce finished second with a score of 38.925 and O'Brien placed third for the Bears with a score of 38.450.

Cal returns to action next Friday at 7 p.m. at UC Davis for the first of two-consecutive meets with the Aggies. The Bears will host UC Davis the following Sunday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. inside Haas Pavilion.



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