Feb. 23, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. -
The No. 2 Stanford women's gymnastics team completes its home schedule with a dual meet against No. 33 Arizona State on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. The meet also represents Stanford's Senior Day, during which the Cardinal will honor seniors Shelley Alexander, Danielle Ikoma, and Allyse Ishino. Stanford (14-0) is off to its best-ever start and has an opportunity to complete the dual-meet season undefeated for the first time in its history if it can beat the Sun Devils this week and win a quad meet at Cal next week. Arizona State (4-8) comes to Stanford having won its past two duals.
Notable Achievements so far in 2011
• Ranked No. 2 in the country
• Best start in school history (14-0)
• The nation's No. 1-ranked gymnast on floor exercise, Ashley Morgan
• Ranked among the nation's top four teams in every event
• Has beaten defending NCAA champion UCLA three times
• Three times has rallied from behind or a tie in the final rotation to win
Follow the Action
• Links to live stats can be found at gostanford.com.
• Stanford updates can be found on Stanford's twitter account, go to twitter@stanfordwgym or watch just-uploaded videos during the meet at the team's SWG Live Facebook page.
Stanford will honor its three seniors -- Shelley Alexander, Danielle Ikoma, and Allyse Ishino -- before and after Sunday's meet. All are captains and have been vital parts of the Cardinal lineup for the past three seasons. Here is a recap of their accomplishments:
• Shelley Alexander (Seguin, Texas): 2010 NCAA Southeast Regional champion on vault and beam ... 2009 All-Pac-10 first team on vault and floor.
• Danielle Ikoma (Naperville, Ill.): One of the most versatile performers on the team ... a regular in at least two events in each of the past three years and a Super Six veteran.
• Allyse Ishino (Santa Ana, Calif.): Top all-around average on the team this season ... 2010 All-Pac-10 second team on bars ... 2009 NCAA South Central champ on bars.
Stanford, competing in its third meet in eight days, earned its 14th consecutive victory over Arizona, scoring a 195.300-194.675 victory in Tucson. The victory also extended Stanford's season-opening winning streak to a school-record 14 straight.
Ishino Expected Back for Postseason
Fifth-year senior Allyse Ishino is expected to be out 3-5 weeks after spraining her ankle on the floor against Arizona. Ishino, a team captain and the team's top all-around competitor, could be back in a limited role at the Pac-10 Championships on March 19 in Los Angeles, but more likely would return for the NCAA regionals on April 2. She is expected to be ready for the NCAA Championships April 14-16 in Cleveland.
Sunday's Opponent: Arizona State
The Sun Devils have won their past two dual meets, over Washington and California, to improve to 4-8 this season. Brittany Schuett, a senior from Canada, scored a 9.90 on her season debut in the vault last week, and hit 9.85 on floor. Beate Jones, another senior, has the team's highest all-around average of 39.075. ASU has a Regional Qualifying Score of No. 33 and a season-high score of 195.750.
The Arizona State Series
Stanford has won the past 16 meetings with Arizona State, including the Pac-10 Showcase on Jan. 9 in Los Angeles. ASU's last victory in the series was Jan. 18, 2004 in Tempe (195.825-195.500) over a Stanford team would go on to finish third in the nation. Since 2001, Stanford is 24-1 against the Sun Devils. Stanford's Kristen Smyth has coached in the series each year since 1997. While at Stanford, her teams are 21-1 against ASU. While an assistant at ASU from 1997-2001, her teams went 6-6 against Stanford. Another connection is first-year ASU assistant coach Mike Lorenzen, a Stanford assistant the past five years.
Best Start Ever
After six meets, Stanford is averaging 196.457 points. If the Cardinal maintains that pace, it would be the team's highest average team score since 2004. Below is a comparison of 2011 with recent full-season averages:
2011: 196.457 (14-0 start and No. 2 ranking)
2010: 196.277 (NCAA fourth place)
2009: 196.295 (NCAA eighth place)
2008: 195.236 (Pac-10 champs; NCAA third place)
2007: 196.416 (Regional champ, NCAA fifth place)
2006: 195.682 (Pac-10 champs)
2005: 194.223 (fourth in Pac-10)
2004: 197.140 (Pac-10 chanps, NCAA third place)
One aspect that has characterized Stanford's team this season is its' pattern of clutch performances. Three times (vs. UCLA, Utah, Michigan) in seven meets Stanford has been tied or behind going into the final rotation, but has rallied to win.
Stanford's Most Recent Lineup
This was the lineup Stanford used in beating Arizona in a dual meet Feb. 19. Note that Allyse Ishino now is unavailable because of injury.
Vault: Ikoma, A. Morgan, Ishino, Dayton, Alexander, Brown
Bars: Alexander, A. Morgan, Ishino, Brown, Pechanec, Vaculik
Beam: Brown, Ikoma, Pechanec, S. Morgan, A. Morgan, Alexander
Floor: Ikoma, Vaculik, Ishino, Pechanec, Alexander, A. Morgan
Stanford in the National Rankings
Stanford is No. 2 in the GymInfo rankings, which are based on a formula that determines Regional Qualifying Scores, which are used to determine inclusion and seeding into NCAA regionals. This week's top 10:
1, Florida 197.055; 2, Stanford 196.585; 3, Oklahoma 196.250; 4, Georgia 196.175; 5, Alabama 196.115; 6, Oregon State 195.935; 7, Nebraska 195.595; 8, Michigan 195.575; 9, UCLA 195.355; 10, Penn State 195.300.
All-Around: 4th, Shelley Alexander, 39.280
Vault: 9th, Alyssa Brown, 9.870
12th, Shelley Alexander, 9.860
Bars: 3rd, Allyse Ishino, 9.880
5th, Alyssa Brown, 9.870
8th, Nicole Pechanec, 9.865
Beam: 10th, Shelley Alexander, 9.840
18th, Alyssa Brown, 9.815
Floor: 1st, Ashley Morgan, 9.915